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Responding to today’s Chancellor’s Spending Review announcement

City of York Councillor, Keith Aspden.

Published Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, commented:

“Since the very beginning of the pandemic, we have provided critical support for those who have shielded, those struggling on low-incomes and to our local businesses at a time of national crisis, and we continue to do so. 

At the same time, under difficult circumstances, our staff have maintained frontline services, helped residents and businesses to adapt to the ever-changing national guidance, and have provided a successful local track and trace system where the national system has been unsuccessful.

“This has all been achieved with the burden of unprecedented financial pressures caused by the pandemic and £15 billion of Government funding cuts over the last decade.  This year, the Government has provided additional funding to help councils manage the impact of Covid-19, which has been welcome.  However, the Government made a promise to give councils everything we need to respond the pandemic, yet despite this, City of York Council continues to face a budget gap of over £20 million.”

"Unfortunately, today’s announcement will do little to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic on our city, as well as provide the necessary funding for all our services which have been so relied upon during this time of national crisis.  Whilst we welcome the support to our low income public sector workers and additional adult social care grant, it’s quite clear that local authorities across the UK are now having to contemplate difficult decisions for the months ahead, and in York, this is no different.

“Earlier in the year, as part of our submission to the Chancellor’s Comprehensive Spending Review, we urged the Government to back York and provide the funding needed to enable us to lead the recovery in our region.  Despite the disappointment of today’s announcement, we will continue to make these calls and seek the investment our city needs.”

“Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing further details of how people can have their say the Council’s 2021/22 budget, and we will continue to urge the Government make good on their promise to Councils and of course, make the case for York.

For more information on how businesses can access financial support and advice visit https://www.york.gov.uk/COVIDBusiness

To find about more about the ‘Back York’ campaign, which supports and links up with the work of other organisations and councils who are lobbying for more funding for councils, including the Local Government Association, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, IPPR North, Association of Directors of Children’s Services and more, please visit the Back York page on the council’s website (https://www.york.gov.uk/BackYork