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 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
Rachael Maskell MP: "The East Coast Main Line returned £1BN to the the treasury in public ownership after the collapse of the National Express contract. I asked the Minister if Virgin or the taxpayer alone will be contributing to the cost of upgrading the crumbling network. Labour will nationalise our rail network, It's time for public ownership for the public interest."Read more
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.Read more
Thank you for placing your trust in me again and re-electing me to represent you in Parliament. I have already made progress on many of the issues that concern you. No-one could have imagined we would end up with a Government in chaos without a serious programme to address the needs of our nation. Neither could we imagine they would pay the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for their votes to cling onto power, rather than giving our hard working public sector workers a pay rise.Read more