Leeds Community Foundation in partnership with Leeds City Council is launching Holiday Hunger Campaign to support healthy holidays for children across the city. Holiday Hunger is of increasing national concern and is a real problem for those who already rely on free school meals. In Leeds it has become an
Recent figures published by End Child Poverty have highlighted the problem of rising inequality in our community. Leeds Central is the 7th worst constituency in the country for child poverty, with 11,520 of our children estimated to be living below the poverty line. Greater demand for foodbanks in recent years
The Holbeck Food Bank, set up in spring 2013, has since then been able to meet the needs of so many living in Holbeck and Beeston. Founded by Mosaic Church and Holbeck Christian Fellowship, and run by volunteers, the food bank partners with referral agencies and local organisations such as
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
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.
It’s time to reflect on a busy week. After a quiet summer, I’ve been out every evening this week. On Wednesday I was at the Area Committee, which included a sobering discussion about welfare reform and high interest lending. Behind the modern jargon there’s a more straightforward word: poverty.
At last night’s Inner South Area Committee local Councillors discussed the impact of the government’s welfare reforms, the rise in high interest lending and the Council’s response to these issues. Earlier this week Leeds, along with other West Yorkshire Councils blocked access to Wonga and other payday loan companies
“To either cut down on beer, or the kids new gear, It’s a big decision in a town called Malice” So sang The Jam thirty years ago, last time I was signing on. A couple of weeks ago I overheard a guy in the queue at Beeston Co-op after a
Leeds Federated Housing Association, which has 4,000 homes across Leeds and Harrogate including about 1,000 in South Leeds, is taking part in a research project to explore the effects of welfare reform. The housing association is working with Ruth Patrick, a doctoral researcher in the School of Sociology and Social