Leeds Council Tax is rising – to plug part of yawning gap in Adult Social Care funding

Leeds City Council announced its budget plans last week. This includes a proposed 3.99% council tax rise. Given the current squeeze on incomes, that rise was proposed with the greatest reluctance – and was forced on the Council by continued central government cuts to the grant given to Leeds. 2% of the rise is specifically … Continue reading Leeds Council Tax is rising – to plug part of yawning gap in Adult Social Care funding

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‘After 6 years of continuous cuts to Leeds budget, something now has to give’ warns Judith Blake

Leeds City Council is facing yet more severe reductions in its funding over the next three years - so challenging that it will have no choice but to make tough decisions that will impact on services. After six years of major cuts, financial planners are having to work increasingly hard to identify areas where savings … Continue reading ‘After 6 years of continuous cuts to Leeds budget, something now has to give’ warns Judith Blake

April 16 – Join Leeds NW Labour Party on March for NHS + Otley gig supporting Junior Doctors

Leeds NW Labour Party is supporting two events backing the NHS tomorrow, Saturday 16 April. MARCH FOR THE NHS Yorkshire march for the NHS – assemble at Leeds Art Gallery for 11.30am Then in the evening there will be a benefit gig organized by Otley and Yeadon Labour Party in support of Junior Doctors [and … Continue reading April 16 – Join Leeds NW Labour Party on March for NHS + Otley gig supporting Junior Doctors

Leeds Council Leader, Judith Blake’s warning on Brexit: “It is our communities which would be hardest hit”

Yesterday Leeds' Judith Blake joined over 60 other Labour Council leaders to warn that Brexit would cause “a further funding black hole” in their budgets, which are already strained after six years of cuts to local government by the Tories.'It is our communities which would be hardest hit", they warned - “the disastrous economic effects … Continue reading Leeds Council Leader, Judith Blake’s warning on Brexit: “It is our communities which would be hardest hit”

Labour – protecting frontline Leeds policing with more bobbies on the beat, in spite of years of LibDem/Tory cuts

Only Labour will protect our public services. The Tories and Lib Dems when in Coalition have cut West Yorkshire Police’s budget by £140m since 2010 at the cost of over 2000 police officers and staff. But despite these deep and damaging cuts your Labour Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson working closely with Leeds Council … Continue reading Labour – protecting frontline Leeds policing with more bobbies on the beat, in spite of years of LibDem/Tory cuts

Roger Harington is Labour’s candidate for Weetwood ward in May 2016.

Roger Harington has been chosen as Labour’s candidate for Weetwood Ward in the Leeds City Council elections in May. Roger came to Leeds nearly 40 years ago to be Chaplain at Leeds University and lived on St. Anne’s Road in Weetwood Ward. It’s sometimes said that politicians these days lack hinterland. That’s certainly not true … Continue reading Roger Harington is Labour’s candidate for Weetwood ward in May 2016.

Leeds has been clobbered by Tory cuts: Judith Blake hits out at unfair, false economies

Well, the bad news is here. Leeds had anticipated more budget cuts from the Tory government – and we got them – and even more than we’d expected, Leeds is to receive approximately £35m less in core funding from the government - £10m worse than the expected figure. Coupled with lower yields from business rates, … Continue reading Leeds has been clobbered by Tory cuts: Judith Blake hits out at unfair, false economies

Labour’s pressure secures Tory concession on Leeds floods –the fight for proper defences continues

Last Wednesday Labour’s Rachel Reeves secured a debate in Parliament on the Leeds floods – and a concession from the Tories that the feasibility study into flooding in the city can go ahead. As we reported before, the Environment minister claimed there was no money in the kitty to fund that study. Thanks to concerted … Continue reading Labour’s pressure secures Tory concession on Leeds floods –the fight for proper defences continues

Tories make brutal cuts to Leeds budget – but Labour’s Judith Blake promises ‘to do everything possible to reduce the impact of these cuts on the people of Leeds’

Leeds faces yet another blow from the Tory government in recently announced cuts to its budget. As we’ve reported before, from 2010-2015, under the LibDem/Tory Coalition, Leeds saw its core government funding reduced by £180million – that means a drop of more than 40% in five years. Now, on top of that, the Tory government … Continue reading Tories make brutal cuts to Leeds budget – but Labour’s Judith Blake promises ‘to do everything possible to reduce the impact of these cuts on the people of Leeds’

New Homes that aren’t new, investment increase that’s a cut, and unaffordable homes: John Healey nails Osborne’s bluster

This morning, in advance of Osborne’s Autumn Statement, we posted on the housing situation in Leeds and Yorkshire. Our judgement then was that the policies so far adopted by the Tories and their previous Coalition partners had singularly failed to address the scale of the developing housing crisis. Our first impressions of the Chancellor’s statements … Continue reading New Homes that aren’t new, investment increase that’s a cut, and unaffordable homes: John Healey nails Osborne’s bluster