North Yorkshire MPs attended the meetings of the County Council’s six Area Constituency Committees during the last two months to discuss local issues with councillors.
The MPs promised to take various issues back to Westminster, including:
- the need to review the funding formula for local government and correct the current imbalance that favours urban areas over rural areas, at great cost to North Yorkshire;
- ensuring that the Better Care Fund, which enables integrated working between the Council and the NHS locally, continues beyond 2020;
- developing a long-term, sustainable proposal for the funding of adult social care, in the forthcoming Green Paper, that is fair, protects legacies, recognises the challenges faced in delivering services in rural areas and supports the residential and nursing care market;
- continuing to highlight the need for investment in mental health services, particularly as the county is forced to deal with the legacy of more than 20 years of under-investment in the county;
- the increasing pressures upon school budgets and, in particular, an increase in the number of children and young people assessed as having special educational needs and disabilities and needing additional support and transport; and
- highlighting the need to ensure that the road and rail networks in the county are fit for purpose and enable all our communities and businesses to grow and prosper.
County Councillor Carl Les (pictured), Leader of the Council, said: “We have really benefitted from having our North Yorkshire MPs at the meetings. It has enabled a focused discussion on local issues to take place and the voice of local communities to be heard. The MPs were really pleased to have been invited and got straight down to business.”