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After their promises during the election to protect front line services, it seems the Lib Dems are now doing anything but. The Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Andrew Waller, has signed off plans that will see huge cuts to the level of street cleaning in Acomb and across the city.
 
Many of Acomb’s streets will go from being cleaned once a fortnight to once a month, whilst many others will go from being cleaned once a month to once every three months.
 
This will undoubtedly cause significant issues and we’d like to hear from you about any problems you witness as these street cleaning services are cut. Please contact me directly if you want to report any concerns about this, or anything else.

To find out how your street will be affected by the street cleaning cuts download the document linked to below. It shows the before' and 'after' maps and the cuts to the level of service being imposed by the Tory and Lib-Dem council on Acomb residents.

Acomb Street Cleaning Cuts Map

Acomb Street Cleaning Cuts

After their promises during the election to protect front line services, it seems the Lib Dems are now doing anything but. The Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Andrew Waller, has...

York's Labour councillors have expressed serious concerns about the Government's policy announcement on new grammar schools.
 
Many have argued that the selective approach of grammar schools means that they traditionally fail to enrol proportional numbers of pupils from lower income families.
 
National statistics show that grammar schools elsewhere in the country, such as Kent, Buckinghamshire and Lincolnshire where most are located, have just 3% of pupils in receipt of free school meals (the indicator used by government to understand the numbers of pupils from less affluent backgrounds). This compares with the 14% of pupils nationally who receive free meals.
 
Grammar schools typically tend to cater for around 20% of children in the areas they serve which would mean that children and parents would face fierce competition for places with many facing disappointment.

Labour's education spokesperson, Coun. Stuart Barnes said the moves would lead to increased rather than reduced inequality.  He said:

"We don't believe it will increase social mobility, in fact quite the opposite.  The facts show existing grammar schools are selecting very low numbers of pupils from poorer families compared to other schools, and that can only entrench inequality.
 
“Pupils from lower income families often don’t have the same advantages as others in childhood, and are therefore less well prepared for entrance exams at age 11. To then compound the problem by segregating pupils based on ability at such a young age simply means that gaps in opportunity and attainment grow.”
 
Labour Councillors will discuss this policy when the group meets next week. Many Labour councillors have expressed serious concerns about the Government policy and the impact it could have on the education of children and young people in York. 

"We are seeing people across the board, from the Chief Inspector of Schools to the Conservative Chair of the Education Select Committee to academics, trade unions and charities all saying this won't improve attainment and is a distraction from the central challenges faced in education”, added Coun. Barnes.

"The idea of all schools becoming selective rips apart the comprehensive system of education as we know it and signals an extremely worrying direction for a Conservative Government that increasingly seems intent on  favouring the haves over the have nots.”

York Labour concerns over two-tier Tory education plans

York's Labour councillors have expressed serious concerns about the Government's policy announcement on new grammar schools.   Many have argued that the selective approach of grammar schools means that they...

Labour will quiz local health and social care chiefs today on the planned closure of Archways when the city’s Health and Wellbeing Board meets.
 
The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), currently in special measures and being overseen by NHS England, and the York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust took the decision to close the facility in what is believed to be a cost cutting exercise rather than a clinically-led move to improve transitional care between hospital and patients’ own homes.
 
But after failing to statutorily consult and explain this significant service change to the council’s Health and Social Care Policy and Scrutiny Committee before publicising the closure, the CCG’s decision is set to be questioned at today’s meeting.
 
Board Member Coun. Mary Cannon said:
 
“We are due to get an update from the Integration and Transformation Board (ITB), a sub-group of the main board that was apparently aware of the decision to close Archways before it was made public.
 
“Yet the ITB’s update report to today’s Health and Wellbeing Board makes only a passing mention of this.  I’m concerned that proper consideration of this decision and its implications for other services and for patients is being curtailed, and that thus far the expected consultation has been avoided as an inconvenient diversion from the business of making savings.
 
“I hope today’s meeting will see greater openness on the issue and a willingness to engage with patients’ group Healthwatch and the wider public on the closure proposal, which many people are not convinced is in the health and care interests of those who would be prevented from benefiting from the facility”.
 
The CCG is trying to reduce a huge budget deficit, currently expected to be £22m by the end of the financial year, in spite of decisions such as the closure of Archways.  It was ordered to re-consider another cost saving measure early this week after agreeing to stop hip and knee replacement surgery for those who are obese and who smoke.
 
The Health and Wellbeing Board takes place at 4.30pm at West Offices.

York Health bosses quizzed on Archways closure plans

Labour will quiz local health and social care chiefs today on the planned closure of Archways when the city’s Health and Wellbeing Board meets. The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group...

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