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DERBYSHIRE UNHAPPY LONDON BOROUGHS GET RSG FOR PEAK DISTRICT

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London local authorities are receiving grants for maintenance of national parks 200 miles away, says the Yorkshire ...
London local authorities are receiving grants for maintenance of national parks 200 miles away, says the Yorkshire Post (p9).

The Post says that the government allows roughly £20m for the upkeep of the seven English national parks - two in Yorkshire plus those of the Lake District, Northumbria, Dartmoor and Exmoor. Only £15m goes directly to the park boards, with £5m divided up between 400 councils in the miscellaneous services element of revenue support grant.

The Post reports that research by Derbyshire CC shows that the peculiarities of the funding formula mean that the £5m is divided in such a way that, for instance, Lewisham LBC gets £33,000, Croydon £23,000 and Haringey £24,000.

But the parks claim their missing £5m share back directly only from the 12 authorities they deal with - Derbyshire, Sheffield, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Kirklees, Barnsley, Oldham, Cumbria, Cleveland, North Yorkshire Devon and Somerset.

Derbyshire receives about £13,000 in RSG and pays out more than £700,000 to the Peak Park Planning Board, North Yorkshire gets less than £5,000 and gives £2m to the Dales and the Moors.

Derbyshire leader Martin Doughty said: 'Visitors bring problems as well as benefits and our point is that the money we need is already available but every authority in the land is getting a share of it for some reason.'

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