Month: November 2017

Have your say: #York Budget Consultation 2018 to 2019 – Online consultation closes at midnight on Friday 15 December 2017

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Last night, Cllr Denise Craghill (Guildhall Ward) discussed spending priorities with Green Party Members.

The current ruling Conservative -LibDem Coalition in York is currently consulting on the council’s budget for the coming year. As in previous years, there is an online survey to ask residents for asking for their views and priorities. After criticism from Green councillors last year, now there is more time for consultation.


There was a paper version of the survey included in the latest edition of Our City (currently in distribution). Please be aware that the consultation for paper surveys from Our City closes already on Friday 1 December 2017.

The easiest way is to complete a Budget Consultation survey online. You can also use the open comment boxes for clarifications e.g. if the survey just gives your “investment in roads and footpaths” as an option, but you would just prefer one or the other.


Graph: Budget Consultation 2018/2019 from City of York Council.

Due to the repeated cuts to funding for local authorities by the austerity-driven governments in Westminster, we already know that in 2018 there will be further financial challenges and decisions to make on a substantial rise to council tax and/or cuts in serves. The coalition indicates that in 2018 to 2019, they want to save £6.1 million (and another £4.2 million in 2019-2020). In their last budget, they agreed on proposals which already identify £3 million of savings towards the target for next year.


Graph: Budget Consultation 2018/2019 from City of York Council.

The Budget Council meeting will be in February 2018 and a more detailed proposal form the coalition will be available at the beginning of the new year. All opposition parties will have the opportunity to propose changes and amendments, which will be discussed and voted on in February. 

York Green Group Leader and local councillor for Fishergate, Andy D’Agorne said, “We condemn the draconian cuts being forced on local government in general and specifically here in York.  We have the ninth lowest funding per head and the second lowest net budget spend per head of all unitary authorities. The increasing pressures of looking after our elderly and aging population mean we need to be increasing spending, not cutting it. As long as the Government continues to starve local authorities of funding – pouring vast amounts of our taxes into nuclear weapons, subsidies for nuclear plants and fracking companies, road building and the HS2 vanity project – the only way out of the spiral of decline in local services is to increase in our local tax base year on year.”

Consultation for the online survey closes at midnight on Friday 15 December 2017.

#York Disability Pride weekend 1-3 December

We are delighted to advertise the forthcoming events for York Disability Pride weekend, marking the UN International Day of People with Disabilities 2017. The weekend is organised by York Independent Living Network, York Human Rights City and Explore York, supported by York St John University and funded by the York Committee at JRF.
Disability Pride: A weekend of power and performance.
Join us over the weekend of 1st, 2nd and 3rd December 2017 to celebrate disability pride in York, with comedy, theatre, dance, music, spoken word and art.
Friday 1st December, 6. 30-9pm – Disability Pride Cabaret.York St John University, Temple Hall. Compered by comedian and activist Laurence Clark the evening presents a showcase of York’s disabled people’s artistic talent. Book here –
Saturday 2nd December, 11-4pm -What is Disability Pride? York Explore Central Library. Beginning with a live video link to Urbino, Italy and the sharing of some short disability films with the Eleanor Worthington Prize, then followed by an afternoon of poetry, debate, doodles, zine making and
more. With spoken word by Say Owt, including Jackie Hagan of ‘Some People Have too many legs’ and others.
Sunday 3rd December, 12-3pm -Pop up Disability Cinema. York Explore Central Library. One disability feature film, some film shorts, possibly popcorn, all about disability and then a bit of a debate about what it all means. Titles to follow.
All events are free and will include BSL interpreting. We plan for an inclusive event, but please let us know if you need us to do anything to facilitate access.
For more details see, or email