County coun­cil leader to speak at meet­ing

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

THE LEADER of Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil is the next speaker to ad­dress the busi­ness com­mu­nity in Hinck­ley.

Coun­cil­lor Nick Rush­ton will be guest of hon­our on Tues­day Septem­ber 19 as the Hinck­ley and District Cham­ber of Trade hold a spe­cial meet­ing at the Atkins Build­ing in Lower Bond Street.

A county ward rep­re­sen­ta­tive since 1989 Cllr Rush­ton has been on the rul­ing cab­i­net since 2001 and was elected leader of the au­thor­ity in 2012.

Pres­i­dent of the cham­ber, Rose­mary Wright, said: “It is well known that Le­ices­ter­shire is one of the worst funded county coun­cils in the coun­try. For example if Le­ices­ter­shire re­ceived the same fund­ing level as Sur­rey it would re­ceive £104 mil­lion more each year.

“The rea­son for this is the un­fair or flawed sys­tem which cal­cu­lates how much each county gets from Gov­ern­ment which has been fought vig­or­ously for re­form by the county for some time.

“They have worked on and drawn up a pro­posed new sys­tem which al­lo­cates money in a fairer way and im­por­tantly gives Le­ices­ter­shire share.

“It is only by very care­ful fis­cal man­age­ment by the county coun­cil led by Ni­cholas Rush­ton that we have not seen more cuts to our ser­vices and fairer fund­ing would be hugely pop­u­lar with res­i­dents and busi­nesses.”

Those who at­tend, who will in­clude town cen­tre re­tail­ers and bosses, bor­ough big­wigs and other busi­ness sup­port­ers, will hear Cllr Rush­ton speak on how the coun­cil works, his role and how the bod­ies he serves on feed into na­tional pol­i­tics and de­ci­sion-mak­ing. its fair

Nick Rush­ton

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