Just not enough

IT SEEMS that former councillor Sue Galloway does not understand the mathematics of deficit funding that will be received by the City of York Council for public health (Letters, January 25).

No matter how much the council works in partnership with the voluntary sector and other health partners, the facts are clear and I will again explain for Mrs Galloway.

The Department of Health states that to meet York’s health needs, a sum of £42 per head is required yet York is to receive £33 per head in 2013/14. That’s £9 per head of population less than required.

To be clear, the £42 per head is not what I think York needs, it is what the Department of Health says the need is. I hope this is now clear.

Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, Deputy leader of City of York Council, Cabinet Member for Health Housing & Adult Social Service

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1:50pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Scarlet Pimpernel says...

Coun Simpson-Laing is selective over numbers and facts that she understands.

The fact is York needs at least 800 new dwellings a year to be built. In the last five years York has average 463/yr, and last year 2011/12 only produced 321. This is a shortfall of 1,685 over the last five years.

The council's housing waiting list grew from 2,649 in June 2011 to 4,674 in September 2012 - a 76% increase in 15 months.

Housebuilders are not building enough houses in York, because it is not viable on most sites to meet the councils affordable housing requirements.

Coun Simpson_laing cannot do anything about NHS funding, but, she can do something about York's housing policies.

I suggest that she spends more time on sorting out the housing crisis in York than wasting time moaning, or tweeting about the weather - leave that to weather forecasters for heavens sake.

Ity's time that she earnt he £24k/yr council allowance, rather than doing nothing for York !
Coun Simpson-Laing is selective over numbers and facts that she understands. The fact is York needs at least 800 new dwellings a year to be built. In the last five years York has average 463/yr, and last year 2011/12 only produced 321. This is a shortfall of 1,685 over the last five years. The council's housing waiting list grew from 2,649 in June 2011 to 4,674 in September 2012 - a 76% increase in 15 months. Housebuilders are not building enough houses in York, because it is not viable on most sites to meet the councils affordable housing requirements. Coun Simpson_laing cannot do anything about NHS funding, but, she can do something about York's housing policies. I suggest that she spends more time on sorting out the housing crisis in York than wasting time moaning, or tweeting about the weather - leave that to weather forecasters for heavens sake. Ity's time that she earnt he £24k/yr council allowance, rather than doing nothing for York ! Scarlet Pimpernel
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