Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle and PPC for Elmet and Rothwell, Veronica King with David Richardson, a resident of Garforth whose home was flooded last year and Robert Richardson, the secretary of Garforth Flood Support Group.
This week marks a year since David Cameron told flood stricken communities that ‘money is no object’ in the relief effort. New figures revealed by Labour show that the Tory-led Government has failed to pay out millions in funds promised by David Cameron to flood victims.
David Cameron promised households and businesses with flood damaged property that they would be eligible for up to £5000 in grants for repairs.
Over 13,000 households and businesses were directly affected by the 2013/14 winter floods but a year later the Government has only paid out grants for repair work to 1680 households and businesses.
A year on from David Cameron’s pledge the Government have only paid out:
Less than one third of the £10m farming recovery fund for farmers affected by flooding
Just over half of the £6m of council tax rebates for flood-damaged properties
Less than a quarter of the £5m sport relief fund for damaged sporting facilities
Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle, joined Veronica King – Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Elmet & Rothwell – this week to visit the Garforth home of David Richardson, which was severely flooded last year, the third time he’s suffered a major flood. There she also met Robert Richardson, the secretary of Garforth Flood Support Group.
Maria Eagle MP, said:
“This time last year David Cameron promised that ‘money is no object’ for flood stricken communities and businesses, but the truth is that support has failed to reach many thousands still recovering from the damage caused by the winter floods. The Prime Minister has clearly gone from ‘money is no object’ to ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
"People like David in Garforth who we met this week deserve better – last August was the third time his home has been seriously flooded and he is still waiting to discover what the ramifications will be for his home insurance.
“David Cameron has also broken his promise to lead the ‘greenest Government ever’. It is clear flood protection is going backwards under this Tory-led Government because they’ve ignored the evidence on climate change. David Cameron has abandoned the last Labour government’s robust plans for reducing flood risk, slashed the budgets, crossed his fingers and hoped for the best. We know that Tory climate failure will put an extra 80,000 properties at risk from flooding in the next Parliament.
“The next Labour Government will make flood protection a top priority, introducing a new climate change adaptation programme and establishing an independent National Infrastructure Commission as part of our plan to protect homes and businesses from extreme weather caused by climate change.”
Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle and PPC for Elmet and Rothwell, Veronica King with David Richardson, a resident of Garforth whose home was flooded last year and Robert...
Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“I want to thank Linda for the huge contribution she’s made to parliament – for a decade she has tirelessly served her Halifax constituents. I know how proud she has been to represent the town in which she was born and has lived all her life.
“She has been a strong voice for Halifax people on workers’ rights, speaking out against the Tories’ hated Bedroom Tax, and most recently being a leading figure in the fight to protect local NHS services.
“The people of Halifax need a strong Labour voice standing up for them, and a Labour government building a better future for our young people, tackling the cost of living crisis and protecting our NHS.”
Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, said: “I want to thank Linda for the huge contribution she’s made to parliament – for a decade she has tirelessly served...
New research from Labour has exposed that the number of in-work households receiving housing benefit in Leeds has more than doubled since David Cameron became Prime Minister.
The research comes as Labour warns that five more years of Tory failure to tackle the issue of low pay will cost taypayers £9bn in additional social security payments.
David Cameron has presided over the largest fall in real terms wages since 1870 with people in Yorkshire on average £1,898 a year worse off now than they were in 2010.
The result has been more people having to call on extra help to make ends meet. In May 2010 just over 64,000 people claimed housing benefit and 6,759 of them were in work. But by August 2014, the number of employed claimants had more than doubled, up 104 per cent to 13,772 people, despite there being just an 11 per cent increase in the total number of people claiming housing benefit.
Leeds has seen one of the highest increases in the country.
Veronica King, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Elmet & Rothwell, said:
“David Cameron’s Tory-led government have presided over the steepest fall in living standards since the days of Charles Dickens, and these figures show it is people across Leeds who have paid the price for his economic failure.
“The Tories’ failure to make work pay and their failure to deliver their promises on deficit reduction are two sides of the same coin.
“The number of people earning less than a living wage nationally has rocketed from 3.4 million in 2009-10 to 4.9 million according to the latest figures. This is a major reason the Tory-led government’s lost control of social security spending.
“The choice we now face is clear the Tories’ low wage, low skill economy driving up benefit bills and undermining tax revenues or Labour’s plan: a plan to help businesses create and fill more productive, high skilled jobs. The Tories will leave us paying the bills of in-work poverty for years to come. Only Labour will make work pay.”
New research from Labour has exposed that the number of in-work households receiving housing benefit in Leeds has more than doubled since David Cameron became Prime Minister. The research comes...
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