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 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.'