£2m from central Government ‘does not tackle underlying matter’

PUBLISHED: 16:55 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:55 28 February 2018

Somerset County Council will receive £2million from central Government.

Somerset County Council will receive £2million from central Government.

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An additional £2million in central Government funding will be given to Somerset County Council – but it says more will be needed.

The council will spend £1.5million to ease pressures on adult social care budgets and the rest will be put towards extra costs facing rural counties.

Recent figures across all the shire counties show on average, funding per person is more than £700 per year, but in Somerset it is £600.

Although welcomed, the council is clear this one-off money does not address the issue of underfunding from central Government.

Plans for the long-term financing of social care are due later this year.

Council leader David Fothergill said: “Our budgets are under huge pressure so any additional funding is welcome, but this does not tackle the underlying matter.

“People are still getting short-changed and we will continue to lobby hard for fairer funding to make sure the Somerset voice is heard in Westminster.”

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