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Rural councils are demanding a larger slice of local government funding. ...
Rural councils are demanding a larger slice of local government funding.

The demand is included in a rural strategy white paper published this week by the Local Government Association's Rural Commission. It asks that 'the current fundamental review of the local government finance system resolves the perennial problems surrounding the additional costs of providing services to rural communities'.

The paper is published as tensions are revealed between rural and urban LGA Labour group members over the impact of the grant formula on their areas.

One of the other demands, a ministry for rural affairs, suffered a setback last week when Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions permanent secretary Sir Andrew Turnbull told MPs the government was not discussing it (LGC, 26 June).

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