All the parties and groups on York City Council have agreed to work together to help York overcome Covid-19. This has been announced with the following letter to the media:
Dear Local Media Organisations
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on all aspects of our society. No individual, business or institution has been left untouched and City of York Council is no different.
Like everywhere, our workforce is affected, services are stretched and we are taking unprecedented measures to help vulnerable residents and businesses through the crisis. Tragically, it is estimated that there will be over 700 deaths in York by October. Covid-19 is the most severe public health crisis of our lifetimes.
As leaders of our political groups on City of York Council, we are committed to working together in the shared interests of all the communities we represent. During this crisis and as we gradually move to recovery, we are pledging to work together constructively and leave partisan politics to one side.
Working together does not mean that our political groups will always agree on council decisions. We will seek to make our communications constructive and communicated in a manner that does not dampen the morale of frontline staff. The benefits of this approach to York are considerable. We will provide consistent messaging to residents at a time when communities require reliable, accurate and up to date information more than ever. This approach will allow us to continue to rally behind our council workers and to launch our local recovery for York.
We may disagree on many things in normal times, but in protecting residents and communities, we are united.
Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of the Council / Liberal Democrat Group
Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of the Council / Leader of the Green Group
Cllr Danny Myers, Leader of the Labour Group
Cllr Paul Doughty, Leader of the Conservative Group
Cllr David Carr, Leader of the York Independent Group