New service launches to support Leeds’ most vulnerable women

A new service has launched in Leeds which will support some of the city’s most vulnerable women into long-term accommodation. The ‘Somewhere Safe to Live’ project is being delivered by Leeds City Council in partnership with Together Women. The project will support homeless women in Leeds to access high quality, secure and safe ‘move-on’…

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Leeds propels pioneering initiative improving nightlife safety

Licensing Security and Vulnerability Initiative – Licensing SAVI is our confidential self-assessment tool designed to help the owners and operators of licensed premises provide a safe and secure environment for their managers, staff, customers and local communities. The city of Leeds, which has one of the largest evening and night-time economies in the UK,…

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Homecare workers in Leeds set for Real Living Wage pay increase

Workers in Leeds carrying out essential services in the city are to be given a wage increase as part of Leeds City Council’s ongoing commitment to pay the Real Living Wage. Proposals to increase minimum pay for council officers as well as homecare providers commissioned by the council to the Real Living Wage of…

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Leeds City Council’s executive board to discuss refreshed strategy on tackling crime and keeping communities safe

Members of Leeds City Council’s executive board will discuss a refreshed version of the ‘Safer Leeds’ partnership strategy next week in its ongoing commitment to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime and protect communities. Over the past three years, the council has worked with a range of partners including West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire…

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Leeds City Council secures future of Kirkstall nature reserve

Leeds City Council has agreed to purchase the Redcote Lane site in Kirkstall from National Grid for £1. The 32-acre site, which was part of a former power station, is currently used as a nature reserve by The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Nicola Slater, portfolio manager for National Grid said: “National Grid has a nationwide…

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New powers to tackle street drinking in Armley approved

New powers banning street drinking in Armley town centre and its immediate surrounding areas have been given the go-ahead this month. Secured by Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police at Leeds Magistrates Court, the ‘Partial Closure Order’ forms part of a wide range of work being undertaken in the Armley community to tackle…

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Council housing project claims top regional green award

An innovative green Leeds City Council housing scheme has scooped a top regional award. As part of the Northern Housing Awards 2021, the council fought off tough competition from a shortlist which included other local authorities and leading organisations in the housing sector to claim the ‘best carbon reduction scheme/innovation’ prize. This follows the…

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Thousands of Leeds tenants to enjoy cheaper energy bills as council appoints contractor to deliver £24m heating upgrades

Leeds City Council has confirmed plans to connect 26 tower blocks to cheaper, greener heating after appointing a contractor to deliver the work by 2024. The £24m upgrades mean thousands of residents can expect cheaper and more reliable heating as well as warmer and healthier homes. A number of council-owned tower blocks in Armley, Gipton,…

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Leeds Libraries and the British Library join forces to support small businesses across the city

Leeds Libraries, part of Leeds City Council, has partnered with the British Library to deliver Reset. Reset Restart, a six-month programme to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) transform, future-proof and grow their business through the Covid-19 pandemic. Reset Restart is open to all UK business owners and offers practical, jargon-free training and advice through a…

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Additional PSPO powers introduced to tackle anti-social behaviour in communities across Leeds set to continue

Additional powers introduced in October 2017 to tackle anti-social behaviour and associated issues in designated communities across Leeds will remain in place following a review. Also given the go-head by Leeds City Council alongside the existing 13 Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) is a new PSPO specifically covering the area of Swillington. A PSPO…

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