Achievements for York

These are just some of the great things that Labour have done in York over the past 4 years:
  • Reduced the cost of living:

    frozen Council Tax this year, and helped many York residents with their energy bills.
  • Living Wage:

    paid all our staff a Living Wage and championed the Living Wage with employers across the city, making York, under Labour, the first Living Wage City in Yorkshire;
  • Community Stadium:

    the Stadium received outline planning permission in 2012 and is on course to open for the start of the 2016 season;
  • Record fall in crime:

    crime was rising the year Labour won control in York yet since then crime has fallen sharply. Labour created a new Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) Hub, with extra funding from this year, which will mean even more enforcement officers to tackle issues such as graffiti, dog fouling and alcohol-related ASB;
  • More jobs:

    unemployment rates have consistently fallen and York under Labour has outperformed the Yorkshire and national averages. We have encouraged businesses to thrive in the city and attracted major employers like Hiscox and John Lewis to York;
  • Better roads:

    the biggest investment in York's road network since the northern ring road was built, over £20million invested in two new Park and Rides and new A59 junction plus an additional £37million for major junction upgrades on the northern ring road;
  • Better street lights:

    the biggest replacement of street lights since Victorian times;
  • Better bus usage:

    according to Passenger Focus (an independent body) York's buses are the best in the country. Labour introduced the ‘All York' ticket, usable with all bus companies, provided new information screens at bus stops to give live information and reduced costs for 16-18 year olds from this year;
  • Helped people in need:

    set up the York Financial Assistance Scheme and supported local foodbanks for those in emergency need, and working with Police and Health to create a ‘place of safety' for those with mental health needs;
  • Developed brownfield sites:

    secured £30 million of external funding to kick-start development of the York Central site, which will deliver at least 500 homes and thousands of jobs, and got other key sites such as Hungate, British Sugar and Terrys off the ground. We have also brought 152 empty homes and buildings, including the White Swan, back into use;
  • New Council Homes:

    71 new council homes this year;
  • Student Lets:

    introduced a rule to control the concentration of student and other houses in multiple occupation in most affected parts of the city to create more mixed communities;
  • Apprenticeships:

    the Council has created over 100 apprenticeships and encouraged many more through its work with over 100 businesses across the city which is funded by the Leeds City Region;
  • Great Schools:

    York's secondary schools achieved the best GCSE results in the Yorkshire & Humber Region in 2014.
  • Tour de France:

    hosted the successful York stage of the Tour de France, which promoted York to over 1 billion television viewers and brought £8 million into York's economy;
  • Tethered horses:

    eradicated the problem of tethered horses on our highways;
  • A more efficient council:

    saved £17m over 25 years by moving from 17 buildings to West Offices, making Council services easier to access and all in one place.

Read about our plans for the next four years in our Manifesto.

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