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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.”Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Rachael Maskell MP for York Central joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) yesterday in Westminster to demand the Government introduces a full ban on the ivory trade.Read more
Following the recent announcement about the closure of Burgins Perfumary, a business which has been trading in York for 137 years, Rachael Maskell challenged the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, to say when he will begin an urgent consultation on business rates to help traders in York. In his Spring Budget the Chancellor promised that “a new preferred approach to business rates” would be consulted on but this has not happened.Read more