County council leader to speak at meeting
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