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WHILE Coun George Barton is a relatively new member of City of York Council, I would expect the deputy leader of the Conservative group to understand the difference between capital and revenue funding. It seems not, however, having read his letter of October 1 regarding waste services.
The one-off funding to the Arts Barge – as encouraged by his own Government as a means to bring forward jobs and investment – is a capital-funded scheme.
In the current climate, councils are being encouraged to sell surplus capital assets as a means of funding new capital projects. However, day-to-day waste collections is a revenue-funded service, one which his Government is putting increased pressure on with annual funding cuts far exceeding all other areas of the public sector. So it is incorrect to say removing one would enable equivalent funding of the other.
Councils have to work to the strict rules of Government on sources of funding and it’s important for elected councillors to give accurate information when making public arguments on where their priorities lay, assuming they want the public to be well informed.
Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, Deputy leader, City of York Council.
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