The government claimed that Universal Credit (UC) would be a ‘fairer and simpler system’ for claimants. But as it continues to be rolled out, more problems come to the fore, and early indications suggest that the move towards UC ‘full service’ across the country will lead to even greater disparities in claimants’ experience. These disparities are likely to be felt particularly harshly by Gypsies and Travellers – yet there’s a paucity of information about them. We already know from the EHRC’s analysis of tax and welfare reforms since 2010, which looked at tax changes, benefits, tax credits and UC, that those on lower incomes are being hit the hardest. But what the EHRC research doesn’t look at is the differential impact on smaller marginalised groups. The survey data which underpins its analysis (the Family Resources Survey and the Living Costs and Food Survey) condenses ‘England/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British, Irish, … [Read more...] about Is Universal Credit ‘Fairer And Simpler’ For Gypsies And Travellers?
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Leeds Library in pictures 0 Have your say This year marks the 250th Anniversary of The Leeds Library, which will be celebrated throughout the year with a full programme of exhibitions, displays, talks, writing and performances, showing the rich history of this library over the past two and half centuries. But what do we know of it’s past?The early days of The Leeds LibraryFounded in 1768 after an advertisement was placed in the Leeds Intelligencer, which is now actually the Yorkshire Post, The Leeds Library is the oldest surviving subscription library of its type in the UK.A subscription library, also known as a membership library, is a library that is financed by private funds either from membership fees or endowments. Access is often restricted to members, but access rights can also be given to non-members.The first secretary of The Leeds Library was Joseph Priestley, an 18th-century theologian, philosopher, chemist, and innovative grammarian, who produced over … [Read more...] about Looking back on the 250-year history of The Leeds Library
0 Have your say Check out today’s YEP letters Your tributes to ‘Gentleman’ Jimmy ArmfieldFormer Leeds United manager Jimmy Armfield - who took Leeds United to a European Cup final - died on Monday at the age of 82 following a long battle with cancer. YEP readers have been leaving their tributes to ‘Gentleman Jim’ on social media and here’s what some of them said..Daniel BrillA wonderfully talented, kind, genuine man, a superb commentator and as a Leeds fan, if he had stayed at Elland Road for five years or so more, perhaps he would have rebuilt the Revie team without all the ups and (many more) downs we have experienced over the last 40 years.Michael Michaelson Took over at a really difficult time, but steadied the ship in his own meticulous and professional style. Took us to the European Cup Final and had we not been cheated would have become a legend in the city. RIP to a man of integrity and decency.John Colville RIP Mr Armfield. You were … [Read more...] about YEP Letters: January 24
0 Have your say A new voucher scheme has been launched by the Lord Mayor to help support street beggars in the city. The ‘Give Me Some Credit’ scheme by St George’s Crypt allows members of the public to buy books of five vouchers for £5 to hand out to those in need instead of giving money. The money raised funds free services at the crypt. Project manager Andrew Ormond said: “We all feel guilty when we pass someone sitting on the street. “The vouchers signpost to our services so the public can give with confidence.” Lord Mayor, Coun Jane Dowson, praised the vouchers, calling them “a lifeline.”The voucher books are available at libraries, the Civic Hall and the Crypt’s cafes, shops and main centre. Visit www.stgeorgescrypt.org.uk … [Read more...] about ‘Give these vouchers instead of money to Leeds homeless’
0 Have your say It’s been quite a year for pianist and Britain’s Got Talent winner Tokio Myers. He spoke to Duncan Seaman. Tokio Myers isn’t joking when he says the past 12 months have been “beyond anything” he could ever have imagined.Some £250,000 in prize money for winning Britain’s Got Talent, a debut album which went straight into the top five, selling more than 60,000 copies in the process, plus an appearance at the Royal Variety Show cemented his reputation as one of 2017’s biggest breakthrough artists.Such success, he says, has been “especially” gratifying for an instrumentalist. “I don’t rap or sing,” the 33-year-old pianist from north London notes. “I don’t think this is something I could have ever dreamt or planned for, so just to find myself here, with a top five album, is beyond anything.”He believes his album Our Generation could be a “game-changer” thanks … [Read more...] about Music interview – Tokio Myers: ‘To find myself with a top five album is beyond anything’