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This Sunday 17th of July,  from 1pm-5pm, Armley Leisure Centre is hosting West Leeds International Festival Day! Come and join in the events such as Mini-Olympics, the Football Tournament, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle and enjoy the international food festival and music from 1pm to 5pm. Including a BBQ at the Junktion Cafe from 5pm to 8pm.

This is a fun opportunity to bring communities together and encourage people to get involved.

To enter the Five-a-side Football tournament contact Kris Broughton at Armley Leisure Centre: kris.broughton@leeds.gov.uk.

For more information about the event please contact Stacey Booth on 07813541788.

International Festival Day in Armley - Sunday 17 July

This Sunday 17th of July,  from 1pm-5pm, Armley Leisure Centre is hosting West Leeds International Festival Day! Come and join in the events such as Mini-Olympics, the Football Tournament, Face Painting,...

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Join us at Bramley Library on Thursday 21 July at 6pm for a consultation regarding plans to extend use of the Library.

We are consulting on new plans that will see the restoration and preservation of your library. By turning Bramley Library into a Hub there will be major improvements in services for local people, a one stop service from the local council, a job shop and provision for registering Births and Deaths.

There will still be plenty of reading and bookshelf space, just a more organised and creative layout.

The new plans ensure that the historical integrity of the building is preserved – the floor and roof will be fully restored and additional original book shelves brought back into use.

So why not come along to the meeting and let us know what you think about the proposals?

 

Bramley Library Consultation Meeting

Join us at Bramley Library on Thursday 21 July at 6pm for a consultation regarding plans to extend use of the Library.

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12-4 pm on Saturday 6th August at Armley Town street, come along for a day of fun, food and drink!

The festival will include live music, street stalls and food. There will be demonstrations from the Royal Navy Activity Zone.

Teenagers with a special talent: get involved by joining us at our teenage talent zone and show it off! Get in touch to get involved, voluteer or book a stall at the festival at: alltogetherarmley@gmail.com

 

Armley Festival!

  12-4 pm on Saturday 6th August at Armley Town street, come along for a day of fun, food and drink!

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I was delighted to visit Armley mosque as part of Eid celebrations last week.

It is great to see that all the work that has been done extending the mosque, members of the mosque are working hard to complete the project.

Rachel celebrates Eid at Armley Mosque

I was delighted to visit Armley mosque as part of Eid celebrations last week.

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I was thrilled to attend the 36th annual Kirkstall Festival on Saturday and I had a lovely day browsing the stalls and listening to the music acts.

Despite the rain, there was a lively atmosphere and thousands still turned out to join the fun!

There were over 160 stalls, a battle of the bands, a tea dance and a comedy club. There was also storytelling and a giant colouring book created by the engineers at the University of Leeds for the children.

The festival followed a heroes and heroines theme to celebrate the incredible community spirit shown following the Boxing Day floods last year.

A big thanks to those volunteers who have dedicated countless hours to making sure the event was a success.

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Kirkstall Festival 2016

I was thrilled to attend the 36th annual Kirkstall Festival on Saturday and I had a lovely day browsing the stalls and listening to the music acts.

George Osborne has effectively abandoned the centrepiece of his economic strategy by ditching his promise to return government finances to a surplus by 2020. Below is a piece I wrote for Progress on the U-turn the Chancellor made on Friday and what he should do now. 

George Osborne is trying to clear the decks for the new Tory leader by getting the Government’s mistakes out of the way now. 

Yesterday he signalled that his great mission of delivering an overall budget surplus by 2020 was to be consigned to history less than a year after he had first promised it. He failed to deliver it in the last parliament - despite it being the cornerstone of the coalition agreement - and now we know the Tories will fail again. The Tories pledged to balance the books but Cameron and Osborne leave office with the national debt at an all time high, its fiscal rules in tatters and a recession looming. It is a record of failure and all our constituents will pay the price.

George Osborne has long ignored those economists and us in the a Labour Party who said his borrowing targets were a damaging obsession, and the mounting evidence that he was unlikely to meet them anyway.

But it should be no surprise that George Osborne has now, at this moment, been forced to admit defeat. The negative impact of the vote to leave the European Union on business investment, employment and growth will - as the Bank of England, IFS and IMF warned  - will of course feed through to the public finances.

 

Uncertainty about Britain's future relationship with our European neighbours and a very real fear that we won't be in the single market in just a couple of years time will weigh on investment and jobs now and for the years ahead. With businesses struggling to export or make a profit, and holding back on investment, recruitment and pay rises, we are bound to see falls in tax receipts as well as increased spending on unemployment or in-work benefits. Inevitably, the Treasury will have to borrow more than it planned to cover these gaps in revenue and extra expenditure, adding to the deficit and debt.

The real question is whether it is enough to simply rely on these "automatic stabilisers", paying out more in benefits as jobs and wages are cut, and borrow more as the ability of businesses and workers to contribute to tax revenues declines - or whether we should be taking more proactive fiscal measures to support and stimulate the economy alongside the monetary response that Bank of England Mark Carney has now promised. 

In 2008 and 2009, at the peak of the global financial crisis the Labour government increased spending, cut taxes and allowed the Bank of England to start quantitative easing. Now with interest rates on government bonds below one percent for the first time ever there is a strong case for bringing forward public investment - on transport, energy and other infrastructure investment. Given knocks to consumer confidence, reversing the ill-conceived and regressive cuts to universal credits would also help low income families who will be most hurt by a recession. And the government should also take action to help small businesses grow and create jobs and crucially help them become global exporters - crucial if we are ever going to bring down our huge current account deficit (the difference between what we export and import) at a time when our ability to trade within Europe is going to be thrown up in the air.

 These are some of the measures I argued for before the last Budget as part of a plan to build a stronger and more inclusive economy - now they are needed even more urgently to prevent a downward spiral that would hit small businesses, low paid workers and disadvantaged regions harder than anyone.

The Chancellor is right to scrap his targets - he should never have made them in the first place.  We need strong public finances but government must also respond to the economic realities and that reality now is an economic slowdown and possible recession. There is no doubt in my mind that we must be ready to do whatever it takes to prevent a shock and a downturn developing into a slump that could set back all our hopes for economic and social progress for a generation.

Defeat for George Osborne

George Osborne has effectively abandoned the centrepiece of his economic strategy by ditching his promise to return government finances to a surplus by 2020. Below is a piece I wrote...

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