There is a very important debate going on at the moment about Universal Credit and the outcome will affect a lot of people in our community. Universal Credit (UC) rolls six benefits – child tax credit, housing benefit, income support, JSA, ESA and working tax credit – into one monthly
Hilary Benn MP, visited Holbeck-based social enterprise, People Matters (Leeds) CIC recently, to find out about their new enterprise project Nourishing People, which trains people who live with a disadvantage and have little or no experience of work to manufacture and sell wholesome snacks. The project is set to expand
I don’t know about you, but one of my guilty pleasures is watching reality TV shows about our emergency services. The entry level drug was Motorway Cops. We all think we are really good drivers and are glad to see the Police stop the dangerous, irresponsible and illegal road users.
Hidden from view near the M621 Not many locals know or frequent the Holbeck Community Centre on Elland Road, unlike its grand neighbour Leeds United Football Club, the community centre sits on the edge of the motorway sandwiched between the old terraced housing. This modest community building provides a home
Belle Isle TMO New FREE service at BITMOs GATE every Tuesday! Talk Cash Smart is a chance for you to come and talk about any money worries you may have or a chance to come and get some confidential advice. The sessions are run by our lovely Financial Inclusion
7:40am, outside Leeds Medical Assessment Centre. Transcript: TS: I decided just before Christmas that I wanted to set up a demonstration against ATOS in Leeds so I put the idea out there on Facebook. A colleague of mine, Paul Kelly says, “Look, we’ve got something like 30,000 people saying
The growth of food banks has been really noticeable in the last few years. In our city there are now five open or about to start work, including one operating in South Leeds. Across Yorkshire and Humberside the number of people – adults and children – needing help from
A few months ago I was asked if I’d take part in a new initiative that was starting, The Leeds Poverty Truth Challenge. The Challenge itself will be formally launched next month, when people with direct experience of poverty will meet to tell their stories to the city’s leaders
I am seeing more and more people in my surgeries complaining about how they’ve been assessed by ATOS as to whether they are fit for work or not under the Employment Support Allowance. I’m talking about cases in which someone’s GP says they’re not fit to work while ATOS
South Leeds Life launches a new campaign this week as we do our bit to help people facing low wages, benefits cuts and high interest lenders. We don’t pretend to have a magic wand or even all the answers, but we know people who have some of the answers.