Skip to main content
Fair funding hero image

Leicestershire remains the lowest-funded county in the country. If it was funded at the same level as Surrey, it would be £104 million per year better off, or £350 million, compared to Camden. With budget pressures intensifying, we're stepping up our campaign for reform - find out more below.

We believe that national resources should be shared fairly and are asking you to:

How does Leicestershire compare to other councils?

Leicestershire fares badly, and has been the lowest funded county for many years. If it was funded at the same level as Surrey, it would be £104 million per year better off, or £350 million, compared to CamdeFair funding infographicn.

What’s wrong with the current system?

We believe it doesn’t share national resources fairly – this view is shared by many others in local government because:

  • It doesn’t match funding with an area’s needs, creating a postcode lottery.  
  • It's out-of-date, complex and unclear, as it’s based on old systems, which focus heavily on past spending levels.

What does it mean for the Leicestershire?

We’ve planned ahead for reduced funding - and saved £161 million so far. But with a further £66 million to save, £23 million of which is unidentified, balancing the books is harder than ever. Without fair funding, we could be cutting to the bone of public services.

What action has the council taken?

For many years, we’ve been pressing the government for change - and they've agreed a new approach is required. In 2016, we developed a new simplified funding model which shares resources fairly and - supported by Leicestershire’s seven MPs - presented Fair funding infographicit to ministers and senior civil servants at Westminster.

How is your proposal fairer?

Our new model:

  • Allocates money in a fair way, based on need. This is a more just way of distributing money, and importantly, gives Leicestershire its fair share.
  • Is a simple, clear formula, based on factors that drive demand for local services, such as the number of older people, the length of roads travelled by HGVs and the number of school-age children.
  • Narrows the gap between the highest and lowest funded councils.
 

What happens next?

We’re asking you to explore the facts and figures - the current system and our proposed new model – watch our video and take a look at our infographics.

Then, tell us what you think – we’ll share your views with the government as part of our campaign to secure fair funding.

Watch our video of Councillor Byron Rhodes explaining why fair funding is important.

Fair Funding for Leicestershire

Help us improve this page Hide content
Top of page