You may be pleased to learn that Cllr. Simon Geraghty (Leader of Worcestershire County Council) has put his name to the open letter of the County Councils Network, welcoming Boris Johnson’s declared commitment to “levelling-up” government investment in ALL PARTS of the country.He is joined in this intent by our neighbours_•ShropshireCllr. Peter Nutting•StaffordshireCllr. Philip Atkins•WarwickshireCllr. Izzi Secombe•GloucestershireCllr. Mark Hawthorn•HerefordshireCllr. David HitchinerFor decades, the ‘shire’ counties have been left behind by the urban areas when it comes to receiving funding from central government and, as increases are %-based, the disparity grows.Whereas previous administrations relished the principles of “good husbandry” and “thrift” to lessen the impact of rates on their residents – and looked askance at the “profligate” cities which overspent their budgets; it is these artificial figures upon which modern grant funding is based and which progressively distorts the sums which are awarded.Funding, per resident_•£240Shire County•£449Urban area•£601Central LondonPerhaps you might like to think of Shakespeare’s quotation in the light of our funding crisis – where counties face a deficit of £11.2 bn [£11,200,000,000 – written-out it looks its true size] – which is nine times greater than the Capital.“Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is?If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh?”Are our needs so much less than those living in London ?Are we supposed to accept a lesser quality of life because we live somewhere with the word ‘shire’ in its title ?