MP's concern over ageing population in our area
MP James Heappey has spoken out about his concern that the area
is not attracting enough 'working age people' to settle here.
says the Wells constituency - which includes the Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge area - is experiencing a growing ageing population
that needs to be supported by an ever smaller pool of working age
Heappey explained: "For all the jobs that have been created
locally, we are still not attracting enough working age people to
come and settle in our area. The result is an ageing population
needing to be supported by an ever smaller pool of working age people."
combined with significantly reduced local government budgets, has
meant that provision for adult social care has reached a critically
solution I suspect Government will offer is the freedom to increase
council tax to meet this need. I will welcome that freedom but I
will also ask what it is that Government will do to help us build
the houses and develop the infrastructure to attract the working
age people we need to keep the demographic in our area in balance."
continued: "In the last year, we have lost too many employers
because they could not recruit sufficient people to maintain their
business in our area."
school head teachers are worrying not about over-crowding but about
where the two-year-olds are that they need to fill their classes
in the year after next."
our GP practises will tell you that, yes, there is a challenge in
recruiting doctors, but also that the proportion of over-65s on
their books means their workload is far higher than should be the
case for that number of patients in an area where the demographic
is more balanced."
Heappey added: "Somerset is a popular place to retire. We should
celebrate that but so too must we be honest about the challenge
that presents to our local authorities."
the cost of adult social care through a temporary increase in council
tax cannot be the full answer."
Somersets economy so that the working age population is more
productive and more in proportion with the population as a whole