Council invests to continue support the most vulnerable

Additional funding of £200k to maintain the winter grants scheme to 31st March 2021 has been approved to continue providing financial support to over 600 of the city’s most financially vulnerable residents through the ongoing pandemic.

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Budget proposals approved by Council Executive

Council’s Executive has approved budget proposals for the 2021-22 financial year, which will now be debated at the first virtual Budget Council on the 25th of February. The new budget proposes a plan to stabilise Council’s financial position and outline priority investment for frontline services, social care and mental health, alongside ongoing support for businesses and residents impacted by the pandemic.

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Liberal Democrat Council Leaders across England call for Universal Credit boost

Councillor Keith Aspden has joined over 30 Liberal Democrat Council Leaders in England writing to the government calling for the £20 increase in Universal Credit to be made permanent. The letter follows a vote in Parliament held on Monday 18th January 2021 and in which the government abstained, with all Liberal Democrat MPs attending and voting in favour. The motion to increase Universal Credit was carried by 278 votes to nil.

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Councillors call for investment in young people’s mental health services

Councillors Carol Runciman and Keith Orrell have written to Ministers to urge the Government to act now to help young people needing mental health support.

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York Climate Commission holds its first meeting

The first meeting of the York Climate Commission has taken on Monday 25 January. In the bid to bring together key partners across the city, the York Independent Climate Commission has been set up to create shared ownership and accountability of carbon reduction targets and benefit from the collective experience and expertise that exists within York.

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Councillor calls for Apprenticeship Levy changes to aid local recovery

Councillor Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning at City of York Council, is calling on the Government to introduce a Flexible Skills Development Levy, which would support the local and regional efforts to build back better.

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York station transformation works given the go ahead

Work can begin this Autumn to create a fitting gateway to York after planning committee approved plans to transform the railway station entrance. 

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Council leader calls for action to address the cladding scandal

As the Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) Fire Services Management Committee, Cllr Keith Aspden is leading calls for greater protections for leaseholders and tenants who are currently living in blocks with Grenfell style cladding.

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Council Leader pushes for a regional approach to tackle flooding in York

As the city recovers from yet another flood following Storm Christoph, Council Leader Keith Aspden has written to the Environment Secretary to once again highlight the urgent need for additional support and a region-wide approach to tackling flooding in York.

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A year since Coronavirus hit York

The 31st of January 2021 will mark one year since the first Coronavirus cases in the UK were identified in York. Twelve months one from when the city’s battle against the virus began, Council Leader Keith Aspden is reflecting on what has been a year fraught with incredible challenges.

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