South Yorkshire Mayor and Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis is campaigning for Parish and Town Councils to receive a fair funding settlement.

Commenting, Dan Jarvis said: “Parish and Town Councils across the country have seen their income slashed in recent years as central government grants are withdrawn and the impact of the Coronavirus is felt.

“I’ve long believed that Parish and Town Councils are the bedrock of our local democracy, and Parish and Town Councillors are essential in providing services at the grassroots level – especially in more rural and isolated, and therefore potentially deprived, communities.

“Many of our Parish and Town Councils fear bankruptcy unless support is provided. The loss of Parish and Town Councils because of insolvency would have an enormously damaging impact at a local level to our people and communities. I am working to ensure that this doesn’t happen.

“I have raised the issue of Parish and Town Council funding in Parliament and with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick. I believe that is vital that the Government establish a funding stream for Parish and Town Councils that is separate from precept income. Given the extreme financial pressures caused by the Coronavirus crisis, now is the time to ensure that our Parish and Town Councils are put on a long-term stable financial footing.”