Monthly Archives: October 2013

Action needed on the Cost of Living Crisis

Working people are £1500 a year worse off under the Tory/LibDem Government
Working people are an average of almost £1,500 a year worse off under this Government. Almost a million young people are unemployed and Energy bills are up by almost £300 since 2010.  So what was David Cameron and George Osborne’s response? A tax cut for people earning over £150,000.

Ed Miliband has announced Labour’s plan to tackle the cost of living crisis, which includes, for example: freezing gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017; cutting taxes for 24 million working people by introducing a lower 10p starting rate of tax; reducing VAT, expanding free childcare for 3 & 4 year olds to 25 hours a week for working parents; building 200,000 homes a year by 2020 and many other initiatives.

Labour’s plans to tackle the cost of living for people on low and average incomes received unexpected support this week with the Institute for Economic Affairs publishing a report which says that Labour’s policy to cut VAT would deliver the most benefit to the poorest in society.

Alwoodley resident John Hales discussing the cost of living crisis with Keith White and Fabian Hamilton

Alwoodley resident John Hales discussing the cost of living crisis with Keith White and Fabian Hamilton

Alwoodley resident John Hales talking to Labour candidate Keith White and Fabian Hamilton MP about the problems hard working families face said: “It’s very hard to make ends
meet now with big increases in our power bills and things generally getting so expensive. May people in Alwoodley really do need help.”

For details of Labours plan to tackle the cost of living crisis visit Labour here.

Action on crime priorities for Alwoodley

Keith White Labour’s Alwoodley Candidate for the 2014 Council elections has welcomed Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson’s new initiative to help reduce burglaries and help local people who are burgled.

This new initiative involves:

  • ensuring full house to house enquiries are conducted close to a burgled house so that people are aware that a burglary has taken place and any evidence available is gathered;
  • making sure the victim knows what action has been taken and the police are there to prevent any repeat or other offences locally; and
  • offering crime prevention advice to local residents including a home security assessment to make properties more secure.

Keith comments “For Alwoodley preventing, reducing, and detecting burglaries is a local policing priority and recent information shows burglaries in our area reducing by 18%. This new initiative will make a difference and help to reduce crime further in our community.”

Labour is also campaigning to keep more of the proceeds of crime seized by the police local so they can be used to support measures to tackle and reduce crime further. Currently the Treasury takes half and only half is kept here in West Yorkshire.  Labour is campaigning to keep all that money here working to make your area safer. You can sign the petition here.