Consistently Wokingham BC has received one of the smallest grants in the country from central government, leaving a larger share of its budget to be taken from local Council Tax payers. A
resident receives £326 (formula grant of £50.266 m divided by 154,200 population) from central government whereas a Wokingham BC resident receives just £112 (formula grant of £18.240 m divided by 163,200 population). Reading
Cllr Tim Harris, Conservative Group Leader said, “It is imperative the public have both complete transparency from and confidence in the controlling administration.
is a very different borough to Wokingham, with very different funding requirements, so regular comparisons are not helpful. In spite of the regular spin trotted out at council meetings and press releases, it’s clear from these figures that Reading gets significantly more funding, and had a smaller cut. Our Group will continue both to highlight inconsistencies such as this and lobby central government to maximise the funding available to our Borough.” Reading
Residents can judge for themselves. By the way the population figures (2010) are from the Office of National Statistics.
I doubt an apology will be forthcoming from Labour: however in light of the above I’ll be interested to see if they continue repeating their baseless financial claims.