This week I launched a campaign which calls for fairer funding from the government and crucially for the support of as many people as possible in getting our voice heard.
The campaign asks everyone in the city – residents, businesses, council staff, community groups and organisations – to do something very simple, Stand Up For Peterborough and Protect Our Vital Services.
The time has come for us all to take a stand, a united stand, regardless of our political allegiance. I owe it to the people of Peterborough to lobby government and I would be failing in my duty as leader if I did not.
We are having to do more and more with less and less money from the government and I believe Peterborough no longer receives a fair funding deal and our residents are being short-changed.
For our voice to be heard, and for this to be reflected in our government funding, I need the support of as many of you as possible.
It is so important for us to join together in a campaign such as this, so I was pleased to see council staff, residents, people representing charities, businesses and community groups, the Mayor, Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya and representatives of most of the political groups on the council attend the launch event outside the Town Hall on Monday. It’s fantastic to get this kind of cross-party support on an issue and the fact we have shows how severe the situation has become in all our minds.
I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved in our city in recent times, but we cannot continue to see our government funding fall at such an alarming rate and continue to provide the same level of services that we currently do for our residents. Our government grant, the Revenue Support Grant, will have reduced by 80 per cent over seven years by 2019/20 with no regard for our huge population growth and the unprecedented increase in demand for our services.