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Rachael Maskell helps collect groceries for York Food Bank

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Today, 2 December, Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central, will join people collecting food for the Trussell Trust outside a branch of Tesco in York.

From Thursday, November 30 to Saturday, December 2, more than 2,600 Tesco stores across the UK are taking part in the annual Food Collection, which encourages shoppers to donate long-life foods to help charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network to give food and support to people who might otherwise go hungry this Christmas.

The MP is visiting the Tesco store in Low Ousegate to support the appeal, which last year collected 3.6 million meals for people in need.

The food donated to foodbanks in The Trussell Trust’s network is given in emergency food parcels to people referred because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their families. Food donated to FareShare is distributed to charities and community groups who use it to provide meals for vulnerable groups such as isolated older people and those in homeless shelters.

 

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York MP - the Budget doesn’t offer York any help.

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In Westminster, yesterday evening, 27 November, York Central’s MP, Rachael Maskell, spoke about how the Chancellor’s budget offered people in York no support or relief from the harsh policies of the Conservative Government.

Ms Maskell pointed out that after seven years of austerity seeing a decrease in growth, productivity and wages the Chancellor offered no hope to York, which during this time had been significantly affected. Soaring house prices had seen a dramatic increase in the number of people unable to access housing, decreases in school funding has seen York schools becoming the worst funded schools in the country, the local economy is threatened with job losses, like with the barracks closures, while there is little growth and Brexit uncertainty is risking further employment security. She also highlighted how the Government’s promise at the last budget to consult on business rates had yet to take place, while local businesses are seriously challenged by the current rates.

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Stay Well This Winter

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Today, Wednesday 8 November, Rachael Maskell MP visited the Day Lewis Pharmacy on Front Street, Acomb to learn more about how North Yorkshire Community Pharmacies are supporting the NHS England and Public Health England national campaign to help people prepare for winter weather. The message is to “Stay Well This Winter” and to encourage people most at risk from cold weather, including those with long-term health conditions and the over 65s, to prepare for the lower temperatures. Click here to read the Minster FM article.

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Friends of Acomb Park

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Click here to watch the full video of Rachael Maskell MP and Councillor Stuart Barnes discussing the council’s plan to build on the old Manor School playing fields and why they support the Friends of Acomb Park project to save the green space.

Show your support for Friends of Acomb Park by clicking here and following on Facebook.

Rachael Maskell MP said: “Labour recognise the need for more housing, especially affordable housing; without it we will continue to see many working people struggle to buy homes in York, and will see rents continue to rise, making life harder for people and making it more difficult for York to attract the key workers it needs such as nurses, teachers and social workers."

“Nevertheless, the British Sugar site in Acomb is already going to provide more than a thousand homes, and the area needs to preserve this green space for the benefit of residents.”

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Rachael Maskell MP to meet with minister over York’s NHS trust

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Today in Health Questions, Rachael Maskell, Labour MP for York Central pressed the Health Minister, Steve Brine MP to meet to discuss York’s health economy.

Ms Maskell has outlined on several occasions how York has had sustained underfunding, to match the demographic composition of people across the city and surrounding rural catchment area. Click here to see the full Minster FM article

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Huge support for ‘Friends of Acomb Park’

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A new campaign group set up to save playing fields in Acomb from being used for housing development has attracted huge support from residents of all ages.
 
Labour Councillor for Acomb Ward, Stuart Barnes, called the public meeting to bring the local community together after council bosses identified the playing fields of the former Manor School site on Boroughbridge Road as an area to be used for housing.
 
More than 80 residents attended the meeting at Lidgett Methodist Church, which discussed the history of the site which had been known as Acomb Park in the 19th Century, long before it became Manor School in 1965. Click here for the York Press article.
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Rachael Maskell MP’s weekly update 15th October

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Rachel Maskell MP’s Weekly update, topics include Brexit, the NHS, Division in the Tory party and what it means to be a Coop MP.

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Rachael Maskell calls for an end to fracking and investment in green energy

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Rachael Maskell visits the campaigners up at the Kirby Misperton fracking site calling for an end to fracking and investment in green energy.

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World Homelessness Day, 10th of October 2017

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Today is World Homelessness day, I spent Sunday evening talking with York’s homeless community, charities and other support agencies.

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At Kirby Misperton Fracking Site

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Rachael Maskell MP for York Central joined with anti-fracking campaigners at the gates of the fracking  site in Kirby Misperton, Ryedale yesterday to call for an end to fracking and for the local Council to listen to the objections from the local community.

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September Update

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Click here to view my weekly video update from Westminster

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Rachael Maskell MP: Calling for fairer business rates for Pubs

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Pubs are important community hubs in York, and across the UK they provide 850,000 jobs. We must try to ensure that pubs continue to play their important role in British life.

Before the Spring Budget, a number of organisations joined CAMRA in calling for support for pubs facing significant increases in their business rates due to the revaluation which comes into force in April. I supported this call as I know the detrimental impact that this is having on pubs.

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HOMES in York are 14 per cent less affordable now than in 2007

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Rachael Maskell MP said: York Central Labour MP Rachael Maskell said the figures evidenced why York had such a serious housing crisis, and said the council’s ‘failure to build new homes for local people’ had exacerbated this crisis. Click here to read the full York Press article.

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My weekly update 11-15th September

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Click here to view my weekly video update from York

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No one or no community should be left behind, says York Central MP Rachael Maskell

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AS THE summer draws to an end, children are heading back to school and others will be heading off to college or university.

I have now returned to Parliament after a busy summer working to support residents and businesses across the city.

Some of the biggest global challenges for a generation will be debated in the forthcoming term in Parliament and I will also be focusing my work on the future of our region and the need for investment in the local economy and infrastructure.

Instead of the same rhetoric coming from the Government surrounding the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ we actually need a strategy that plugs into the potential that cities like York has to offer.

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It’s a Knockout in support of St Leonard's Hospice

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Watch the Team Labour Highlights from It’s a Knockout, raising money for St Leonard’s Hospice.

Rachael Maskell MP said:

“It was great fun to join up with local councillors and labour party members to form a team for ‘It’s a Knockout’. I greatly appreciate all the incredible work St Leonard’s Hospice do in providing care and support for local people with life limiting illnesses. York's Hospice gets a disproportionately low contribution to its running cost from the CCG compared with other hospices and relies heavily on money raised by the public to provide local people and their families with free care. This is why fundraising events like ‘It’s a Knockout’ today are such fantastic events to sponsor and get involved in.”

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Supporting The Red Box Project in York

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Rachael Maskell MP met with the founders of The Red Box Project in York, a new community-funded project which provides sanitary products for primary and secondary school girls who are in need of them. This project has been set up to tackle ‘period poverty’, an inequality faced by young women who cannot afford sanitary products for their entire periods. The main aim of the project is to provide every young woman in need with enough sanitary products for their entire period so they do not miss school because of their period.

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Basic human rights of elderly patients ignored

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Rachael Maskell, Labour and Co-operative MP for York Central and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Older People and Ageing, has today (17 August 2017) criticised the Government for failing to uphold the basic rights of elderly patients within the National Health Service. Ms. Maskell was responding to an alarming new report issued by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) which found that over a third of family members have been concerned about the hospital care of an elderly relative.

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Rachael Maskell MP calls for investment in York’s economy

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Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central, has called for a meeting with the Business Secretary, Greg Clarke MP and this will take place in September. The meeting is to highlight the importance of investing in York’s economy. Investing in good secure jobs with decent wages is vital to support people across the city, where average wages are lower than the national and Yorkshire average.

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Supporting the Summer Reading Challenge

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Rachael Maskell MP for York Central is supporting a campaign run by charity The Reading Agency to encourage all primary school children to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which launches across England and Wales on Saturday 15th July.

To mark the starting date of the summer-long project, Rachael will be donating several books to York’s city centre library York Explore on Saturday morning. The Summer Reading Challenge, a unique partnership between The Reading Agency and public libraries across the UK, last year got over 729,000 children borrowing, reading and talking about their favourite books.

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