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Health funding concerns raised by City of York Council chiefs
9:20am Wednesday 16th January 2013 in News
YORK’S council bosses have raised concerns about shortfalls in Government funding for their new public health duties.
From April, City of York Council will be in charge of improving the health of local communities, with the financial allocations the authority will receive being set by an independent group, the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA).
York will get £6.64 million – £33 per person – for 2013/14, with the original amount of just over £6 million having been boosted by ten per cent to allow the council to meet its health targets more quickly.
The city will receive £7.305 million in 2014/15, £36 per head of population.
The Government will gradually move towards financial allocations based on the precise needs of an area, but Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, cabinet member for health, housing and adult social services, said: “I am concerned that, even after the ten per cent uplift for 2013/14, we will only have approximately 80 per cent of the funding which the Department for Health calculates we should have to meet the needs of our population.
“Even after another ten per cent rise in 2014/15, we will still only have about 82.5 per cent of the funding we need and should have, which leaves us with a shortfall of about £1.5 million a year.”