The mystery of the Holt Park Leaflet – Labour Sleuth is on the case

Residents in Holt Park have recently received an “anonymous” leaflet that attacks a future Labour government and seeks to blame the Labour run Leeds City Council for the Lib Dem Tory cuts. The Lib Dems want us to believe that the Labour-led City council is responsible for cutting local public services. We all know this … Continue reading The mystery of the Holt Park Leaflet – Labour Sleuth is on the case

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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.

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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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Autumn Statement: Losers – The Young, Working Families and Children – and the greenfields of North West Leeds?

How should we react to the autumn statement? Perhaps, as many commentators have said, as a piece of political theatre. It was certainly that – complete with smoke and mirrors. Its big message is – continuing austerity. And it’s becoming clear that for George Osborne, David Cameron and Nick Clegg austerity is an end in … Continue reading Autumn Statement: Losers – The Young, Working Families and Children – and the greenfields of North West Leeds?

Austerity isn’t working, and isn’t worth it – in Leeds North West or anywhere else

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Wednesday’s Labour Market Statistics looked good – or rather they looked a little better than the run of bad figures for the last three years. And we welcome them – any improvement is to be welcomed, since every single number is a real person, with a real life. And it is real people who have been carrying the burden of this Coalition Government’s austerity programme for too long.

Unfortunately, as we’ve stressed before, even these apparently improving figures hide very real regional variations.

In our own Constituency of Leeds North West the number of those claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance is up by 12% year on the year to July; people claiming JSA for over a year has risen by 20% in that same period. There’s been no change in the number of 18-24 year olds claiming JSA for over 12 months, and in NW Leeds we’ve seen a shocking 113%…

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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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The scandal of zero-hours Britain – and it’s getting worse

Adel and Wharfedale Branch member Megan Davies recently posted the article below on Left Futures. We thought you might want to read it. Ever since Tories won power in 2010, many have commented on the parallels between the dire inequalities of the present day and those of Victorian Britain. Never has this observation been as … Continue reading The scandal of zero-hours Britain – and it’s getting worse

Labour Party working to tackle the technology skills gap

June 5th was national VQ Day when the education sector celebrated vocational qualification. There has been growing recognition of the importance of technical skills in science and engineering.  In York we have the National STEM Centre (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) which is home to the UK’s largest collection of STEM teaching and learning resources, in … Continue reading Labour Party working to tackle the technology skills gap

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

Youth unemployment – Labour has plans to tackle it.

Three years after the formation of David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s Government youth unemployment is nearly 1 million and long-term unemployment is still rising. But only last month the Tory-led government voted to block Labour’s plans to use the money already being spent through public procurement to create thousands of new apprenticeship opportunities. Unlike the … Continue reading Youth unemployment – Labour has plans to tackle it.