On 7th February, Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Mary Creagh will be at the university in Leeds giving a talk about Labour’s sustainability plans. This will be followed a short Q&A.

This is organized by Leeds Labour Studentsmary_creagh_250

4.30pm

Engineering (Houldsworth) LT E (G.08)

Free of charge

Further details here.

And those with a particular interest in Education may also find this interesting.

Ruth Lupton is giving the Winifred Mercier lecture at Leeds Met on 5 March.
17:00 for an 18:00 start

Details here.

Professor Ruth Lupton may be known to many of you as the author of an important report on the last Labour Government’s social spending and policies.

Its major conclusion was that the last Labour government’s increased social spending delivered major improvements to services and social outcomes.
The report also found no evidence that Labour’s social policy spending caused a crisis in the public finances before the global financial crisis and recession.
However it did conclude that wider inequalities still persisted.

The report ‘Labour’s Social Policy Record: Policy, Spending and The Outcomes 1997-2010’ assessed Labour’s record on social policy, including health, education, early years, neighbourhood renewal, benefits and pensions.


It was the first phase in the Social Policy in a Cold Climate series of papers looking at the effect of political and economic change on social policy, poverty and equality. 

The next phase will look specifically at the longer term effects of the financial crash and include up-to-date data on social policy under the Coalition government. This will be published in 2015.


Professor Lupton said:
“There is a myth that Labour spent a lot and achieved nothing.
The evidence shows that outcomes improved and gaps narrowed on virtually all the socio-economic indicators that were targeted.


“Labour left the Coalition with a legacy of more equal outcomes on many measures, less poverty and expanded public services. However, their reliance on the labour market to improve the situation for working age people with no children did not pay off – some outcomes for this group got worse.”



A detailed summary of the research is available here – however, the report’s main conclusions were:

• “Labour set ambitious social justice goals which changed the political discourse in the UK.

• “Contrary to popular belief, Labour’s policies were not dominated by increased cash benefits but by reinvestment in and ‘modernisation’ of public services.

• “In health, education, the early years and neighbourhood renewal, there were extra staff, more and newer and better equipped buildings, wider access, and new policy programmes and services. Socio-economic gaps in access to services decreased and the public became more satisfied with services.

• “Labour’s agenda was expensive. Its spending increases were high by international comparison, but from a low base. There is no evidence that increases in social policy spending caused a crisis in the public finances preceding the global financial crisis and recession.

• “Economic and social outcomes got better, and differences between social groups narrowed. Outcomes improved most for the people who were explicitly targeted by policy – families with children and pensioners. But overall income inequality did not really change.

Ruth Lupton’s lecture in Leeds is entitled
‘Can Labour be trusted with School Policy and Practice?’

In view of her previous work, we reckon that what she has to say will be well worth hearing.

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