Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay, has welcomed the news that the Government has added an additional £500million to its Local Government Settlement for 2024/25 – the annual figure the Government provides to local authorities like Cornwall Council.
The £500million boost to the national figure will see Cornwall Council benefit with an increase of an expected £6.5million in total on top of what had previously been announced.
Commenting, Steve said:
“This is welcome news indeed. Along with my Cornish MP colleagues, and Cornwall Council’s Cabinet I have been making the case to the Government that they should provide more funding to Cornwall Council during these challenging times.”
Just in the past week I have held a debate in Parliament on this subject, as well as writing to the Prime Minister and Chancellor with my concerns.”
“I am delighted that the Government has listed and revised the settlement figures, giving more money to Cornwall Council to help it in delivering essential services such as adult social care and services in rural areas, for the people of our Duchy.”
“In particular I welcome the increase of 15% to the Rural Services Delivery Grant in 2024-25. This should mean approximately an increase of £1.5million to Cornwall Council..”
“I will continue to make the case to secure as much as possible for Cornwall to reflect the challenges in delivering service to communities across the Duchy.”