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HIGHLAND WINS PROFESSOR'S SUPPORT IN FUNDING BIAS CLAIM

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Councils in many parts of rural areas of mainland Scotland are not getting a fair share of government funding becau...
Councils in many parts of rural areas of mainland Scotland are not getting a fair share of government funding because of a flaw in the allocation mechanism, according to Arthur Midwinter, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, The Scotsman reports (p6).

His report into the financing of council services in Highland, commissioned by the council, argues there is in-built discrimination against rural mainland authorities.

'Basically the present system does not recognise the costs of providing essential services in rural areas,' the professor said.

The report will be considered by Highland councillors today. Council convener Peter Peacock said he hoped it would be influential in persuading the Scottish office to review the way grants are shared out, the paper reports.

A Scottish Office spokesman said it was already committed to a full review of the grant distribution formula.
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