Hull MP demands fair deal for Hull on NHS and council funding

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today accused the Coalition Government of failing to give Hull a fair deal on local government and NHS funding.

Diana Johnson MP told the House of Commons: "On 9 August, the Hull Daily Mail led with the following report:

"Yesterday the Prime Minister said A & E departments would get a share of the money over the next two years, to ensure they are fully prepared for winter."

"On 10 September, I learned that Hull will not get a penny of the £250 million set aside for this winter. May we have a debate on why Hull, despite its real needs, is not getting a fair share of funding — it applies to council funding, too — from this Government?"

Speaking as a delegation of Hull councillors and trade unions came to Westminster to back the Fair Deal for Hull campaign, Diana Johnson MP added: "Hull's not getting a Fair Deal from this Tory/ Lib Dem Coalition Government.

"Despite being the tenth most deprived area in country, Hull's losing £228.36 in Whitehall funding per head of population between 2010 and 2015. But Surrey Heath, the 324th most deprived area, loses only £24.54 per head in same period.

"With the worst cuts still in the pipeline, this will have a huge impact on our local services from children's centres to OAP social care, from pothole repairs to swimming pools.

"Hull's NHS was even snubbed for the extra winter A&E money that the Prime Minister announced with great fanfare in August. That's why we're fighting for a Fair Deal for Hull."