Motion to July Full Council in the names of Cllrs
Andrew Cooper, Sue Lee-Richards and Karen Allison
The proper funding of local services
The UK is a member of the Council of Europe (this is not the European Union) and as such is a signatory to the European Charter of Local Self Government.
The provisions of the Charter state
“The protection of financially weaker local authorities calls for the institution of financial
equalisation procedures or equivalent measures which are designed to correct the effects of
the unequal distribution of potential sources of finance and of the financial burden they must
support. Such procedures or measures shall not diminish the discretion local authorities may
exercise within their own sphere of responsibility”.
It has been demonstrated that Kirklees Council is seriously underfunded per head of population compared with other Councils with similar responsibilities and characteristics.
This Council calls on the Leader of Kirklees Council to raise this breach with
- the Council of Europe in his role as a member of that body
- the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
This Council further calls on the Leader of the Council, working with all other political group leaders , to request that Government takes steps to ensure that Kirklees is properly able to fund local services and that Government fulfils its obligations as a signatory of the European Charter of Self Government.