Leeds City Council Budget 2014-15: 3. Now for the Good News – a Labour Council working to protect services.

This is the third of a series of posts explaining the Leeds Labour Council’s Budget for 2014-15.

Leeds North West Constituency

Over these past days we’ve brought you the depressing facts of LibDem/Tory Cuts, and their impact on Leeds.
We all need to understand what has been happening to Local Government funding.
We all need to appreciate the long hard road which has brought Leeds to this year’s Council Tax increase.IMG_6177

In the last of our series of posts on the Labour Council’s Budget, we bring you the Good News.
Children and the vulnerable are top of the list – 58.6% of the total Council Budget will be spent on Children’s Services and Adult Social Care.
But in a host of ways, the Labour Council is working to protect and improve life for all its citizens.

    CHILDREN – A NUMBER ONE PRIORITY – A COMMITMENT TO GIVE EVERY CHILD IN LEEDS THE BEST START IN LIFE

All 57 Children’s SureStart Centres have been kept open, and will be kept ope

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Mark Henley to fight Adel and Wharfedale for Labour in Leeds Council elections in 2014.

Mark Henley has been chosen to fight Adel and Wharfedale in the Council elections in 2014. Mark has lived in North Leeds for the past fifteen years. He’s a barrister, who has been in self-employed practice in Leeds for eighteen years: and has long experience of working for local people as a professional advocate on … Continue reading Mark Henley to fight Adel and Wharfedale for Labour in Leeds Council elections in 2014.

Paying the Price of Government Failure – Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber

Leeds North West Constituency

We recently posted an item on our website about unemployment and living standards in our constituency, Leeds North West. Here we turn our attention more widely to Yorkshire and the Humber. This has been made possible by the publication of the Yorkshire and the Humber Jobs and Opportunities Bulletin (July 2013).

The threat and the fact of unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber is a very serious one. The Coalition’s austerity programme has hit our region harder than some more affluent areas in the south of the country. No surprise there!

The evidence from across the country is clear. Five years after the global financial crisis and economic crash and with three years of coalition slash and burn policies, the UK has 2.5m people unemployed – 8 per cent of the labour force – including almost 1 million young people aged 16-24. The proportion of people who are in work…

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The Price of Government Failure – Unemployment in Leeds North West Parliamentary Constituency

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We have been posting recently about unemployment, underemployment and zero-hours contracts. Until now we have not been able to focus attention on how the Liberal Democrat and Tory led economic crisis is directly affecting the Leeds North West parliamentary constituency. Publication of the Labour Party’s ‘Yorkshire and the Humber Jobs and Opportunities Bulletin (July 2013)’ changes this.labour_at_work

The data supplied by the Office for National Statistics that forms the basis of the Yorkshire and the Humber Jobs and Opportunities Bulletin (July 2013) makes grim reading. For example:

  1. The number of under-25s claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance for over a year in the Leeds NW constituency increased by 400% between 2010 – 2013.
  2. The number of over-25s claiming Job Seekers Allowance in the Leeds NW constituency increased by more than 600% between 2010 – 2013.
  3. The gross weekly pay in £ of full-time earners in the Leeds NW Constituency, 2010 – 2012…

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“So what did Europe ever do for us” – quite a lot, really, as Linda McAvan, MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, reminds us

Tomorrow is Europe Day, 9 May. With all the bilge in the right-wing press about the EU, it's good to be reminded of the many positive things Europe has meant. Here are 5 Facts about the European Union - from our MEP, Linda McAvan 1. The European Union protects your worker's rights. Your right to … Continue reading “So what did Europe ever do for us” – quite a lot, really, as Linda McAvan, MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, reminds us

One nation – new ideas. What would be in Labour’s Queen’s speech next week

Ed Miliband is today setting out six of the key economic Bills that would appear in a Labour Queen’s Speech next week: a One Nation programme with new ideas to begin turning Britain’s economy around.
 
Labour’s economic plans include:
 
• A Jobs Bill to put in place a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee. 
• A Finance Bill … Continue reading One nation – new ideas. What would be in Labour’s Queen’s speech next week

Lady Thatcher is dead and buried but Thatcherism is alive and kicking

Looking at the press, radio and television over the past week or so a visiting alien might be forgiven for thinking that political debate in the UK only concerned whether Baroness Thatcher was either the Wicked Witch of the West or the modern day Britannia. The alien would be wrong. During the days between the … Continue reading Lady Thatcher is dead and buried but Thatcherism is alive and kicking

70,000 more unemployed? There is an alternative.

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So yesterday, hidden behind another slightly larger news item, we saw unemployment rise by 70,000.  We have been following this LibDem and Tory economic plan for three years now and it it clear that this plan is failing and failing badly.

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The total number of people now unemployed in the UK now stands at around 2.56 million people.  Personally I find the number 2.56 million difficult to visualize.  A number so large that it just become a number on a page.  We cannot forget that for every single one of these people, there is an individual story, an individual struggle, and an individual’s livelihood at risk.

For unemployment to be so high at the same time that the Tories and LibDems are giving a tax cut of £100,000 to every millionaire is frankly offensive and serves only to rub salt into…

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