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  • AIleen & City of York Councillors with Sarah Olney MP
    Article: Mar 23, 2017

    York Liberal Democrats have selected local resident Aileen Hingston to contest the forthcoming Micklegate by-election

    Aileen is a retired civil servant who has lived in Micklegate ward for 25 years. Her career involved health and social care, refugee issues, and economic statistics. She has been campaigning to resolve parking problems for residents and to improve local bus services.

  • Article: Mar 23, 2017

    Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Fulford and Heslington, is asking residents to support his petition calling for additional flood defence funding and works in Fulford.

    The A19 in Fulford is prone to flooding after periods of heavy rainfall, which has caused traffic disruption on several occasions on one of the city's busiest roads. Fordlands Road, just off the A19, is also vulnerable to flooding, which has in the past led to the Fordlands Road community being cut off.

  • Purple Flag
    Article: Mar 22, 2017

    'Purple Flag' status could be on the way for York city centre, with Liberal Democrat councillors proposing a motion to a Council meeting later this month.

    Purple Flag is an accreditation process for town and city centres - similar to Green Flag for parks and Blue Flag for beaches. The award is given to places that meet set standards of excellence in managing the evening and night time economy.

  • Cllr Carol Runciman meets hardworking NHS staff with Party Leader, Tim Farron, and Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Norman Lamb.
    Article: Mar 21, 2017

    Cllr Carol Runciman and the Liberal Democrats have called for emergency funding to keep health services from the brink of collapse.
    The Liberal Democrats passed a motion at their recent spring conference in York calling for an injection of emergency funding - particularly focused on social care and mental health services.

  • Article: Mar 9, 2017

    Cllr Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, has raised concerns over £50 million of health cuts announced by the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group.

    A CCG report for a meeting of York's Health and Wellbeing Board tomorrow identifies cuts in areas including out of hospital care, elective orthopaedics, and continuing healthcare. The CCG remains in special measures after NHS England rated it inadequate for leadership, finances, planning, and performance in July 2016. Projections suggest that the CCG's financial deficit will nearly double between 2016/17 and 2017/18, from £24 to £45 million.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2017
    By Cllr Keith Aspden

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader of City of York Council, Cllr Keith Aspden, has responded to the Chancellor's Budget announcement today.

    Commenting on the Budget and funding for social care, Cllr Aspden said:

    "Nationally, there is still an estimated funding gap of £1 billion next year for adult social care. It shows that Liberal Democrats are right to keep campaigning on the issue.

  • Article: Mar 2, 2017

    The Council is writing to around a third of all households in York to let them know that their recycling collection day will change from the 1st of April 2017.

    Households affected by the changes can expect to receive a new rubbish and recycling calendar in the post. The Council is also providing free boxes, lids and nets to households affected by the change.

  • Road Investment 2017 ()
    Article: Feb 24, 2017

    Liberal Democrat budget plans were passed at a meeting of City of York Councillors yesterday. The budget will help protect local frontline services in the face of huge government cuts.

    The budget will:

    • - Double long-term investment in roads and footpaths to £20million
    • - Increase money for gulley cleaning, gritting and litter bins
    • - Support renewable energy to make York the Greenest City in the North
  • Lord Shipley with Cllrs Aspden and Reid
    Article: Feb 20, 2017

    A leading Liberal Democrat peer has hailed progress on York Central on a visit to the city and urged the Government to continue to back the plans.

    Lord Shipley, Lib Dem Spokesperson for Communities, Decentralisation and the Northern Powerhouse and a former government cities advisor, toured the York Central site on Wednesday 15th February with Deputy Council Leader Cllr Keith Aspden, Cllr Ann Reid, and representatives from Network Rail.

  • Cllr Ashley Mason
    Article: Feb 20, 2017

    Liberal Democrats are fighting against real term school funding cuts in York. Recent figures from the National Union of Teachers show that schools in the city will lose £4.2 million in real terms by 2020.

    The biggest secondary school loser in York will be Manor CE Academy, which is predicted to lose out by £454,415 or £461 per pupil by 2020. Meanwhile, Huntington School will see a real terms cut of £383 per pupil, Archbishop Holgate's £358 per pupil and Fulford School £293 per pupil. Primary schools across York also face cuts with Tang Hall Primary set to lose £555 per pupil by 2020.