Cuts to legal aid ‘punishing the most vulnerable’ in society

A woman finally finds the strength to walk away from her abusive partner after being subjected to a seemingly endless cycle of violence, bullying, control and humiliation to seek justice – only to be told she doesn’t meet the criteria, writes Tracy Brabin MP. This is the brutal reality facing thousands of women throughout Britain…

Holiday childcare cost increase ‘locking parents out of workplace’

Many Batley and Spen parents will struggle to meet childcare costs over the summer holidays as the latest figures reveal holiday childcare is getting more expensive. Childcare is now costing parents across Yorkshire and Humber an average of £130 a week- a five per cent increase in a single year. The rise highlights the serious…

Batley headteacher joins Tracy Brabin MP to call for end to school cuts

A local headteacher has joined Tracy Brabin MP to call for an end to cuts that are ‘putting children’s futures at risk’ after it was revealed that schools in Batley and Spen will have lost almost £4.5 million in real terms funding by 2020. The startling figure, taken from the latest ’School Cuts’ data analysed…

Batley’s International Women’s Day festival hailed a huge success

Batley’s inaugural International Women’s Day festival was hailed a huge success as hundreds of people of all ages descended on the Older People’s Centre for a “truly humbling” day of workshops, inspiring speeches and fun. The event, envisaged to celebrate International Women’s Day and Vote 100, saw inspirational women keep the crowds entranced with their…