Poor bonus for poor Hastings?
Councils are funded by central government through various grants. The biggest of these is the Revenue Support Grant (RSG). However, RSG has been cut dramatically – for Hastings, by almost half over the last two years, equivalent to 10% of the council’s net budget. It’s set to disappear completely by the next decade. The other big grant to councils is called the New Homes Bonus. But the way this grant is allocated is far from reasonable, and means that poorer, urban areas such as Hastings are unfairly penalised.