Hartlepool Borough Council leader Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher has written to the Government calling for a fairer financial settlement for the town.
He says Government spending power cuts over the last five years have had a disproportionate impact on Hartlepool and other less affluent parts of the country.
Over this period, the council’s spending power has been cut by £313 per person – more than twice the national average of £131 – while in Windsor and Maidenhead the reduction has been just £14.
Coun Akers-Belcher is seeking a fairer deal ahead of the Government’s next Spending Review, due to be announced in November.
He has sent a letter to the Government supporting a proposal put forward by Birmingham City Council that would see local authorities share the burden of future funding cuts as a percentage of their overall net budgets.
If this approach had been adopted in 2015/16 every local authority would have seen a 6.7% reduction in Government funding, leaving Hartlepool £2.5 million better off.
He said: “We do feel very strongly that there should be a fairer distribution of the total level of Government support.
“This proposal would ensure that all councils play a part in helping to balance the public finances and end the current perverse situation where some of the poorest areas of the country are being hit hardest by funding cuts.”