On Tuesday 1 March, Kevan spoke in the Westminster Hall debate on local government funding in the North East.

During his speech, Kevan said:

“The core spending per dwelling figure for Durham County Council is £1,608; for Surrey it is £1,661. It may be thought that that is not much higher, but no account is taken of the demands of an ageing population in Durham, and its higher unemployment and social care needs.

“If the district councils in Surrey are taken into account, the core spending per dwelling figure goes up more than £2,000. I am sorry, but it cannot be right that one of the wealthiest parts of the country is getting more exoenditure than some of the most deprived communities.”

You can read or watch Kevan’s full contribution, and the rest of the debate, by clicking on the links below: