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Ryedale faces an elderly ‘timebomb’
10:54am Thursday 1st November 2012 in News
RYEDALE faces the “demographic timebomb” of an elderly population and lack of affordable housing, its council leader has warned.
The leader’s statement from Coun Keith Knaggs forms part of the agenda for Ryedale District Council’s meeting today, when Coun Knaggs will tell members they need to debate what the role of the council should be.
He said: “At a time when the traditional method of housing delivery – basically affordable homes were paid for by continually rising house prices – has broken down, are we prepared to explore alternative solutions. Are we prepared for the demographic timebomb.”
He will also tell fellow councillors the priority for members should be the creation of “better and quality jobs” to help young people get a foot on the housing ladder and enable businsses to create the wealth needed to meet the challenge of caring for an older population.”