We're protecting services from more Tory / Lib Dem cuts
- As the Tory - Lib Dem government slashes funding to councils by a third, we kept our commitment to reverse nearly £1m of cuts in our first year. Because we rejected the Tory council tax con, we're able to protect £2.7m more services this year than a Tory or Lib Dem council would have done.
- We've earmarked the majority of that money for adult social care and children's services - prioritising supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
- Unlike other local councils, we have so far managed to avoid closure of any libraries, swimming pools and children's centres.
We're cutting waste and investing for the future
- By May 2014, we will have cut the council's management costs by 40%.
- By completing the move of council offices to the new West Offices building we've been able to move the council out of 16 buildings, saving £17 million over the next 25 years.
- Labour's £28 million Economic Infrastructure Fund will help secure the jobs our city needs in the local economy.
We're delivering more local jobs
- Unemployment continues to fall locally. Claimant Count figures for July 2013 showed less than 2% of York's working age populating claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, less than half the regional average.
- We met our commitment to create more apprenticeships in the council and through partner organisations.
- We're working hard to bring more jobs to the city. That's why the insurance firm Hiscox is coming to York, bringing up to 500 jobs.
- Alongside Network Rail, we have secured a £36m investment in a training and signalling centre adjacent to the railway station.
- We're backing the development at Monks Cross, the new stadium for York City Football Club, York Knights and York Athletics Club. The new John Lewis store on the site alone will generate 300 new jobs.
- Through our Reinvigorate York scheme we're investing in the city centre, supporting city centre retailers and encouraging more visitors.
- We've delivered on our promise of an annual business conference, bringing local business people together with city leaders.
- Our first York Jobs Fair attracted 1,500 job seekers, helping to link those people unemployed with employers and employment opportunities.
- In our draft Local Plan for the future of the city, we've identified the sites that we think will support up to 16,000 more jobs by 2030.
- And we're rejecting the low wage economy - the council is leading the way by paying all employees at least the Living Wage of £7.45 an hour, and we're encouraging other big employers to do the same, helping to promote financial independence and reduce reliance on benefits.
We're securing more homes for York families
- We unveiled the first new council houses in York in twenty years at Archer Close and we've brought forward plans to build at least 50 more council houses by mid-2015.
- We're investing £1m this year in extending existing council houses to assist overcrowded families.
- We've introduced "Article 4" rules to control the concentration of student or other houses in multiple occupation in specific areas.
- We've helped to secure the breakthrough that will see 270 new homes built on the former Terry's site.
- We have set out in our Local Plan the sites we think can deliver more than 20,000 new homes by the year 2030: the biggest single step forward we can make to tackle York's housing crisis.
We're cutting congestion without a congestion charge
- We've kept our commitment to take the big purple FTR buses off York's streets.
- We restored the filter lane at the Water Lane junction.
- We've introduced a "one journey one ticket" ticket - All York - that's valid on all York buses.
- We've introduced the i-travel York scheme to help people plan their public transport journeys, and launched new smartphone apps for travellers on the move.
- Funding has been secured for two new Park and Ride sites at Askham Bar and Upper Poppleton, scheduled for completion in April 2014. The sites will help to reduce the number of car journeys in York each year by an estimated 300,000.
- "Park and pedal" facilities have been introduced at Park and Ride sites.
- We've seen the completion of the York Orbital Cycle Route, and the council is consulting on a Haxby to Clifton Moor cycle route.
- 20 mph speed limit introduced in the South Bank area, and consultations are on-going with residents in other parts of the city to extend 20 mph limits into more residential areas.
We're protecting the environment
- We've delivered on our commitment for a 24-hour telephone line to report grotspots.
- We've launched the Smarter York programme, working alongside the community to keep our streets clean.
- Solar panels have been installed on 400 council houses - with more to come.
- The council has bought its first electric works vehicle, the first hybrid taxis in York are now in service, and the first nine electric buses will be on York streets next year. We've also begun to introduce a network of public fast charging point for electric vehicles.
- The council's own carbon emissions have been cut beyond their target.
- We've secured long-awaited improvements to the flood defence scheme protecting the Leeman Road area.
- We've delivered on our commitment to promote assisted waste collections for elderly residents.
We're fighting crime even as the government cuts the police
- Overall recorded crime is down in York over the last two years.
- We've delivered on our commitments for an annual crime summit, bringing residents and neighbourhood groups together with the police and other authorities, and we've delivered the Cabinet-level position we promised to lead the council's response to crime and anti-social behaviour.
- We've put in place a new state of the art CCTV system: 120 cameras monitored 24 hours a day to help keep residents safe and deter crime.
- We're consulting on our intention to introduce a new 'Late Night Levy' on bars and clubs that are open after midnight, with the money raised to be spent on policing and cleaning up affected areas.
- We're working more closely than ever with Community Payback so that those responsible for vandalism can repay their debt to the community.
- We've introduced free public wi-fi which being rolled out across the city centre, and we secured funding for super-fast broadband coverage.
- We've undertaken the biggest overhaul of streetlights since Victorian times, bringing light back to streets that had seen years of under investment.
- We're ensuring that all York school children aged five and under will continue to receive free milk.
- We've secured the second stage of the Tour de France - the biggest annual sporting event in the world - for York in 2014.
- We staged the historic year long York 800 celebrations, culminating in the visit of HRH The Queen.
- We've opened the new library cafe at Rowntree Park.
- We're lobbying for more investment in the East Coast Mainline, and we helped to secure direct access from York station on to the proposed route of High Speed 2.
- We've developed a Financial Inclusion Strategy to support those residents most vulnerable to the government's welfare cuts, and over the last year more than £1m of additional funding has been committed to tackling poverty in our city.
- We set up one of the first independent Fairness Commissions anywhere in Britain to recommend to the council how it can put fairness at the centre of its decision-making.