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MP calls for fairer health funding

A North Yorkshire MP is calling for fairer health funding in the county.

Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk and Malton, met with Minister for Health Dr Dan Poulter today to request a review into the funding formula.

The funding allocation figure shows that per head of population North Yorkshire receives substantially less than other urban parts of Yorkshire and less even than neighbouring counties like Cumbria.

This shortfall hampers efficient use of Community Hospitals such as the Lambert, St Monica’s, Malton Hospital and the Friarage as well as the provision of health care through GPs and community nurses.

– Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk and Malton

North Yorks MP in renewed fight for rural fuel rebate

Anne McIntosh is renewing calls for a rural fuel duty rebate. Credit: PA Wire

A North Yorkshire MP has vowed to fight "with renewed vigour" for a fuel duty rebate for isolated parts of the county.

Anne McIntosh, who represents Thirsk and Malton, claims she has "a strong case" to make to both the Chancellor and the EU Commission for a rebate for areas of Ryedale and Hambleton - areas that have been hit by the highest fuel prices in the country.

The Conservative MP said: "The fact that it now costs over £70 to refuel a vehicle, with the need for 4x4 vehicles in the extreme conditions of North Yorkshire, emphasises how disadvantaged the private motorist is in rural constituencies like Thirsk, Malton and Filey."

A scheme running in Scotland and sees motorists in some of the most remote areas eligible to reclaim up to five pence per litre on petrol and diesel.

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MP welcomes Chancellor's move to halt fuel rise

Anne McIntosh - the MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey has today welcomed the Chancellor’s decision to postpone the 3p rise in fuel duty due on August 1st 2012.

“This decision will have a positive impact on all those living in Thirsk, Malton and Filey, especially hard pressed families, pensioners and those living in deeply rural areas. I ran a high profile campaign to oppose the 3p increase in fuel duty and I am thrilled that the Chancellor has decided to suspend the increase.”

– Anne McIntosh
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