Leeds City Council Leader reacts to Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said: “The Autumn Statement does not go nearly far enough in addressing some of the UK’s basic inequalities and there was very little, if any, mention of much-needed support for council services in Leeds. “We need decisive action nationally to address rapidly escalating demand for social…

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Leeds men urged to make a pledge against violence against women

Men across Leeds are being encouraged to pledge their support for a campaign to end violence against women. As part of the international 16 Days of Action and White Ribbon campaigns Leeds City Council has set itself the challenge of encouraging at least 1000 men across the city to show their support and pledge…

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Santa flies in to check out city’s Christmas market

Santa Claus paid a special visit to Millennium Square’s German Christmas Market today. Father Christmas flew in from the North Pole to check out the venue for his brand new breakfast event, which will take place at the attraction for the very first time this year. The Santa’s Breakfast experience for children and families will be…

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New Fixed Penalty Notice to target fly-tippers

Fly-tippers face being hit with an on-the-spot fine as part of a new policy introduced by Leeds City Council this month. Utilising the powers contained in new government legislation which came into force during 2016 to provide an additional and quicker way of taking action against those found to have dumped their waste illegally,…

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Incredible Leeds Christmas lights switch-on gets city’s festive season underway

Thousands of people gathered on Victoria Gardens in Leeds this evening for the city’s dazzling annual lights switch-on. Leeds-born triathletes Ali and Jonny Brownlee and Paralympian Kadeena Cox were the special guests of honour with musical performances from girl band Stooshe and X Factor contestant James Wilson. Also entertaining the crowd were Cbeebies stars Andy Day and Alex Winters, panto favourite…

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Voting is underway for the new Leeds Children’s Mayor

Twelve Leeds school children who are taking their first steps into politics are now campaigning hard to win votes to become the new Leeds Children’s Mayor. Voting is now under way in this year’s competition, which saw an amazing 36 Leeds primary schools submitting their best manifestos. Year six pupils from across the city…

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Pupils get a scoot on to Scoot to School

Children from seven Leeds schools battled it out to become the city’s best scooting stars as part of a challenge to promote the popular Scoot to School initiative launched by Leeds City Council last year. The pupils competed at Colton Primary School to win fantastic new scooter storage for their school, using their scooting…

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Victoria Gate opens its doors to a big Leeds welcome

Leeds is getting set to welcome a spectacular new shopping experience to the city this week as the impressive Victoria Gate throws open its doors to the public on Thursday (Oct 20). People are being advised by Leeds City Council to plan their journeys carefully on the day to take into account the large…

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Stanningley Bypass improvement work starting this week

Work to put in place a new crossover point on Stanningley Bypass is to begin this week. The work, which will start at 8pm on Friday 21 October and run until Sunday 30 October, will create a new crossover within the central reserve near the Owlcotes slip road to allow future road maintenance to…

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Kippax pupils put their best foot forward for car free day

Pupils from Kippax North Junior School have been taking part in a day full of activities to promote sustainable travel and road safety. Parents were encouraged to leave the car at home and either walk, scoot or cycle to school. Those who travelled by a sustainable mode of transport were then treated to a…

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Council response to homeless protest ending

A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said: “Our priority is assisting people who need accommodation and support on a daily basis. This was available throughout the protest and would have been provided to anyone that needed it regardless of the protest, making tent city unnecessary. “It takes significant commitment and resources to work with people…

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Tens of thousands flock to phenomenal Light Night 2016

More than 60,000 people flocked to the city centre to be a part of this year’s incredible Light Night Leeds festival. Held over two nights for the first time on October 6 and 7, the unique celebration was the city’s biggest ever, and saw iconic local landmarks and venues illuminated by more than 50 spectacular…

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