Question 2: What will you and your government do to bridge the ever-growing economic equality which is felt across the country?
Rachael Maskell: Labour’s agenda is about addressing the huge inequality. York is the most inequitable city outside London. “We have to mend that divide.”
To do that you need properly paid, secure jobs; properly funded public services; “we have the fourth worst funded schools in the country”. We need the right investment in the right places.
Fabia Tate: we’re the party of working people, the party of aspiration. We’ll increase the minimum wage, support business to create more jobs, and are looking at schooling to introduce more vocational T-levels.
There will be 250K more affordable homes built in the next four years.
James Blanchard: We have a massively imbalanced economy – it’s a problem with our capital city, London. London gets far more money spent on its schools and public transport. Lib Dems argue for regional devolution, not just for Yorkshire but for every region.
Andrew Snedden: There’s a huge difference between those who are doing well and those who are not doing well. There’s a massive London and the rest divide.
Andrew Dunn: We want to be compassionate and competitive. We will raise tax funds to eradicate serious social problems like homelessness and improving the NHS.
Tom Franklin: We will introduce Universal Basic Income, to replace among other things the pension and Universal Credit. That would mean everyone has something.
Nicholas Szkiler: North Yorkshire Police are dealing with almost as much time dealing with mental health care as they are with policing issues. Because of underfunding in mental health care we have pushed a problem elsewhere. We need joined up thinking to make progress