Theresa May is facing a revolt ver her rural policies
Tories are up in arms at what they see as urban bias, with cities prioritised under years of Labour rule and now seemingly again under Theresa May.
The Prime Minister announced last month a new funding formula for schools in order to shift money away from places such as Manchester and London.
But a hardcore group of countryside-inspired Tory MPs called the Rural Caucus has warned if more is not done there could be a revolt in the Commons.
James Heappey, Tory MP for Wells and leader of the rural services network held a meeting with communities secretary Sajid Javid to discuss the issue.
Although the details of the meeting remain under wraps, Mr Heappey revealed there is “anger” among MPs and he has informed the party whip he may revolt.
Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbuy and Atcham, said: “The huge massive scale of differentiation between the inner cities and shire counties is unsustainable and irresponsible.
“This is a ticking time bomb.”
Sarah Lee, Head of Policy at the Countryside Alliance slammed Government for its treatment of rural regions.
She said: “The cost of delivering public services in rural areas has been consistently underestimated and underfunded by all governments in recent years.
“The provision of schooling, social care, and policing in more sparsely populated rural areas, often costs more to deliver, but rural local authorities generally receive less money per-head than their urban counterparts.
“This ‘rural penalty’ is holding back rural communities and creating a deep sense of frustration. People in rural areas pay the same amount in taxes and yet receive public services that are too often underfunded.
“We welcomed the current Government’s attempts to address the ‘rural penalty’ with new funding formulas and the increase in the rural services delivery grant but policies need to be judged on results, and people in rural communities are still not seeing the benefits.
“In particular, the current review of police funding must recognise the unique challenge of policing rural areas.”
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