Column for Morley Observer & Advertiser

Christmas is coming! The lights have been switched on, the X-Factor final is here, festive meals and shopping are being planned. But for thousands of local families money is tight this year and they’re cutting back on essentials as well as Christmas treats.

The cost of living has rocketed over the last couple of years, from fuel and petrol to increased insurance and food prices. On top of all of that, wage constraints have meant many people aren’t seeing their salaries going up either. 

I’ve been asking local people about the impact the rising cost of living is having on them and their family budgets. 86% have told me there’ll probably be spending less this Christmas. A local couple told me, “our children are both married with young families and they are finding rising costs difficult to manage.” Another local man wrote, “We don’t use the car very often and with food I try to buy cheaper brands if I can. But the heating is the biggest increase for us. I try hard to cut down on it.”

This week, as the Morley Observer & Advertiser goes to print, I’ll take some of the things people have told me to the House of Commons. I want to see fair action so people get more help. There should be a temporary VAT cut to put money back into people’s pockets. Motorists deserve a break with the planned fuel duty rise in January cancelled until at least until April. And the £3 billion tax cut for millionaires that’s due to come in on the same day taxes go up for pensioners should be scrapped.

It’s not right that some of the wealthiest are getting help while everyone else is struggling. I will continue to bang the drum for more help and a fair system for working families and pensioners. Anyone else who wants to send me their views should complete the cost of living survey here.


Right here in Morley you can now trace family histories going back generations. On Friday it was a real treat to get a glimpse inside the West Yorkshire Archives new Morley home on Nepshaw Lane South.

There are thousands of documents in the archive going back hundreds of years. As well as facilities to trace your family history, there are loads of amazing historical records. It was amazing to see some of the first drawings of Morley Town Hall, complete with the plans for the beautiful clock tower.

Things have moved on a long way from the days of dusty books on library shelves. Nowadays it’s very high tech and pristine. The amazing new shelving has been installed is extremely impressive and will protect our local history and heritage for generations to come. It’s well worth a visit. Don’t forget to make an appointment (tel: 0113 393 9788) if you want to look for something specific.

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Posted December 5th, 2012 by Ed