Budget proposals for next financial year announced

Early budget proposals for 2021/22 presented to Leeds City Council’s executive board next week detail efforts to address a £119m deficit, but the tough decisions presented won’t be finalised until February. The funding gap for the next financial year was first reported to the board in September through a medium term financial plan. Thanks…

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National lockdown guidance and affected services

The Government has announced a new national lockdown with rules coming into force from Thursday November 5. For four weeks until Wednesday 2 December the Government is asking people to stay at home, except for specific purposes; not to gather with others they don’t live with, except for specific purposes and is closing some…

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Scheme to reduce congestion on M62 to begin next week

Drivers will benefit from reduced congestion on a busy West Yorkshire motorway as major work to improve two key junctions begins on the M62 next week. The roundabouts and slip roads at junction 27 for Gildersome will be upgraded as part of a two-phase scheme starting on Monday 23 July. The scheme – which…

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Statement regarding Carillion

Following media interest, Leeds City Council wishes to clarify that no final contract was given to Carillion in regards to the East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR). Tom Riordan, Leeds City Council Chief Executive said: “We are looking at the impact the news about Carillion will have on the council and wider city. We know…

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Council continues efficiencies to tackle budget gap

Ever-increasing demand for adult social care services has led Leeds City Council to again propose adding an extra 3% to council tax to help with the hugely burgeoning cost of care. The council is proposing a tightly-managed budget for 2018/19 aimed at maximising efficiencies while coping with reductions to funding in the face of…

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Council tax rise to fund growing adult social care pressures

Huge budget pressures have led Leeds City Council to again accept the government’s offer of adding 2% to council tax to contribute to the spiralling costs of caring for rising numbers of older people. A total council tax rise of 3.99% in Leeds for the coming year is proposed as the council deals with…

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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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Council budget savings challenges will mean tough decisions

Leeds City Council is facing further severe reductions in its funding over the next three years so challenging that it will have no choice but to make tough decisions that will impact on services. After six years of major cuts, financial planners are having to work increasingly hard to identify areas where savings can…

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Statement in response to publication of National Flood Resilience Review

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said: “Leeds is barely mentioned in this report which really does smack of the government not taking the risk here seriously. Storm Eva caused absolute devastation for residents and businesses in Leeds, with many still recovering. The people of Leeds need the new Secretary of State to…

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