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Making a profit?
I CONGRATULATE Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing on her entry into the world of business. Our deputy leader and cabinet member for health, housing and adult social services has joined the ranks of the capitalists and can now be found every Tuesday at Newgate Market as a purveyor of tea, coffee and infusions under the banner Tiggers of York.
The profits from this exercise will no doubt make up for the recent loss of increased allowances and help supplement the expenses she receives from taxpayers each year as an elected representative.
What I and other ex-builders would like to know, however, is how much of her stock she is distributing at less than cost price to disadvantaged members of our society? Is it 25 per cent or 35 per cent as housebuilders are expected to do? After all, our poor huddled masses not only need a roof over their heads they also need a warm drink in their bellies.
Or do these discriminatory policies apply only to those who happen to be in the business of building homes and not anyone providing any other type of goods or services? We need to be told.
John Jones, Former housebuilder, Sand Hutton, York.