Leeds Council’s flagship extra care housing in Yeadon shortlisted for award

Last December the multi-million pound, extra care housing scheme, Wharfedale View in Yeadon, was completed. Last Friday it was officially opened by Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council. The development – a mix of apartments for rent, for sale with shared ownership – is a flagship scheme, a first of its kind. It … Continue reading Leeds Council’s flagship extra care housing in Yeadon shortlisted for award

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 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

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

Hospital to Home – Another pioneering Council scheme providing a lifeline for older people in Leeds

As we’ve reported before, Leeds Labour Council has been a pioneer in the sort of joined up thinking which links hospital care and social support. At the heart of this are the 37 council-funded Neighbourhood Networks. These have already proved their worth – keeping an estimated 1450 older people out of hospital last year, and … Continue reading Hospital to Home – Another pioneering Council scheme providing a lifeline for older people in Leeds

Labour Council aspires to make Leeds the UK’s most Age-friendly city

Did you know that Otley is a Dementia Friendly Community? Have you heard of the work of Leeds Neighbourhood Network Schemes - like OPAL - Older People's Action in the Locality - based at Holt Park? Both are among the reasons why Leeds has been officially included in the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Network … Continue reading Labour Council aspires to make Leeds the UK’s most Age-friendly city

Who is Looking after Older People: Leeds City Council – or the LibDem/Tory Coalition?

The Right and Wrong Sorts of Older People Lynton Crosby, the Tories’ highly paid campaign consultant and sometime lobbyist for tobacco giant Phillip Morris, has advised the Tories that the way to win the general election is by cosying up to the older generations i.e. the retired and soon to-be-retired voters. He calculates that not … Continue reading Who is Looking after Older People: Leeds City Council – or the LibDem/Tory Coalition?

Alex Sobel supports Leeds City Council’s ‘Ideas that Change Lives’ programme

This month will see the return of the Ideas that Change Lives grants programme, funded by Leeds City Council’s adult social care department and part of their Better Lives project. Ideas that Change Lives has now been in operation for three years. This year £90,000 is being made available to groups in Leeds. It may … Continue reading Alex Sobel supports Leeds City Council’s ‘Ideas that Change Lives’ programme