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Budget 2015 – “This does not match our ambitions”

Leeds – On the devolution deal for the Leeds City Region announced today, Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said: “This does not match our ambitions for the people of Leeds and the city region.  We were promised by the Deputy Prime Minister that there would be no strings attached in relation to governance models so we are disappointed by the lack of devolution on transport and housing investment powers. Additionally, given that our Devolved Youth Contract is getting eight out of 10 young people into work compared…

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Kirklees Council moves one step closer to introducing the Living Wage

Kirklees – Kirklees Council cabinet have agreed to refer a report introducing the living wage to a full council meeting in March before taking it to Personnel Committee for final agreement.  The Budget Council last week agreed to put aside funding to implement the change. The living wage, which would pay £7.88 per hour will mean a wage increase for the just over 2,000 people working in the council. Cabinet agreed that the council will continue to monitor the impact of introducing the living wage both in terms of benefits…

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