When looking at how much money central government will be giving our County Council in the upcoming financial year 2017/2018, it becomes clear that not all counties are born equal.
Every year central government works out how much it will give to local authorities to help them fund their operations. This annual determination is called the Local Government Finance Settlement.
I decided to compare Dorset with other counties to see where we stand in Dorset on how much the government spoons out on a per capita basis. I also discarded unitary authorities as it would not be comparing like with like.
But to make things interesting I thought I would only compare Dorset to other Counties where the Conservative Party has overall control, either by majority or minority.
There are 27 such counties and four are not under Tory control, which leaves the 23 in the chart below.
As you can see, Dorset is definitely at the back of the queue when it comes to central government funding (22nd out of 23)! The only county that fared worse was Buckinghamshire. And some people wonder why Dorset councils are looking to cut services! By the way, the £101 and change we get next year is down from the £136 we got last year.
So a Conservative voting county is being short changed by quite a margin it seems! And this sort of thing should be pointed out by the supposed local opposition – the Liberal Democrats – who employ a tactic of ‘opposition by thundering silence’.
Now, local authority funding is a complex beast, so the devil is in the detail. Still, it would be nice to see an explanation (excuses) for this. Or is it just the result of a bunch of Tories toeing the line with zero opposition?