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Rachel visited local business Torque Logistics earlier this week to get an insight into what they do and take questions from staff too.

Torque donated a van to Leeds West Foodbank last year and have a strong track record of supporting local community organisations.

Rachel said: "It was great to see how Torque operate first hand and speak to staff at the site in Wortley. I took some very interesting questions, and look forward to going back soon!"

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Visit to Torque

Rachel visited local business Torque Logistics earlier this week to get an insight into what they do and take questions from staff too. Torque donated a van to Leeds West...

Yesterday Rachel launched the Labour Party's Manifesto for Disabled People. She was joined at National Grid, who run a training programme for young people with disabilities, by Kate Green, Shadow Minister for Disabled People, David Blunkett and Emily Brothers, Labour's PPC for Sutton and Cheam. 

Marking the launch, Ed Miliband promised set out some of the commitments in the manifesto 

You can read the plan here: http://www.labour.org.uk/blog/entry/a-better-future-for-disabled-people 

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Here’s six things you need to know about how we’ll work to improve opportunities for Britain’s 12 million disabled people:

  1. We’ll expand opportunities for young disabled people. We’ll work with teacher-training providers to ensure teachers receive better training in working with disabled children or those with special educational needs. We’ll make sure our reforms to vocational education work for young disabled people, and that they have the same chances as non-disabled young people to go to university.

  2. We’ll integrate our health and social care systems to provide better support for independent living. Labour will invest in our NHS, with a fully funded plan for 8,000 more doctors, 20,000 more nurses, and 5,000 more home care workers. We’ll integrate our health and social care systems, and offer disabled people an entitlement to a personal care plan, the option of personal budgets where appropriate, and a single named person to integrate care. And we’ll make sure that local authorities have clear guidance about how to protect users of the Independent Living Fund.

  3. We’ll ensure the social security system treats disabled people with dignity and respect: we’ll overhaul the failing Work Capability Assessment, ensuring that disabled people have a say in how its run, imposing stricter penalties where those making decisions get them wrong, and guaranteeing that the tests will always be accessible. We’ll get a grip on delays in vital benefit payments, and we’ll abolish unfair targets for sanctions in Jobcentre Plus.

  4. We’ll give disabled people who want to work more support:the government’s failing Work Programme is letting down disabled people who want jobs, with just one in ten finding work. So we’ll replace it with a new specialist programme, commissioned jointly with local authorities. We’ll make sure that the vital support from Access to Work is widely publicised, working with disabled people to ensure that everyone who needs it can get the support they need to take up, stay in or progress in a job.

  5. We’ll help disabled people with the cost of living: thousands of disabled people have been hit by the cruel and unfair Bedroom Tax. Labour will abolish it. Disabled people often face extra costs to heat their home, so we’ll give them more support, freezing energy bills until 2017, and ensuring that bills can fall but cannot rise. We’ll help get bills down in the long term too, reforming the energy market and offering at least 200,000 free energy efficiency improvements a year to households in or at risk of fuel poverty.

  6. We’ll promote the participation of disabled people in public life. The worrying rise in disability hate crime in recent years is adding to a climate which makes it harder for disabled people to make their voices heard. Labour will introduce a new offence of disability hate crime, ensuring that abuse of disabled people is never tolerated. We want the voices of disabled people to be heard at the heart of government, so we’ll ensure that they are represented on the cross-government committee that develops disability policy.

A better future for disabled people

Yesterday Rachel launched the Labour Party's Manifesto for Disabled People. She was joined at National Grid, who run a training programme for young people with disabilities, by Kate Green, Shadow...

A group of local residents have joined together to organise a hustings meeting in Bramley. 

Taking place on Friday at 7pm, the hustings are your opportunity to ask those seeking to be your next MP any questions. 

You can sign up to the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1618436961711901/ 

The hustings will take place at 7pm at Fairfield Community Centre, Fairfield Terrace, Bramley. 

Doors will open at 6.30. 

You can ask questions in advance or at the event itself. 

 

 

Hustings

A group of local residents have joined together to organise a hustings meeting in Bramley.  Taking place on Friday at 7pm, the hustings are your opportunity to ask those seeking...

Today Ed Miliband launched Labour's manifesto for young people.

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We believe in a better future for our young people. Here are the five things you need to know about it: 

1. We’ll guarantee interns working more than four weeks are paid at least the minimum wage
Unpaid internships are increasingly making some of the most sought-after jobs out of reach for young people who can’t afford to work for nothing during long internships. This is not only unfair on those who do not have access to money from their parents, but is also damaging Britain itself because it is denying our country and our businesses the chance to benefit from the talents of all young people. That’s why we’ll guarantee that anyone who does interns for longer than four weeks will get paid the minimum wage.

2. We’ll cut tuition fees to £6,000 and increase grants by £400 from September 2016

The decision by the Tories and the Lib Dems to increase tuition fees to £9,000 means that the average student will now graduate with £44,000 of debt. And almost three quarters of students will never pay their loan back in full. To ease the burden of debt on our young people we’ll cut tuition fees to £6,000 a year from 2016.

3. We’ll guarantee an apprenticeship to every school-leaver who gets the grades

Our education and training systems currently only work for the 50% of young people who choose to go to university - while forgetting everyone else. We will guarantee an apprenticeship to every school leaver who gets the grades so that young people who don’t go to university can get the skills they need to get on.

4. We’ll strengthen the voice of young people by giving 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote

A Labour government will act to ensure every voice is heard in our democracy. We will widen the franchise so that 16-18 year olds will be given a say in all UK elections. We’ll also improve the curriculum for citizenship education so young people have the knowledge they need to play a full part in British society.

5. We’ll raise the National Minimum Wage to more than £8 by 2019 and end exploitative zero-hours contacts

The introduction of the National Minimum Wage is one of Labour’s proudest achievements – it abolished extreme low wages without leading to a loss of jobs. We’ll bring the minimum wage closer to average earnings by raising it to more than £8 an hour by October 2019. Labour will also ban exploitative zero-hours contracts so that if you work regular hours, you get a regular contract.

You can read the manifesto in full here: http://b.3cdn.net/labouruk/93d7ee30c6d511959e_ucm6bvhft.pdf 

A better future for young people

Today Ed Miliband launched Labour's manifesto for young people. We believe in a better future for our young people. Here are the five things you need to know about it: ...

Iain Duncan Smith this morning told Sky News that zero-hours contracts need to be renamed the 'flexible hours contract'. Responding to these comments, Rachel said: 

“Iain Duncan Smith’s comment shows again how completely out of touch David Cameron’s Tories are with the lives of working people. We don’t need to rename exploitative zero-hours contracts, we need to ban them.

“For too many people zero-hours contracts leave people without a regular income and not knowing from one day to the next how much work will be coming in. It’s insecurity dressed up as flexibility.

“David Cameron said he couldn’t live on a zero-hours contract but the Tories are happy for working people to be stuck in low paid zero-hour contract jobs.

“A Labour government will ban exploitative zero-hours contracts to give working people security at work.”

Watch his comments below. 

Zero Hours Contracts

Iain Duncan Smith this morning told Sky News that zero-hours contracts need to be renamed the 'flexible hours contract'. Responding to these comments, Rachel said:  “Iain Duncan Smith’s comment shows again...

It's not often that a marching band rolls through Bramley - but then again it's not often that a brilliant local charity turns 21! 

So when BARCA Leeds was celebrating today, Rachel joined and played the maracas. 
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The band rolled through Bramley - from the Fairfields, through the shopping centre, and ended up in Armley. 

If you want to find out more about what BARCA do, visit their website: www.barca-leeds.org or follow them on twitter: @BARCALeeds

BARCA Leeds 21st Birthday

It's not often that a marching band rolls through Bramley - but then again it's not often that a brilliant local charity turns 21!  So when BARCA Leeds was celebrating...

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