THE leader of BCP Council has hit out at the government over an apparent lack of "fairer funding" for local authorities in the autumn statement. 

In today’s statement, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced the government will cut national insurance by two per cent for 27 million people. 

He also froze alcohol duties until August 2024, extended 75 per cent business rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure until 2025 and promised £7m for organisations to tackle antisemitism. 

However, council leader Vikki Slade said it is “disappointing” there didn’t appear to be anything in the statement for “fairer funding” for councils across the UK. 

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She said: “It’s disappointing that despite more than a decade of austerity there still appears to be no sign of a fairer funding deal for local authorities including BCP Council. 

“Like most local councils we are facing an unprecedented economic environment like never before. 

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“Soaring inflation has driven up the costs to provide services that many of our residents rely on. 

“We are seeing an increase in demand for social care including those key services that keep children and vulnerable adults safe.  

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“I will continue to work with the Local Government Association, partners and other local councils to lobby government for a fairer funding deal and for more money to care for the children and adults of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who need it.” 

On Monday, Cllr Slade, along with other South Coast councils, wrote to Mr Hunt to demand “urgent action” on funding. 

She wrote: “Councils across the country, of all political colours, are united in saying that local government funding is not sustainable.” 

In a cabinet meeting this morning, Cllr Slade said she has had an acknowledgement of the letter, but that Mr Hunt “doesn’t have time to read” the letter.