New research from the housing charity Shelter has found there will be 135,000 homeless children this Christmas, including 810 in Yorkshire and the Humber. This is shameful. Rising homelessness is a direct result of decisions made by the Tories over the last ten years in Government: slashing investment in new low-cost homes, refusing to help private renters and making huge cuts to housing benefit and homelessness services. The Conservatives' manifesto makes clear they have no plan to tackle the crisis of rising homelessness. A Labour Government will end rough sleeping within five years and fix the root causes of rising homelessness with the biggest council and social housing programme since the 1960s, stronger rights for renters and extra funding for homelessness services.
Labour has pledged compensation packages for millions of women hit by state pension age rises imposed by the Tories. Pay-outs of up to £31,000 will be made, with an average payment of £15,000. The scheme will be delivered within Labour's first full five year term of government. Payments will go to women born in the 1950s who had their state pension age hiked. David Cameron's coalition government presided over a change in the law that increased the women's state pension age to 65 in November 2018 - followed by 66 in October 2020. Labour will introduce a compensation scheme as rapidly as possible for the 3.7million women hit by the changes, which Cameron's Tory-Lib Dem government imposed in 2011. It comes after Boris Johnson u-turned on his pledge to help those affected. He dismissed the concerns of a woman who has lost out on her pension, telling her it’s “not possible” to right the huge wrong she and so many others have suffered. The next Labour governme
Labour will boost ex-miners’ pensions and put right the historic injustice of the unfair distribution of bonuses in the mineworkers pension scheme. After the privatisation of British Coal in 1994 the Mineworkers Pension Scheme was structured 50/50 which meant any surplus would be shared 50/50 between the miners and the Government. Labour announced in the manifesto launched yesterday that it would rebalance the ratio of redistribution from 50/50 to 90/10 in favour of the mineworkers. The manifesto says: This is something I’ve fought for in shadow cabinet because it will make a big difference to ex-miners in our area, who currently get an average pension of just £84 a week. The closure of coal mines by the Thatcher government decimated communities like those in the Dearne and left many miners out of work and out of pocket. Along with many Labour coalfield MPs I’ve called on the Conservative Government to review the scheme, but we’ve been ignored. Labour will change the r