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

Leeds Council job losses held to 800 – in spite of continuing savage Government cuts.

This week has seen Leeds City Council announce its budgetary plans. We’ll be covering aspects of this in more posts. The context for everything is the continued vicious squeeze on Council budgets by Central Government – beginning back under the LibDem/Tory Coalition in 2010, and continuing ever since. 50% of central government funding has already … Continue reading Leeds Council job losses held to 800 – in spite of continuing savage Government cuts.

Leeds ‪Council Leader Judith Blake: We’ll keep pushing for mass transit scheme for Leeds‬

Over the last couple of days there have been major announcements about the immediate future of transport in Leeds - £270 million investment over the next four years - including £180 million investment in bus travel - and new rail plans – which will involve a Park and Ride station on the Leeds/Harrogate line to … Continue reading Leeds ‪Council Leader Judith Blake: We’ll keep pushing for mass transit scheme for Leeds‬

Leeds Leader Judith Blake gives first reaction to Autumn Statement

The initial verdict of Councillor Judith Blake, the Leader of Leeds City Council, on the autumn statement. “The Autumn Statement does not go nearly far enough in addressing some of the UK’s basic inequalities and there was very little, if any, mention of much-needed support for council services in Leeds. “We need decisive action nationally … Continue reading Leeds Leader Judith Blake gives first reaction to Autumn Statement

‘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

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”

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

Judith Blake, Labour Leader of Leeds City Council, comments on flooding in the city

In the wake of flooding in Leeds, Councillor Judith Blake, Labour leader of the council, issued this statement on Sunday. “This weekend Leeds has been hit by devastating flooding unprecedented in its severity. Our thoughts and the focus of all our efforts are rightly on working with all agencies in the city to help those … Continue reading Judith Blake, Labour Leader of Leeds City Council, comments on flooding in the city

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’