THE Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, has been appointed a Parliamentary Patron of the Rural Fair Share Campaign, a cross-party initiative launched to ensure rural areas receive their ‘fair share’ of funding settlements from Government.
The campaign brings together Members of Parliament with other organisations and community groups concerned about the welfare of English rural communities and the services provided in them. The group has been formed following detailed analysis of Government funding figures published by the Rural Services Network, a membership organisation devoted to safeguarding and improving services in English rural communities.
Mr Turner said: “The figures produced by the Rural Services Network highlight that on average people living in rural areas earn less than city-dwellers and pay higher council tax, yet some urban areas, particularly in London, receive more funding per head. I am one of a number of MPs from all parties who have got together to form the Rural Fair Share Campaign. We all represent rural constituencies and working together we will seek to highlight anomalies in funding between urban and rural areas and make Government funding fair for all those who live in our countryside.”