THE new leader of the Green Party has visited York to discuss public-service cuts.

Natalie Bennett took part in a cycle tour of the city alongside Green councillors Andy D’Agorne and Dave Taylor, visited the Arclight homeless hostel, South Bank’s new 20mph zone and held a meeting with party members and supporters.

At a public talk at the University of York, Ms Bennett spoke about the Green Party’s opposition to Government-led privatisation, as well as education and welfare cuts, arguing that they are storing up trouble and betraying young people and future generations.

Speaking at Arclight, Ms Bennett said about her visit: “It has been absolutely lovely – we have been cycling around the streets of York, enjoying the cycle paths.”

She said: “I have been hearing about how the problem of homelessness has been growing. It’s very clear the benefit changes that have already happened could have huge impacts on the people who use this service.

“We have been talking about Green Party successes in terms of solar panels on council buildings and 20mph zones.”

The party said the government was “forcing City of York Council to cut support to some of the most vulnerable residents by 30 per cent, which will leave many families and residents unable to properly feed themselves”.

Coun Andy D’Agorne said: “Natalie’s visit gives us the opportunity to highlight the terrible impact that the Government’s severe cuts are starting to have on our public services and the fabric of our society.”

Ms Bennett was made Green Party leader in September, replacing Caroline Lucas.