Leeds Labour Council set to secure deal for Headingley Carnegie Stadium redevelopment

Thanks to the efforts of Leeds Labour-led Council investment has been found to redevelop Headingley Carnegie Stadium. The Council has brokered an agreement which will provide the funds that are required. The stadium is home to Leeds Rhinos rugby league team and Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union club, as well as main home ground of Yorkshire … Continue reading Leeds Labour Council set to secure deal for Headingley Carnegie Stadium redevelopment

Leeds Labour Council Leader Judith Blake seeks answers from PM: on Social Care funding, and Surrey’s ‘arrangements’

The Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA Prime Minister, We are writing regarding funding arrangements for Conservative-run Surrey County Council. Specifically, the alleged reason behind David Hodge’s decision to drop a planned referendum on increasing council tax by 15 per cent to cover the severe shortfalls in social care, after apparently holding ‘several … Continue reading Leeds Labour Council Leader Judith Blake seeks answers from PM: on Social Care funding, and Surrey’s ‘arrangements’

1% on Leeds Council tax to fund adult social care needs only ‘temporary fix’, as Judith Blake keeps pressure on government

The government has failed to tackle the crisis in funding of adult social care centrally. Instead, it has passed the cost on to hard-pressed councils – whose own funding squeeze was at the heart of problems around social care in the first place! In these circumstances, a proposal is on the table to increase Leeds … Continue reading 1% on Leeds Council tax to fund adult social care needs only ‘temporary fix’, as Judith Blake keeps pressure on government

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

Gold, Bronze – and Leeds Pet Champions are National Innovators: Council wins three times over in RSPCA awards

Leeds Labour Council has won three of the RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprint awards. First the Council won Gold in the Housing category, and its Dog Warden service and Resilience and Emergencies Team won bronze in the Contingency category. And it’s now been announced that Housing Leeds has also won one of the prestigious Innovator … Continue reading Gold, Bronze – and Leeds Pet Champions are National Innovators: Council wins three times over in RSPCA awards

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

Golden Acre Park – safe in Leeds Labour’s hands,under threat from Tory cuts

Remember George Osborne? Remember the Tories’ Housing Bill earlier this year? Remember the threat to Council assets it contained – to libraries, parks. . . ? Labour’s John Healey warned about the likely consequences of George’s plans to plug the holes he’d made in the public purse back then. And we duly passed on his … Continue reading Golden Acre Park – safe in Leeds Labour’s hands,under threat from Tory cuts

14,000 more Leeds people in deprivation since 2010 – James Lewis on austerity’s impact on Leeds

The meeting of Leeds City Council on Wednesday of this week was much concerned with the impact of austerity on our city – a policy espoused by the LibDem/Tory Coalition, a policy still pursued by the current Tory government. It’s a policy which has condemned 14,000 more people in our great city to a life … Continue reading 14,000 more Leeds people in deprivation since 2010 – James Lewis on austerity’s impact on Leeds