Last week the Equality Trust released a report which highlighted the growing gap between rich and poor in our society. Within days, Oxfam had issued its own statement – a ‘Tale of Two Britains’. It highlighted the fact that the wealth of the 5 richest UK families is not greater than that of the 12 … Continue reading Social exclusion is growing: Leeds Labour Council joins with other key cities in pledge to tackle it
Winter is a cruel time for those living close to the edge – an increasingly larger section of our local communities. Direct effects of winter weather include an increase in heart attacks, strokes, respiratory diseases, influenza, falls and injuries and hypothermia. This is why people with underlying health problems, the elderly and frail, are at … Continue reading Two Christmas presents for the old and vulnerable in Leeds NW – courtesy of Leeds City Council.
There was a very important vote in Parliament last week. On 4 December Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North [Labour] put down an amendment to the Coalition’s Energy Bill. The amendment called for clear and unambiguous targets to end fuel poverty. The amendment had the full backing of the ‘End Fuel Poverty Coalition’ - an … Continue reading Leeds NW MP Greg Mulholland voted down amendment to end Fuel Poverty – which had been supported by Age UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Save the Children, WI. . . . .
Background: In September 2013, Ed Miliband told the country that when he becomes prime Minister in 2015 he will freeze domestic fuel prices for twenty months and use that time to reconfigure the energy supply system for the benefit of the country as a whole and not the Big-6 suppliers. Since then a national debate … Continue reading Fuel Poverty: it’s action we need, not gerrymandering statistics
390 people in Leeds lost their lives as a result of the cold weather last winter. This is just one figure from the shocking set which the Office of National Statistics (ONS) released last week. They revealed that there were 31,000 excess deaths in England and Wales last winter. These figures confirm a rise of … Continue reading 390 excess deaths in Leeds last winter: Leeds Labour Council aims to ‘Wrap-up Leeds’