Council leader joins regional calls for clarity over Coronavirus testing system


Cllr Keith Aspden has joined Council leaders from across Yorkshire and the Humber writing to the Health Secretary to offer assistance and express growing concerns over the impact of Pillar 2 laboratory capacity issues. Recognising the ongoing work taking place currently, Council leaders offered to provide support to manage and resolve the testing system issues.

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Julian Sturdy MP must oppose PM’s plan to break international law

Liberal Democrat Councillor Christian Vassie has today written to MP for York Outer Julian Sturdy to urge him to oppose Boris Johnson’s attempts to break international law, after the local MP voted to support the Government’s Internal Market Bill in its first reading.

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Council leader calls for an increase in laboratory testing capacity

Council leader Cllr Keith Aspden has today written to the Health Secretary to raise concerns over the current Coronavirus testing capacity, nationally and in York, and requesting that the Government make urgent improvements across the system, particularly in laboratory capacity, ahead of university and college students returning in coming weeks.

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Local improvements in mental health provision must be accompanied by a national plan

Following the Council executive approving of the plans for the creation of 53 new units of specialist mental health housing and support in the city, York Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to urgently develop a cross-departmental mental health plan.

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York Lib Dems take another step towards making York cleaner and greener

The Council’s Executive has today approved proposals for a new community woodland to be created, which could see 50,000 trees planted by 2023. This the latest step in the administration’s efforts to improve York’s air quality and move towards becoming carbon zero by 2030.

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Local residents back Lib Dem call for decisions affecting York to be made in York

In just three weeks, over 1000 local residents have backed York Liberal Democrat campaign against proposals to merge York into a remote and unaccountable 'super-council, stretching from the outskirts of Doncaster to Redcar and Cleveland, along the east coast. To the surprise of local residents, these proposals to diminish York’s self-governance are supported by Conservative councillors in York.

There is still time to have your say by filling in our survey at http://tiny.cc/YorkLDsurvey

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York Lib Dems welcome Government U-turn on grading arrangements

Following the recent Government announcement that the failed grading arrangements are to be abandoned and GCSE and A-level results are to be based on teacher assessments, Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, Executive Member for Education, Children and Young People commented:

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York Lib Dems urge Government to put students first

Responding to news that in England 36% of A-level entries have been awarded a lower grade than teachers predicted and 3% were down two grades, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education Cllr Ian Cuthbertson commented:

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York Lib Dems respond to Government’s proposals to overhaul the planning system

Conservative government’s ‘Planning for the Future’ proposals fail to address the current issues present in the planning system and threaten to remove local decision making and accountability, depriving local communities of the ability to define the area they live in and know best.

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Government must provide more support to excluded businesses

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, has written to the Chancellor urging the Government to commit to providing urgent support for businesses excluded from government support schemes.

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