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
It’s been calculated that over £32 million will be lost to Leeds Schools by 2020 under the government’s School Funding proposals – that’s 860 teachers and an average of £314 per pupil. Unless the Government allocates additional money, schools and academies are set to lose huge amounts in real terms cuts — rising to £3 … Continue reading Leeds NW and Horsforth Labour campaign against cuts to local schools
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 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
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
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
Yesterday John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, spoke at the London School of Economics – to a packed audience. His speech was a major statement of Labour’s economic direction – and aspirations. He stressed that ‘Labour is interested in how we earn money, not just how to spend it.’ And the watchwords of Labour’s new economics … Continue reading Labour is interested in how we earn money not just how to spend it – John McDonnell maps Labour’s 21st-century answers.
On Feb 8 news was going the rounds that a Tory rebellion was on the cards over the local government financial settlement – i.e. the latest round of savage cuts. Enough Tories were threatening to vote against; the slim Government majority was in peril. Then, as if by magic, from the back of the political … Continue reading A ‘political bung’, a Tory ‘slush fund’ : Leeds suffers again from unfair Tory local government settlement.
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.
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