The Tories transferred public health to councils, and then cut the council funding! Thanks to Tory and LibDem cuts since 2010, 62.5% of Leeds entire budget is now spent on adult and children’s social care. That’s a severe constraint, though we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable. But we’re also finding cash to set up a dementia care network, £500,000 next year for children’s mental health and money for 50 new public access defibrillators.
“Supporting three quarters of a million citizens, Leeds’ health and care system has much to be proud of with world class examples and a history of public health innovation stemming back over a century and a half.
The Council’s health and wellbeing strategy re-emphasises the importance of improving the health of the poorest, reducing health inequalities and crucially putting people at the centre of everything we do.
In Leeds we retain our determination to treat people with dignity, to enable everyone to play a part in helping Leeds to be the best city for health and wellbeing and a place where people live better, longer and happier lives.
62.5 percent of Leeds City Council’s budget is now spent on adult and children’s social care. While this has significantly impacted on other areas of Council funding it demonstrates Leeds Labour’s commitment to protecting our most vulnerable.
Under Labour, Leeds City Council will be setting up a dementia care network, with additional funding of £36,000 for the team to support 15 independent sector homes to train workers.
Last year we invested significantly on mental health. This year we will invest a further £500,000 on a new scheme to ensure children in Leeds with mental health are able to get the support they need. It is time that mental health is treated on a par with physical health.
Chances of survival increase to 90 percent if a defibrillator is used within the first minute of a heart attack. Under Labour, Leeds City Council will provide 50 new public access defibrillators across our city.
The Conservatives in government originally promised that NHS funding would not be cut, but this promise has been broken. Instead the Conservatives transferred public health to councils, and then cut the funding to councils.”