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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian questions Ministers on flood defences south of York

Julian questions Ministers on flood defences south of York

Julian this morning asked Ministers about the resilience of flood defences, and emphasised the need to remember smaller communities south of York when drawing up flood protection plans. In the House of Commons during questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, Julian said: “Hard flood defences like the

Julian visits Copmanthorpe Pharmacy to encourage residents to ‘Stay Well this Winter’ and ‘Think Pharmacy First’

Julian recently visited Copmanthorpe Pharmacy to learn about how North Yorkshire Community Pharmacies are...

Julian Pledges his support to help campaigners save New Earswick Swimming Pool

Last Saturday, Julian visited New Earswick Swimming Pool where he met with campaigners, pool...

Julian visits Haxby fish and chip shop for Small Business Saturday 2017

Julian today paid a visit to the award-winning Millers fish and chip shop in...

Julian demands Council Tax freeze for York

January 7, 2013

On Monday morning, the Conservative Party announced that the Government would extend the council tax freeze grant by another year.

Over the past two years, the Government has offered a grant to every willing local authority who has sought to keep council tax bills down for their residents during these difficult economic times. In real terms, the Government has already cut council tax by 4.4 per cent since coming to power. The new freeze now means the average family’s council tax bill will be up to £72 lower next year on a Band D home than it would otherwise have been (on top of the £148 each family has saved over the last two years).

Unfortunately, however, the City of York Council is again refusing to take up the Government’s latest offer and as such local residents are set to suffer again from unnecessarily high bills. Commenting on the Government’s commitment, Julian said:-

“Once again, the City of York Council has patently failed to lower the tax bill of local residents. A 2% increase has already been announced by the Leader of the Council despite another grant offer by the Government. With a rise of 2.9% already implemented this year, and a 2% rise planned for next year, the council has continued to cynically avoid the increase thresholds which would automatically prompt a local referendum on the matter. The decision to push ahead with such increases when so many other local authorities are taking advantage of the Government’s grant really does beggar belief, showing complete disregard to local taxpayers in tough economic times. The Council really must rethink this decision and work with the Government to freeze council tax across York next year.”