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We’re delighted to say that our campaign to restore the full service of Citizens Advice York has proved successful. Yesterday, Councillor Neil Barnes presented the 1770-signature petition to restore the full service of Citizens Advice York to the Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health. The Executive Member agreed to provide six months of financial support, temporarily restoring the full four-day-a-week advice service.

The rollout of Universal Credit is likely to lead to increased demand for Citizens Advice York's services, so we are hugely grateful to everyone who added their voice to our campaign and brought about this important decision that will help hundreds of people in York during a time of critical need.

However, there are clearly still significant questions regarding the future funding of Citizens Advice York and the number of advice sessions each week that it will be able to provide. This will depend on the outcome of negotiations between Citizens Advice York and the City Council. York Labour will push for the Council to make a swift decision that ensures the long-term financial security of the service. The Council must do the right thing before the funding agreed Yesterday comes to an end in April. We will continue to hold the administration to account during this process; and continue to be a voice for everyone who uses Citizens Advice, who works for the service, and who values the important contribution that it makes to our city.

Over the summer, we have collected petition signatures from across the city, from people of all political leanings and none. Almost everyone that we have spoken to has been of the same opinion: York needs a universal Citizens Advice service that works for all. The service is simply too valuable, and too cost-effective, for us not to fund it properly. The City Council must not ignore this need.

As well as funding and special grants, a significant proportion of the income of Citizens Advice York comes from charitable donations. If you are in a position to do so, your donation would be hugely appreciated. You can find information about how to donate at citizensadviceyork.org.uk/donate

Once again, thank you to everyone who played in this important campaign.

Citizens Advice Petition Success!

We’re delighted to say that our campaign to restore the full service of Citizens Advice York has proved successful. Yesterday, Councillor Neil Barnes presented the 1770-signature petition to restore the...

Labour councillors in York are calling on the public to have its say on plans by North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to take over the running of the county’s Fire Service.

Commissioner Julia Mulligan has already put her plans to North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council’s top scrutiny and Executive committees, with all three opposing the plans.  In each case the relevant committees have backed North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s alternative option of admitting Julia Mulligan to sit on the service’s main decision making body – North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority.
 
Coun. Danny Myers, Leader of Labour Group on the Authority said: "The Labour Group reject the Governance model put forward by Police and Crime Commissioner, but it should come as no surprise that we welcome some of the points made in the PCCs Business Case such as revisiting front line fire cover - these are policies that Labour has long fought for on the North Yorkshire Fire Authority.
 
"Labour led the opposition to the Fire Cover Review in 2015 and was the only party that voted against the budget this year which is seeing savage cuts reduce the number of whole-time firefighters and reduce the availability of fire engines.
 
"The Fire Authority certainly isn't perfect and is currently dominated by the Tories, but when it comes to defending the fire service in York, we have a loud Labour voice on the Authority that opposes austerity and focuses on the frontline, which is essential in protecting York from the type of cuts that have seen smaller fire vehicles like the TRV introduced in Malton and Ripon.
 
"Public services should look far different after the next local elections, when we hope to see more North Yorkshire elected Labour Councillors sitting on a Fire Authority that invests in the fire service and doesn't concern itself with political squabbles about governance. 
 
“Whatever the outcome of future governance options, it is absolutely crucial for fire cover in York that we see an urgent change in direction on these key issues."
 
The public is being urged to respond before the consultation deadline of 22 September through forms that can be found at fire and police stations, council offices and libraries across York and North Yorkshire.  The public can also feed in their views online at: www.telljulia.com
 
Councillors across York and North Yorkshire have expressed concerns about the lack of clarity on how oversight through the Police and Crime Panel would work were the Fire Service to be brought under the PCC.  There is no suggestion of extra resources nor the appointment of more councillors to perform the important role of both monitoring performance and holding the PCC to account.
 
Coun. Myers said he felt this would lead to a lack of proper oversight that the Fire Service currently enjoys.

Labour calls for public say on fire service merger plans

Labour councillors in York are calling on the public to have its say on plans by North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to take over the running of the...

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It's great to see the Bus Stop arrive in Clifton and prove to be a big hit with youngsters and families. We went down to see how it settled in on Kingsway North for two days over the Bank Holiday weekend. Plenty of fun and games and things to do for all, from painting, crafts, games and video games.

One of our priorities as your Councillors for Clifton has been to enhance the number of activities on offer for young people in our community. We are pleased to be working with so many amazing partners and volunteers, from local schools, charities, York City Football Club Foundation, local churches and many more.

We really appreciate all the efforts of people in Clifton, pulling together to think of more ways to reach out to our youngsters and provide enjoyable activities for all to attend. This summer has been the most comprehensive schedule of groups and activities so far and we are grateful to all for your help!

Bus Stop Fun at Kingsway North

It's great to see the Bus Stop arrive in Clifton and prove to be a big hit with youngsters and families. We went down to see how it settled in...

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