Councillors have been warned that if the government sticks to its published spending plans, the outlook for services across Cambridgeshire is bleak unless the Area Cost Adjustment scheme
is changed. The scheme gives extra government cash to south-eastern local authorities - but not Cambridgeshire.
Services in Cambridgeshire have faced cuts in eight of the last nine years.
Council leader Keith Walters said: 'The outcome of the review is crucial for Cambridgeshire especially if, as has been trailed, the
method by which they distribute cash to councils is then frozen for three years.
'The present system is seriously flawed. How can it be fair to give schools in neighbouring Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex£200 more for every pupil than those in Cambridgeshire receive?'
Liberal Democrat Leader Sal Brinton said: 'Two generations of children have now passed through our schools underfunded while successive governments have dithered and prevaricated. Tony Blair says his priorities are education, education, education. We want action, action, action.'
Labour leader Janet Jones said: 'Getting the Area Cost Adjustment and a fairer deal for Cambridgeshire is one subject on which there is all-party support.
'Cambridgeshire is awarded less government cash per head of population than any other county council in England. All we're asking for is a fair deal.'