Cross-party support for York to become a Council of Sanctuary

With cross-party support at October's Full Council meeting, City of York Council is set to begin work to earn the status of Council of Sanctuary. This will commit the Council to join the City of Sanctuary Local Authority Network, promoting the welcome and inclusion of asylum seekers and supporting city wide and national networks.


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Council’s housing programme recognised by the UN’s International Centre of Excellence at COP26

City of York Council is joining the United Nations' International Centre for Excellence programme. The Council joins as the first English member and in recognition of the its ambitious and innovative Housing Delivery Programme. 


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Lib Dems announce James Barker as North Yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner candidate

The Liberal Democrats have selected local campaigner and armed forces veteran James Barker as their candidate for the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner by-election to be held on 25th November.


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Council Leader responds to the Autumn Budget statement

Responding to the Autumn Budget and Spending Review set out by the Chancellor today, Liberal Democrat Leader of the City of York Council Councillor Keith Aspden has hit out at the unfair ‘tax bombshell’ that Government has chosen to pass to local communities.



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Plans for Permanent Home for Haxby and Wigginton Library Revealed

Haxby and Wigginton Library has been without a permanent base for the last 5 years - but now thanks to investment from City of York Council, the library has found a potential home at Oaken Grove Community Centre, and local residents are being invited to have their say on the plans.


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Council Leader welcomes Commissioner’s resignation after vote of no confidence

Council Leader and vice-chair of the York and North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel, Cllr Keith Aspden, has welcomed Phillip Allott’s resignation after losing a vote of no confidence.

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North Yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner Phillip Allott loses vote of no confidence

Council Leader and vice-chair of the York and North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel Keith Aspden has criticised Phillip Allott for refusing to resign, despite losing a cross-party vote of no confidence.


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Lib Dems to propose no-confidence vote in Police Commissioner

Liberal Democrat members of the York and North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel will be proposing a no confidence motion in Phillip Allott at the panel meeting tomorrow.


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Council Leader calls for long term Covid testing funding, as 5 city sites are set to close

Council Leader Keith Aspden has written to the Health Secretary to ask for continued long term funding for local testing and contract tracing to be delivered at least until end of March 2022.


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Government looks set to pass on a Tax bombshell to Council tax payers

York Liberal Democrat councillors have warned of an unfair ‘tax bombshell’ that could be passed to local communities, as Government continues to fail to live up to its promises to ‘fix social care’.


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