The Leader of City of York Council, Labour's Councillor Dafydd Williams, has described Labour's proposals for the Council's 2015/2016 Budget as 'a fair budget, that delivers the priorities of the residents of York'
A major consultation exercise has taken place over the last few months engaging face-to-face on buses, in libraries and in supermarkets around York. Around 11,000 conversations have been held as part of that process. This has given a very clear view of the priorities of York residents for the work that their council should focus on.
The Labour Council has focused the Council's spending on those priorities. The key measures of budget proposed by Labour are:
- A Council Tax freeze for 2015/16 - to help with the cost of living.
- An extra £400,000 for the York Financial Assistance Scheme - to support the poorest people in York to help them maintain an independent life.
- An extra £300,000 for anti social behaviour enforcement - to tackle street drinking, dog mess, graffiti and noise nuisance.
- £100,000 to reduce bus fares for 16-19 year olds.
- An extra £200,000 for improved street cleaning.
- An extra £2.2 million for improving our roads and footpaths.
- A new Neighbourhood Improvement Fund of £250,000 to help support small environmental improvements in the communities outside of the City Centre.
- An extra £100,000 for dealing with Dementia in York.
- An extra £100,000 for Primary Mental Health provision in York.
- A new Harsh Winter Fund of £280,000 to help ensure that roads and footpaths are gritted when York has a bad winter.
- A new Voluntary Sector Capacity Fund of £200,000 to ensure that York has a vibrant voluntary sector in our communities.
- An extra £300,000 to support community-based adult social care.
- An extra £35,000 for developing a business case for a commercial venture that will provide cheaper, greener energy for York residents.