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Budget Q&A with York council leader

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Mark Stead, mark.stead@thepress.co.uk

    City of York council leader James Alexander joins The Press at 3pm to answer your questions.
  • He'll talk about the council's budget plans for the next two years ahead of crunch February meeting.
  • Council must save £21 million over two years.
  • Tweet your questions at @yorkpress with hashtag #presscyc

Comments


A Northerner in Pembrokeshire 2:44pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Great Idea :) looking forward to this :)

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only human 3:23pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Are there anymore plans to further outsource the remaining adult housing facilities such as the sheltered housing schemes in york

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roskoboskovic 3:52pm Tue 29 Jan 13

only one question,why is this bloke the council leader.

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DEKKA 4:05pm Tue 29 Jan 13

roskoboskovic wrote…


only one question,why is this bloke the council leader.

Because Labour controls the council and Coun Alexander is the Labour leader. Simple really.

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mjr119 4:05pm Tue 29 Jan 13

"It is a tough one as this is a service not all residents use. for example some residents who don't have gardens but have relatives who require care services can say why are we giving free collections for garden waste to residents with gardens, when I don't have one? And yet my relative needs care services. It is a sad matter of priorities at a time of experiencing a 30% cut in Government funding.""

This has to be the poorest argument anyone can ever raise.

Let's all list things we pay for but don't use and moan about it.

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Pedro 4:07pm Tue 29 Jan 13

I pay no council tax due to being a carer and claim income support. Now they want to charge me "at least 30 percent" of the bill. So the penitence I get is going to decreased by a Sky TV bill for the benefit of them emptying my bins? Won't happen mate. Haven't enough to live on now.

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ReginaldBiscuit 4:31pm Tue 29 Jan 13

I have a question that I wanted to ask James.

How is his budgie?

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R'Marcus 5:21pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Pedro wrote…


I pay no council tax due to being a carer and claim income support. Now they want to charge me "at least 30 percent" of the bill. So the penitence I get is going to decreased by a Sky TV bill for the benefit of them emptying my bins? Won't happen mate. Haven't enough to live on now.

Penitence?
Penance?
That posting does not make any sense.

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Pedro 7:40pm Tue 29 Jan 13

R'Marcus wrote…


Pedro wrote…


I pay no council tax due to being a carer and claim income support. Now they want to charge me "at least 30 percent" of the bill. So the penitence I get is going to decreased by a Sky TV bill for the benefit of them emptying my bins? Won't happen mate. Haven't enough to live on now.
Penitence?
Penance?
That posting does not make any sense.

Pittance. Clicked the wrong word on the spell check.

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nick clogg 7:42pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Alexander is a jumped up schoolboy who hasn't got a clue. He should go back to wiping his nose the oik!!!

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TheTruthHurts 8:19pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Just quickly read through this and there seems to be lots of questions but not a lot of answers.

Lots of big numbers, percentages and statistics quoted but no actual answers.

I think Alexander could get hit by 50 custard pies. I bet none of it would stick

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nick clogg 9:05pm Tue 29 Jan 13

TheTruthHurts wrote…


Just quickly read through this and there seems to be lots of questions but not a lot of answers.

Lots of big numbers, percentages and statistics quoted but no actual answers.

I think Alexander could get hit by 50 custard pies. I bet none of it would stick

What a waste of custard

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Scarlet Pimpernel 11:18pm Tue 29 Jan 13

ReginaldBiscuit wrote…


I have a question that I wanted to ask James.

How is his budgie?

Do you mean the one that goes 'tweet, tweet, tweet' ?

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Scarlet Pimpernel 11:21pm Tue 29 Jan 13

I understand that Coun Alexander has a canary too..... and that twitters toowit toowhoo !!

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andyjon12 11:38pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Alexander is really no different than the asset rich conservatives. How can his Labour Council justify taxing JSA claimants and their children 30% council tax from April? Typically a JSA claimant will have to pay around £10.00 per week towards council tax, from an allowance of £71.00. The law says that the JSA allowance is the minimum amount that a person needs to live on, so surely if you suddenly implement this charge it is wrong? I must add that I'm not on JSA I'm a skilled electrician, who happens to be lucky enough to be in work, unlike many people who I know, who will be be affected by this unfair tax. Alexander, I bet you don't have the guts to answer my question, like I said you're no better than the Tories!

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andyjon12 11:40pm Tue 29 Jan 13

"from the asset rich"

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andyjon12 12:04am Wed 30 Jan 13

I call upon the proud working class people of our great City, to stand up to the middle class ruling classes who are about to unleash a social catastrophe of gigantic proportion upon our vulnerable and unsuspecting citizens. Now, who was it who said that "all human beings are equal, but some are more equal than others"?

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Ignatius Lumpopo 9:52am Wed 30 Jan 13

Why Is Cllr. Alexander's profile picture of him caressing a Japanese Class 395 train? What's wrong with a 365 built in York ("Train-makers to the World')?

And why a South Eastern commuter train? Is he forgetting where he works? Or does he have ambitions to move to London?

We should be told...

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nick clogg 10:12am Wed 30 Jan 13

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote…


Why Is Cllr. Alexander's profile picture of him caressing a Japanese Class 395 train? What's wrong with a 365 built in York ("Train-makers to the World')?

And why a South Eastern commuter train? Is he forgetting where he works? Or does he have ambitions to move to London?

We should be told...

he's in line for a by election so won't be in York long, thank God !!

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Pedro 3:09pm Wed 30 Jan 13

andyjon12 wrote…


Alexander is really no different than the asset rich conservatives. How can his Labour Council justify taxing JSA claimants and their children 30% council tax from April? Typically a JSA claimant will have to pay around £10.00 per week towards council tax, from an allowance of £71.00. The law says that the JSA allowance is the minimum amount that a person needs to live on, so surely if you suddenly implement this charge it is wrong? I must add that I'm not on JSA I'm a skilled electrician, who happens to be lucky enough to be in work, unlike many people who I know, who will be be affected by this unfair tax. Alexander, I bet you don't have the guts to answer my question, like I said you're no better than the Tories!

That is my point. It's madness! A tax should be based on people's ability to pay. What are you going to tell these people? Don't eat for a couple of days so you have the money to pay it? I notice the pensioners are spared this nonsense - they are always viewed as the deserving poor.

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Scarlet Pimpernel 3:25pm Wed 30 Jan 13

nick clogg wrote…


Ignatius Lumpopo wrote…

Why Is Cllr. Alexander's profile picture of him caressing a Japanese Class 395 train? What's wrong with a 365 built in York ("Train-makers to the World')? And why a South Eastern commuter train? Is he forgetting where he works? Or does he have ambitions to move to London? We should be told...
he's in line for a by election so won't be in York long, thank God !!

So pleased to hear this.

Hope it's a Bye Bye Election !

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idlehousewife 3:39pm Wed 30 Jan 13

I note that we are not being asked to comment on the article below about the ridiculous and totally unjust punishment handed out to the teenager for setting alight the young boy! Is there no justice? has the world gone mad? The teenager needs a spell in jail!

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