Boston ‘would be £131 million better off’ if funded the same as Scotland, according to campaign group

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Boston would get another £131 million of Government cash if it had the same funding deal as Scotland, according to campaigners.

The Campaign for an English Parliament has provided The Standard with figures showing the impact of the current funding formula on this area.

The Campaign stressed its figures are an estimation but says, using Treasury data, Bostonians get £2,034 less per head a year in public spending than the Scots.

That means the area gets £131 million less than if funded on a par with Scotland each year – a figure that is likely to be an under-estimation given that politicians believe the Census figure for Boston to be too low.

Campaign director Eddie Bone said the figures are ‘alarming’ and the difference between losing key services and not.

He added: “An English Government with an English First Minister could be working hard in the lead up to the General Election in order to redress this imbalance - so that the people of England are well-served in both local representation as well as national. An English manifesto is urgently needed so that the people of England can argue that a fair share of the money they give as taxpayers is spent on their services.

“The idea of making City Regions is not the answer either. Why should cities be given more powers while the rest of England is left to fend for themselves? City Regions would not help Boston and Lincolnshire as the county has many rural areas which would be disadvantaged.”

The news comes after the Smith Commission reported on news powers for the Scottish Parliament last week.

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*Treasury figures say average spending per head in England in 2012/13 was £8,529. In Scotland it was £10,152, it was £9,709 in Wales and £10,876 in Northern Ireland. The UK average was £8,788.

*Based on an East Midlands figure of £8,118 and using the 2011 Census population figure of 64,637, the campaign estimates Boston got £524,723,166.

*If the area got the UK average it would’ve had £43,306,790 more and if it was equal with Scotland it would’ve had £131,471,658 more.

*The same calculation for Lincolnshire puts the county £1.45 billion short of what it would get if on a par with Scotland.