ITS OFFICIAL - Kirklees is too posh to qualify for extra Government cash!
The Examiner can exclusively reveal that ministers were forced to give the area more cash than they originally wanted.
Kirklees was blanked this week by Whitehall boffins who doled out a one-off £300m of tax payers money to local authorities around Britain.
The cash boost was designed to offset any potential high raises in council tax - but Kirklees didn't get a bean.
The massive cashpot was part of the local government settlement announced this week by the Government.
Kirklees also got the lowest percentage rise available - just two percent- compared with other authorities in West Yorkshire such as Calderdale who got 2.8%.
But the Examiner has discovered Kirklees got no extra money because under Government funding formulas the authority should have been given just a 1.5 percent raise in its budget - that's less than the rate of inflation.
But a minimum floor for increases had been set at two percent which ministers had to abide by.
A spokesman for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister said the formula took account of four factors.
He said: "These are relative trends which includes things like deprivation.
"The second thing is based on the authority's ability to raise council tax - and the number of people not working can affect this.
"The third thing is population and the fourth factor is the allocation to ensure every local authority gets an increase in grant."
The spokesman said although he was not familiar with Kirklees, from funding he believed it would be "relatively affluent with minor deprivation problems".
However council leader Kath Pinnock branded the news "outrageous".
She said: "I am almost speechless. How can the Government treat us like this.
"They increased our Neighbourhood Renewal Budget, which tackles deprived communities, by 50 percent last year.
"Now we aren't deprived enough."
Clr Pinnock said she would be asking a representative from London to come to Kirklees to explain why Kirklees was short-changed.
"I want to hear, and no doubt a lot of other people do as well, what they have got to say."