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York Human Rights City

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On Monday, Rachael Maskell MP for York Central attended the declaration to make York the first Human Rights City in the UK.

From Bandung in Indonesia and Graz in Austria to Richmond, California in the US and Thies in Senegal, residents and authorities are looking at international human rights and putting them into action in their own communities.

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Easter Egg Collection for York Foodbank

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Over Easter, Rachael Maskell MP attended the Gateway Centre in Front Street, Acomb, together with Councillor Janet Looker to hand over Easter eggs to York Food Banks. The Trussell Trust run the food bank in Acomb but they distribute food throughout York and have centres in Tang Hall, Bell Farm and the city centre.

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Free School Meals For All

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A major policy announcement outlined how the next Labour Government will provide free school meals for all primary school children, in a change that could benefit 14,449 children in York. Many Labour Councils are already introducing free school meals and are seeing the positive impact that this is having on children.

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Comments on the Triggering of Article 50

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Today the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50, and embark on her negotiations for a hard Brexit – out of the Single Market and out of the Customs Union.

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York Sleepout for Homeless Charity SASH

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Last Friday night, Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central joined staff and volunteers from the homeless charity, SASH to take part in the York Sleepout. York Sleepout, which is taking place in the grounds of Tang Hall Community Centre, has been devised to raise awareness of homelessness in York and also to help with fundraising for the charity.

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Save York Barracks

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Rachael Maskell MP this week launched her petition to Save York Barracks at Imphal Barracks on Fulford Road. Ms Maskell is leading the campaign to reverse the Government’s decision to move 1400 skilled jobs from the city and protect 2,000 years of York’s proud history as a Garrison City. Sign the petition at: www.saveyorkbarracks.com

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Anti-Fracking Camp

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Rachael Maskell MP for York Central visited Kirby Misperton Protection Camp last Saturday (4 March) to meet the campaigners taking direct action to stop fracking in their community and to see the KM8 well site with Frack Free York and Thirsk & Malton Labour activists.

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Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight

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Rachael Maskell MP for York Central met with with Leonard Kachebonaho, the Chief Executive of Kaderes, a coffee producing co-operative from Tanzania to celebrate fair-trade fortnight, which highlights the work and living standards in developing countries of the UK's everyday groceries.

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Business Rates

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On 1 April, the Government will change the annual uprating of business rates in England from the Retail Prices Index to the Consumer Price Index. They will permanently double Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) in England, and raise the SBRR threshold in England to rateable values of up to £12,000 tapering to £15,000. This is the first reform of business rates in seven years and whilst the changes may be welcome news to some businesses, a major half a million firms will face rises of up to 300% according to the Federation of Small Businesses, (in some cases transitional relief may be available to lessen this).

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Rachael's Column: What Does The Future Hold

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Although the EU Referendum divided the country in two last June, and while York voted clearly to remain in the EU, my conversations with constituents since the summer has shown that the city is more united than divided.

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Statement from Rachael Maskell MP

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I will be voting against the triggering of Article 50, in line with the strong remain vote from my constituents last June.

There is much diversity across all communities in the UK, and Labour is the only Party that can speak for the whole country by ensuring that local people have a voice in politics. York has over a 1000 year history of being a centre of trade in Europe, and its economy through its two universities, manufacturers and tourism base still very much relying on Single Market membership and free trade arrangements.

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Speaking out on School Cuts

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An Opposition Day Debate was called last week in Parliament to highlight the cuts to school funding and the impact they are having on the ability of children to reach their full potential. Labour are also calling on the Government to ensure that all schools have the funding they need to provide an excellent education for every child.

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Rachael's Column: NHS - We Cannot Let This Go On

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The warnings were well aired, but repeatedly ignored. The warm winters kept the crisis away, but this winter’s NHS meltdown was expected.

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Rail Fail: Time for a New Approach

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Labour’s plan is to bring railways into public ownership, keep fares down by running services on a not-for-profit basis and invest in our railways – putting passengers first.

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Floods: One Year On

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Council Must Address Taxi Safety Concerns - Uber

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Following a recent meeting with a group of taxi drivers from across York, Rachael Maskell MP, has written to City of York Council to call for Uber’s taxi licence to be deferred until a series of checks have been carried out on its drivers. Concerns about Uber have been raised nationally and locally and the York Central MP says these must be addressed before the council issue a taxi licence to the company. This matter is to be raised at a meeting of the Planning and Urgency Committee which is meeting at 10:00am tomorrow morning.

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Rachael's Column: Hope for the Future

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As we draw to the end of 2016, for many it has been a challenging year. We started with the great clear up after the floods, and while understandably nervousness continues, I have worked hard in Parliament to secure the funding for the full upgrade of the Foss Barrier and ensure that the city has been provided funding for better defences.

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STP – Leaves Gaps and Unanswered Questions

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The Humber Coast and Vale Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) sets alive a new conversation about how we take forward health and social care. Needless to say at the heart of the plan is the call to mitigate against the predicted £420m deficit in the service by 2020/21.

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Reacting to Autumn Statement

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The Chancellor opened his statement with an admission of complete economic failure for the past 6 years of Government. It is official that the long term economic plan has failed. He announced that the national debt has continued to rise under this Government, and will continue to do so, reaching a staggering 90.2%. Debt is spiralling out of control as the national debt has now reached £1.7 trillion, while household debt has rocketed to £1.5 trillion. He also dropped the fiscal rule but not austerity.

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Rachael's Column: Imphal Barracks

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As 11 o’clock struck on Remembrance Sunday, York fell silent to remember all those who sacrificed their freedom for ours. The streets were bursting with people wanting to equally honour those who had served us, and those who continue to do so. It is always a poignant day for the city which comes together in support of our Armed Forces.

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