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 launched a Youth Manifesto with a commitment to votes for 16-17 year olds and an additional £1 billion investment in youth services. The Tories, and their previous coalition partners, the Lib Dems, have made life harder for young people. With surging housing prices, stagnating wages, rising student debt, escalating knife crime and a mental health crisis – these are just some of the challenging facing young people after a decade of austerity. The climate emergency has also created great uncertainty for young people, but the Conservatives have failed to take meaningful action to address the crisis. In Labour’s Youth Manifesto we have pledged to tackle intergenerational inequality and deliver real change for young people. The manifesto outlines radical steps to ensure that every young person has the support they need to fulfil their potential and feel secure in their future. Labour has announced an additional £1 billion in annual revenue expenditure for youth ser
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