Candidate for Westfield
Jason has been active in York since he first arrived as a teenager over a decade ago. As well as holding Labour Party positions like York Vice-Chair, he has been involved in city-wide organisations including a few years as Chair of the York Open Planning Forum. He has also volunteered with groups such as York Foodbank and Visit York, and has been a director of a York company and trustee of a York charity. He has recently moved to the Chapelfields area, and he works as a management consultant.
Jason was inspired to run as a candidate for Westfield due to the terrible decisions that have been made by the current Lib-Dem/Tory council and the severe effects of austerity introduced by the national Tory/Lib Dem coalition, which have caused one of the highest child poverty rates in the country, among other awful problems for the most vulnerable, and general deterioration of council services including, for instance, road quality. He supports the party’s campaign for a living wage across York and more affordable housing to address the cost of living crisis.
“I’m standing in Westfield ward because I would like the council to serve the people who live here better. It is distressing that in a city as affluent as ours we have such high poverty and homelessness rates, with many people in full time work still needing benefits to pay for food and bills. The current coalition refuses to try to tackle the big issues, and locally we have the deputy leader of the council letting down his own residents by taking the people of Westfield for granted.”