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  • Carol Runciman ()
    Article: May 24, 2016

    Residents will be able to receive benefits advice and support at Acomb Explore Library Learning Centre from Monday 6th June.

    The benefits advice service is moving from the Gateway Centre to Acomb Explore Library Learning Centre on Monday 6 June as part of work to make it even easier for residents to access benefits advice.

  • York’s Parish Charter ()
    Article: May 20, 2016

    A York Parish Charter between City of York Council and the 31 parish and town councils within the York area was signed today by Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council and Cllr Peter Powell, Chair of the York Branch of the Yorkshire Local Councils Associations (YLCA).

    The Charter was approved at a recent Executive Member decision session on 10 May and will help to advance partnership working by City of York Council and the city's parish and town councils.

  • keith aspden ()
    Article: May 19, 2016

    Plans to invest £295,000 to improve play areas across York and update the city's play policy will be considered at City of York Council's Economic Development and Community Engagement Decision Session on Tuesday 24 May.

    If agreed, the new policy will shape the development of future play opportunities in the city, establishing principles to help best match resources to fund playground improvements and local play initiatives.

  • £800 tax cut for 24m workers (Stirling and Clacks Scottish Liberal Democrats)
    Article: May 19, 2016

    Figures released by the Office for National Statistics have shown a 31.7 per cent fall in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in the past twelve months.

    The preliminary statistics released yesterday have shown a fall of 50 residents claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit claimants (out of work) in February compared to last month's figures meaning there are now 940 claimants in the city.

  • Article: May 18, 2016

    Commenting on the Queen's Speech, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:

    "Only one year in and this Conservative majority is running out of steam.

    "30 announcements, but 28 have been made before. Weekend prisoners, announced by a weakened Government.

    "The Queen's Speech is a stop-gap to give the warring factions of the Tory party a couple of day's respite from the referendum. It does nothing to address the key issues at stake.

    "This country's challenges on education, housing, investment, skills, and the environment are either ignored, or offered nothing more than empty rhetoric.

    "The Conservatives are continuing their dogmatic assault on civil liberties with the ongoing threat of the snooper's charter and an obsession to tear up the human rights act. We will fight them every step of the way.

    "There are enough re-runs on BBC without having to get the Queen to do her own."

  • Keith Aspden ()
    Article: May 18, 2016

    The Liberal Democrat and Conservative joint administration has revealed the full details of the Executive line-up it will nominate for formal approval at next week's Annual Council.

    The Executive will continue to be made up of 4 Conservatives and 4 Lib Dems, with Conservative Cllr David Carr taking over as Council Leader and Lib Dem Cllr Keith Aspden staying as Deputy Leader. Cllr Chris Steward will continue on the Executive as portfolio holder for Finance and Performance with Cllr Stuart Rawlings taking over the education portfolio from Cllr Jenny Brooks. The full line-up is:

  • Cllr Carol Runciman - Sycamore House ()
    Article: May 18, 2016

    Organisations in York are supporting national Mental Health Awareness Week (16-22 May), which this year has the theme of relationships.

    Founded in 2000, Mental Health Week is a UK event supported by the Mental Health Foundation. The aim of this week is to educate the public about mental health issues and to promote better mental health. This year's event focuses on the importance of good relationships in maintaining good mental health.

  • Cllr David Rendel
    Article: May 17, 2016

    Paying tribute to David Rendel, former Liberal Democrat MP for Newbury who passed away last night, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "I am hugely saddened by the loss of David Rendel. He was a committed, selfless individual who I will remember particularly for his unyielding campaigning over so many years. I will miss him.

  • Council Group of the Year ()
    Article: May 13, 2016

    Cllr Keith Aspden will continue as Group Leader of York Liberal Democrats following tonight's Annual General Meeting.

    The Lib Dems, who jointly run City of York Council, unanimously re-elected current leader Cllr Keith Aspden and deputy Cllr Ann Reid alongside other group and committee positions tonight.

  • Article: May 13, 2016

    So much of the debate around Europe has been about financial projections, trading complex cost benefit analyses about what will happen if we stay or leave. And fascinating though that all is, my hunch is that it might not, on its own, clinch the right result.

    Because there is much more to this Referendum than the economy, crucial though that is.