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Our Big Conversation: 10 Year Strategies Consultation

You can help shape the future of travel in York.

We’ll be launching a public consultation in November which will look at York’s transport as a whole, not just individual projects, for the first time since 2010.

Come along to our events and take part in the conversation.

'Our Big Conversation' is your chance to get involved in a city-wide discussion, helping the city get to grips with some of the biggest challenges facing us:

  • climate change
  • health and wellbeing
  • York’s economy

How we address these 10 Year Strategies will shape life in York for at least the next decade; the way we make our city greener, how we live healthier, happier lives, and how we work...

Our Big Conversation feedback is also used to inform our transport priorities, so we understand how people want to move around the city, and feedback from any Our Big Conversation consultation will be used to help shape our budget for 2023 to 2024.

Get involved in Our Big Conversation

We want to hear more voices than ever before. We're building networks and inclusive approaches to make sure all of York's communities have a say, including disabled people, children and young people, older people, students, black and minority ethnic people, and the LGBTQ+ community.

We'll share what you're telling us, so you know what other people in the city think, and why we make decisions.

To get involved, take part in:

  • the latest surveys, polls and consultations
  • live sessions with leaders
  • community conversations with local interest groups and networks
  • workshops about different themes

A number of medium and small consultations are being undertaken by City of York Council. See details of current consultations.

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City of York Council Budget 2023/24 

As a Council, we are facing unprecedented financial pressures and demand for our services. Challenges bought about by the pandemic, rising energy, fuel and food prices, and inflationary increases are making it difficult for the council to balance its budget, just as it is making it difficult for individuals and households to balance theirs.

Across the country, Councils are facing additional cost pressures of £2.4 billion in 2022/23. In 2023/24, there is a funding gap of £3.4 billion just to maintain services at pre-COVID-19 levels.

For all these pressures to be met through council tax alone, councils across the country would have to put up council tax by 20 per cent over the next two years, which is neither sustainable nor desirable given the impact of the current cost of living crisis on residents and businesses.

York is no exception to these challenges and is facing a significant budget pressure of £10m next year

The focus of this year’s budget is to stabilise our financial position, allowing us to continue to deliver crucial services and support to our local communities.

We will also continue our ambitious capital programme and invest in our city, from accelerating vital regeneration projects, such as York Central, to delivering new sustainable and affordable homes.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the budget consultation. You can view the feedback online and see what and has helped inform budget proposals for the year ahead.

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My City Centre

Your input in shaping the My City Centre conversation has informed the new city centre vision.

Find out more about the My City Centre York vision.

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Our Big Conversation

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