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MP welcomes extra Govt cash for East Riding

Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart, has welcomed the announcement of £1.2m extra funding for the East Riding in the latest local authority settlement. Graham, who was instrumental in setting up the Rural Services Delivery Grant (RSDG) that is providing the additional cash, said the money would support vital public services across his constituency.

Having led the Rural Fair Share Campaign and pressured the Government into reducing the urban-rural funding gap, Graham insists that there is still more to do to ensure that communities in Beverley and Holderness are not left behind.

Since 2016, when the RSDG was officially adopted, grants to the East Riding now total almost £5m, which the council uses to cover the costs of running services in an area with low population density, below-average car ownership and high social care demands.

Following the announcement, Mr Stuart said: “I won’t be resting on my laurels, however, as I know that this extra money will be providing much-needed support for key public services across the East Riding. The Government still has work to do to make sure my constituents are getting a fair deal, so I’ll continue to speak up for more investment in our school, roads, hospitals and the local economy to make sure that this welcome news is not a flash in the pan.”