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A publication jointly produced by NHS Leeds and Leeds City Council | Winter 2011/12 | |

Leeds Citizens’ Panel: be part of it HAVE you got something to say? Get involved in the new Leeds Citizen’s Panel. With lots of things changing, the city council and NHS Leeds understand people are keen to influence local decisions and bring about the right changes at a difficult time for communities and services. That’s why a new Citizen’s Panel is being set up in Leeds, another way for thousands of Leeds people, aged 18 or over, to have their say on local issues. As part of the Panel, you’ll complete regular surveys or be invited to meet and talk about local issues. These will cover what it’s like where you live; services by the council, NHS, police and fire, and what can be improved. You’ll have the chance to have your views heard by local decision makers, find out about new plans and ideas for Leeds and your local area, and take part in ways that suit you best. We all make better decisions when we work together. If you can spare a couple of hours per year, we’d love to hear from you. For more information see the back page of the NHS section of About Leeds or visit citizenspanel. You can contact us via email on or call 0113 247 4610. Look out for us on Twitter – #leedscitizenspanel n For an illustration of how your views count, please complete our vital survey on page 8. Doing it online will save on postage costs, compared to postal replies.

Ambitious vision we can believe in WE WANT Leeds to be the best city in the UK. It’s a massive challenge, but one Leeds is determined to meet head on. To do this we have a new longterm plan, The Vision for Leeds 2011 to 2030. We urge everyone in the city to get behind The Vision. Only a col-

lective effort can improve life for local people. Five areas will be at the heart of the Vision: children, living, health and wellbeing, communities and business. Improving these will ensure Leeds is fair, open and welcoming with successful, prosperous and sustainable communities.

Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council, said: “We are setting ourselves a massive challenge – to be the best city in the country. “Not the richest, or the biggest, but the best for all who live and work in Leeds – our children, our communities and our businesses. A place where everyone can enjoy

Denise set to cast her spell…

a good quality of life.” The Vision follows extensive, city-wide consultation involving residents, school children, third sector organisations and businesses. The consultation found your top priorities were good quality public transport, a greener city, new job opportunities, a sense of community spirit, safety, culture and entertainment. Leeds has big challenges ahead. With population growth, cuts in public spending the effects of climate change all to plan for, we need to have concrete plans in place. To become the best city requires a collective effort. We want to see all people, businesses and organisations get behind the Vision. Alongside the long-term Vision, a City Priority Plan is also being published. This plan sets out the key outcomes and priorities to be delivered by the council, and its partners, over the next four years. It will help the city address short-term challenges resulting from the reduced public funding between now and 2015. For more information on Vision for Leeds 2011 to 2030 visit


Singing and acting star Denise Nolan is the headline act for Christmas panto Beauty and the Beast, which runs from 2 December to 7 January 2012. Denise plays Witch Hazel. Find out more on page 5.

BEST CITY… FOR BUSINESS: work on Trinity Leeds is gathering pace for a 2013 opening. For more on business in Leeds see page 7

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Youth Hub is versatile base for young people the site of the old Merlyn Rees high school in Belle Isle. For more information, visit, sign up to the mailing list via or call 0113 336 7773. South Leeds Youth Hub is owned by Leeds City Council and paid for by the Big Lottery Fund, as part of the Myplace programme. It is a youth service project working in partnership with Health for All Leeds, 4Children, NHS Leeds, Land Securities, and Hunslet Boys and Girls Club. LANDMARK: youth hub is a great addition to south Leeds THE South Leeds Youth Hub is an exciting base for young people. It features a mechanics workshop, hair and beauty salon and state of the art recording studio, among its seven zones. Recent highlights include the events, Glee Club at the Hub in August and a summer sizzler gala. South Leeds Youth Hub is on

Christmas holidays DON’T forget. Schools close for the Christmas holidays on 16 December, returning on Tuesday 3 January 2012. Term and holiday dates are available from now until 2013. Spring mid-term sees schools close on 10 February 2012, re-opening on 20 February. Easter, meanwhile, finds the end of term bell ringing on 30 March, remaining closed until Monday 16 April. Schools shut for a bank holiday on 7 May, before a mid-term break running 4-8 June while the summer term ends on 23 July.

HOLIDAYS: schools close on 16 December

This newspaper is published for the residents of Leeds. It is available in Braille, large print or audio tape. To contact the newspaper regards a council matter contact newspaper@leeds., 0113 224 3298 or About Leeds, Communications team, 4th Floor West, Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR. For more on the council visit leedscc


SHOWTIME: children perform Glee Club at the Hub

Good progress for children’s services SERVICES for vulnerable and at risk children in Leeds have made significant progress, and are good in many areas. That’s the finding in the latest Ofsted inspection report into safeguarding services for child and young people in the city. The inspection in early September looked at services provided by Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police, and NHS Leeds. The report found that keeping children safe, also known as safeguarding, was the highest priority for all the partners involved and that there was a strong commitment that safeguarding was ‘everyone’s business’. Inspectors noted that cases referred to children’s social care are dealt with quickly, interventions are done promptly to keep children safe, and that the voices and views of children and young people are heard and responded to.

ETHOS: the child’s voice is in everything we do. Picture posed by model

Nigel Richardson, director of children’s services, said: “Our staff have worked extremely hard in challenging circumstances to implement improvements to keep children and young people

in Leeds safe from the risk of serious harm. We are very proud at what has been achieved since the last inspection, but we know that there is still a long way to go”. Among other positive com-

ments, the inspectors agreed that the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board is much improved and that the independent chair has worked hard to ensure that all agencies are working together effectively on safeguarding issues. Some areas for development were also highlighted, with the inspectors noting that there is good capacity to improve. n Leeds needs more people to become governors. All over Leeds people like you are helping to run schools. You don’t need any particular expertise or special qualifications, as full training is given. You just need interest, enthusiasm and be able to commit about eight hours per term. For more information contact 0113 247 5560 or education.governors, or visit www. – selecting ‘school governors’ under the a-z search.

Children benefit from health and well-being plans CHILDREN in Leeds will benefit from a project to improve emotional well-being and mental health. Targeted Mental Health in Schools offers individual counselling and group work for children dealing with issues like

anxiety or bereavement. The TaMHS project also intervenes earlier, tackles problems faster and works collaboratively. A three-year pilot project in south and east Leeds, funded by the Department for Education,

revealed up to 92 per cent of referred pupils improved, thanks to specialist, cost effective mental health services which were easier to access. Eighty-nine per cent of schools also scored outstanding or good for care, guidance and support in

Ofsted inspections. The city council, NHS Leeds and the Schools Forum is providing £610,000 for ten clusters of schools, alongside money from the schools themselves.

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Day services are set to be transformed

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FOR YOU: Dean, pictured right, was supported by St Gemma’s palliative care officers prior to his death

Support for people trying to cope with life-limiting illness

LOVING IT: Alan attends the Hillside service base in Beeston two days per week

DAY services for adults with learning disabilities in Leeds are being transformed. People will be empowered to get involved in everyday activities in the community – as services will be personalised to an individual’s own needs. This modernising strategy has been developed in close consultation with customers and their families. It was, at first, successfully introduced for previous customers at Moor End Day Centre in south Leeds, which is now closed. Here, adults now receive services from the voluntary sector, with support from the council’s

adult social care staff, at three bases locally. Feedback from the 86 Moor End customers and carers is very positive. They all have individual support and now access a wider range of activities – including arts and crafts, keep fit, cookery, social and employment skills. Alan, pictured, attended Moor End Day Centre for many years. “I’m loving it all,” Alan said, adding he wished to tell people in other centres ‘how good the changes have been’. At the time of writing, the council is now starting to run this

programme across the city – allowing resources tied up in buildings to be redirected into a more personalised service. The programme will see the Fulfilling Lives centres at Horsforth, West Ardsley and Rothwell East close, to be replaced by smaller bases and services in existing community facilities. The centres at Bramley and Rothwell West will be refurbished to accommodate people with complex support needs. In Wetherby, discussions were held to find a suitable alternative to the previous arrangements. You can contact adult social care on 0113 222 4401.

Let Leeds Directory be your guide LEEDS Directory is the easy way to find over 1,500 reliable, flexible services helping people live independently in their home. These include cleaning, decorating, gardening, meal services, handyperson and more.

All services in the home and garden are checked and vetted. For help call 0113 391 8333 or visit Leeds Directory is managed by Care and Repair Leeds, with funding from the city council.

ARE you or is someone you care for trying to cope with a life limiting illness? If you need support the specialist palliative care services are here to help. The community team at St Gemma’s Hospice care for many people in Leeds. Their support is invaluable for both those who are cared for and the individual’s family. It is so often important for the person needing care to stay at home and carry on living their family life as best they can. Community nurses help to give the support and courage to do this. You can find out more

about accessing palliative care services by talking to your GP, district nurse or hospital team. Palliative care can be given alongside other treatments for weeks, months or years. Visit www. for more information and advice. It details the care available from a hospice and how you can be supported in your own home or at hospital. Families say the website is ‘easy to follow, simple to use, comprehensive’ and that ‘it is good to have – if there is something you have forgotten to ask you can look up the information on the website’.

Helping to rediscover lost independence PEOPLE needing extra help to recover their independence can now get specialist support – thanks to Leeds’ new reablement service. Reablement helps enable people to regain the ability to do day-to-day activities after illness, injury or a hospital stay. It offers intensive support, tailored services and confidence-building, along with equipment such as telecare alarms and sensors. The service has grown to help people in the community

and those discharged from Leeds Teaching Hospitals. The service is working – 65 per cent of people who complete a reablement programme don’t need care once the programme has ended. Of those, 83 per cent are still fully independent three months later. Over the coming months, the reablement service will get bigger as it helps more people. You can contact the service on socialcarechanges@leeds. or 0113 247 8580.

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Olympics countries opt for Leeds in their bids for glory LEEDS is gearing up for the London Olympics 2012 in a big way. A host of countries have chosen Leeds as their base – including sporting superpower China and the Netherlands, among others. China’s decision to use Leeds as its official European preGames training base is a major international achievement for the region. They topped the medal table in 2008, claiming 51 golds among a haul of 100 medals. Approximately 300 athletes, coaches and support staff from China will use a number of venues, including both universities and the John Charles Centre for Sport. The initial direct financial benefit from hosting the China team is expected to be a minimum of £250,000, alongside a major longterm boost to trade, commerce, tourism and cultural ties. Swimmers from the Netherlands team have trained at the Aquatics Centre at the John Charles Centre for Sport. Olympic gold medallist Ranomi Kromowidjojo said: “The visit has been wonderful and, actually, everything in Leeds is absolutely right for us.”

TRI-UMPHANT: Jonathan (left) and Alistair Brownlee

GOLDEN WONDER: Ranomi Kromowidjojo

Leeds-based GB athletes gearing up for possible inclusion in the Games include the Brownlee brothers, plus Nicola Adams and Hannah Cockcroft. Alistair Brownlee became world champion for the second time in China recently. Younger brother Jonathan claimed second place in the final standings. Launching 20 December, Leeds Gold is an essential guide to what’s happening in Leeds in relation to the Olympics. Visit or, for further afield, Leeds also welcomes the Olympic Torch from 24-25 June. Earlier this year, our Open

Weekend attracted huge crowds to Briggate And Dortmund Square. n Leeds is also preparing for the Paralympic Games. Disabled children enjoyed the Leeds Disability Sports Camp earlier this year. More events are being planned for 2012. You can contact the disability sports development officer on 0113 395 0159 or ross.bibby@ n The annual Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10K, meanwhile, is set for 8 July 2012 from The Headrow. The charities’ fundraiser costs £20.12 for a limited time. For more visit www.runforall. com.

Technology to help people feel safe TELECARE uses simple technology to help older people, or those with disabilities, feel safer in their own homes. Help is arranged when equipment sensors detect danger, activating alerts to Leeds Response Centre. The service brings peace of mind to people with relatives prone to falls, confusion, memory impairment and other difficulties. Telecare equipment detects smoke, floods, falls and epilepsy. There are also bed and door sensors, plus bogus caller buttons. Each one is discreetly placed on household appliances, doors or walls, or worn by the wearer. Arrangements can include contacting a relative, the emergency services or simply the service user – to remind them an appliance has been left on. Such a comprehensive range, shows telecare brings peace of mind to many. Like Mary – a diabetic who used to forget to take her insulin, causing

PEACE OF MIND: Mary knows she can rely on telecare

a great deal of anxiety. Mary couldn’t clean her house, was unsteady on her feet and fell over frequently. She had to stop cooking through fear of leaving the gas on. A pill organiser was arranged by an occupational therapist. Now Mary remembers her medication. Smoke and gas detectors were fitted in Mary’s house, while she can also use a pendant alarm. Her family are far more confident about Mary cooking again, and feel reassured that if she falls, the pendant alarm gets help quickly.

“I feel a lot more confident and independent,” Mary said. “If it weren’t for this support I’d still be sat down on the settee, not doing anything – or I’d have had to go into a home.” For more information on telecare call the council’s adult social care team on 0113 222 4401 or visit, typing ‘telecare’ under the a-z search. n A new one stop centre for independent living opens in April 2012. It will bring many assistive technology services under one roof – including Leeds Community Equipment Service, Care Ring, telecare and blue badge assessments. In time, it’s expected more services will be added to the centre, based at 81 Clarence Road, Clarence Dock. For more information on the upcoming one stop centre for independent living contact or 0113 247 8580.

PLANET LEEDS: a Speak to the Streets dancer in action at an Open Weekend event

White ribbon campaign seeks to tackle violence UP TO 1,000 trees across Leeds are to be wrapped in white ribbon as part of an international campaign to end violence against women. The city-wide art project encourages support from men and businesses, who will pledge they will not commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. The main event is in Park Square on 25 November, midway through this newspaper’s distribution. Leeds was the first city in England to achieve White Ribbon City status in November 2010. The campaign recognises that most men are not violent towards women. For more visit www. You can contact the council’s domestic violence team on 0113 395 2140 or

FIRST FOR CITY: Chris Green, executive director of the White Ribbon Campaign, with the white ribbon plaque

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Beauty and beasts in fun-filled festive panto KIRKGATE: where late is great

Evening treats in Kirkgate KIRKGATE Market has a lot to offer over Christmas. Each Thursday Kirkgate is open late, until 8pm, with the market offering entertainment, mince pies and hot punch. Santa’s Grotto, meanwhile, runs from 17 November to Christmas Eve, open Mondays to Saturdays noon-5pm, except 8pm on Thursdays. Children who post letters to our special Santa’s post box will get a reply. Last posting date is 15 December – include your name, address and a second class stamp. Making a first appearance is the Christmas Vintage Market on 11 December, while the Christmas farmers and crafts event takes place at Kirkgate on 18 December, following an appearance in Briggate on 4 December. The Morrocan Market of Handicraft is at the open market from 23-26 November, which happens while About Leeds is being distributed. Kirkgate Market will be dressed in 4km of festive bunting, alongside Christmas trees and our annual bestdressed stall competition. Santa’s Grotto can be found at Kirkgate’s 1976 Market Hall in unit eight, row A. For more information on Kirkgate visit www. Aside from Christmas events, Kirkgate Market presents The Source, helping you discover more of the diverse, quality foods on offer. The food demonstration area features chefs and traders, among others, and allows you to taste or cook exotic, economical and ecological food. It’s also a first stop for information about food and the traders. The Source is run by local food marketing business Shelf Life. For more visit

THERE’S a lot to see and do in Leeds over the festive period. Among the many highlights is this year’s Christmas pantomime at The Carriageworks off Millennium Square. Singing and acting star Denise Nolan is the headline act for Beauty and the Beast, which runs from 2 December to 7 January 2012. Denise plays Witch Hazel and is no stranger to pantomime, having played Snow White 15 times. “I’m so excited to be returning to Leeds. I first visited the city

when I played in Blood Brothers and I fell in love with Yorkshire,” Denise said. CBBC favourite Jez Edwards returns to The Carriageworks as Pierre, while Abigail Welford is Beauty, Ben Palmer as the Count of Christi Monto and Madam Fifi is played by Paul Leno. Beauty and the Beast is produced by Paul Holman Associates and follows last year’s record-breaker, Cinderella. For the box office, call 0113 224 3801 or visit www.

YOU BEAUTIES: cast members include Denise Nolan, Jez Edwards, Ben Palmer, Abigail Welford and Paul Leno

FASTER SANTA: the St Gemma’s fundraiser is back in December

Get ready for seasonal sparkle in Leeds EXPERIENCE the magic of Christmas with Leeds Museums and Galleries. Our nine attractions have a full programme of fun festive events for all the family. There’s a Victorian-style of celebration at Temple Newsam, with traditional Christmas crafts, carol singing and concerts. Father Christmas is at Abbey House Museum on 4, 11 and 18 December, 10am-3pm. The Messy Monkeys Christmas parties are on 2 and 9 December, from 2pm, and 16 December, from 10.15am and 2pm. Carols take place in Kirkstall Abbey’s atmospheric setting on 18 December, from 2.30pm. Lotherton Hall has a family day on 17 December, 1-3pm, while their Edwardian Christmas trail runs until 16 December. At the Discovery Centre and City Museum, you can jour-

ney across the world, learning about different festive celebrations. For those looking for inspiration regards Christmas gifts – whether making or buying – we’d recommend a visit to Leeds Art Gallery, Thwaite Mills, Temple Newsam, Abbey House and Leeds Industrial Museum. For more information on Christmas celebrations visit www.leeds.g eums andgalleries. Dates and times correct at time of writing – please check with venue closer to the day. Christkindelmarkt, one of the largest and most established German Christmas markets in the UK has returned to Leeds this year. Open in Millennium Square daily, its sparkling scenic winter village boasts stalls offering seasonal gifts, decorations, handcrafted toys and jewellery.

There’s also a festive funfair, including a Christmas carousel, and the Frankfurter-Scheune centrepiece serves up specialist food, real German bier and music at night regularly. Christkindelmarkt runs until 18 December. Leeds Santa Dash, in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice, takes place on 11 December from 10am. Participants run one mile dressed as Santa – St Gemma’s provide the suits, including a hat, beard and belt. All you need to do is raise as much sponsorship as you can for the local hospice. St Gemma’s running costs are a huge £22,000 daily. Children under-12 are free to enter and are encouraged to wear festive fancy dress. Visit or email francines@st-gemma. to enter.

AWARD: parks

Parks pride THERE’S lots to enjoy in Leeds’ parks, with seven earning the prestigious Green Flag award. Golden Acre Park, Kirkstall Abbey, Lotherton Hall Estate, Pudsey Park, Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam Estate and Otley Chevin have all maintained their positions on the national list of excellence this year. Such success highlights Leeds’ reputation for being one of the greenest cities in the UK.

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Tips to help you fight the cold this winter

STAY WARM: help is at hand from a number of groups

YOUR main living room’s temperature should be 18-21ºC, with the rest of your house at least 16ºC. Set your heating to come on only when needed. No central heating? If you’re a homeowner or private tenant, and you suffer from a cold related medical condition, or receive pension credit or income related

benefit, you may get help towards the installation of central heating. Contact the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512012. Homeowners and private tenants can get free or subsidised cavity wall and loft insulation. Again, contact the Energy Saving Trust. Meanwhile, if you were born on or before 5 January 1951, but aren’t

receiving a state pension or other benefits, you may need to claim winter fuel payment. To do this contact the Winter Fuel Payment Helpline on 0845 915 1515. Energy companies can help if you’re struggling with fuel bills or debt. Contact them direct for a ‘Warm Home Discount’ or other assistance.

Waste site features its own shop Your bins over the holidays

BROLLY GOOD: Diane Parrish, Helen Collins and Ali Ward of Revive Leeds

THE East Leeds household waste site is now open for residents and businesses. The city’s largest and most sophisticated recycling centre will benefit the environment significantly. It offers better access and more recycling containers for a wider range of materials. Small and medium-sized businesses, meanwhile, can recycle or dispose of waste at a reasonable cost. Another highlight is a re-use

shop selling low cost, good quality household items. On offer is furniture, electrical goods, clothes, books, bric-a-brac and other household items. The re-use shop is the first of its kind in Leeds and is run by Revive – a community interest group made up of the Emmaus, SLATE and St Jude’s charities. Ali Ward of Revive Leeds said: “The three charities involved are all local, which means all money raised stays locally to help people

in this area.” With the opening of East Leeds in Limewood Road, Seacroft, the smaller Gamblethorpe household waste site has closed. The council’s environmental services can be contacted on 0113 222 4406. For more information on recycling visit We aim to recycle more than half of all the city’s waste by 2020.

Report tracks environmental progress CHECK the council’s environmental progress in our updated, eco annual report. It shows we’re reducing emissions by dealing with waste, recycling, pollution, air quality, transport, flooding, biodiversity and how the city is built. For more, visit www.leeds., searching ‘environmental statement’. Major new developments in Leeds, meanwhile, are expected to reach the highest environmental standards. Building for tomorrow today is a new supplementary planning document. It gives developers

practical guidance to make sure new construction projects produce less emissions, tackle climate change, and minimise their environmental impact. Read the document at www. – searching ‘building for tomorrow today’ – or buy it via 0113 247 8000.

RECYCLING and waste collection dates change between 19 December and 8 January. Usual..........................Revised Mon 19 Dec..........Sun 18 Dec Tue 20 Dec.......... Mon 19 Dec Wed 21 Dec......... Tue 20 Dec Thu 22 Dec..........Wed 21 Dec Fri 23 Dec............. Thu 22 Dec Sat 24 Dec............. Fri 23 Dec Mon 26 Dec...........Sat 24 Dec Tue 27 Dec..........Wed 28 Dec Wed 28 Dec......... Thu 29 Dec Thu 29 Dec............. Fri 30 Dec Fri 30 Dec..............Sat 31 Dec Sat 31 Dec.............Mon 2 Jan Mon 2 Jan............... Tue 3 Jan Tue 3 Jan............... Wed 4 Jan Wed 4 Jan...............Thu 5 Jan Thu 5 Jan..................Fri 6 Jan Fri 6 Jan.................. Sat 7 Jan Sat 7 Jan................ Sun 8 Jan For more visit www.leeds.

PROPOSED BUILDING: has an eye-catching, greenhouse-style

Winning bid will save cash VEOLIA ES Aurora Ltd is the company councillors will be recommended to choose as the preferred bidder for the Leeds residual waste project. The facility could recycle more of the city’s rubbish and burn the rest so hardly any goes to landfill – saving Leeds £200million over 25 years. Veolia want to build at the former wholesale markets site at Pontefract Lane, Cross Green. Around three acres to the rear could be set aside for other development, separating the facility from nearby estates. For more visit www.leeds.

Communal recycling takes off COMMUNAL recycling is being rolled out in Leeds – with our most recent example also being our biggest. Since October, Holtdale now has 23 communal recycling sites estate-wide. This follows a consultation with residents. To give feedback on this, email leeds.waste@leeds. Meanwhile, household waste site opening hours have been extended. In winter the sites are open 8am-4pm, while in summer they operate 8am to 6pm. For a nearest site visit From 30 November, the brown bin service will be suspended, starting again from 5 March 2012. If you have garden waste, you can dispose of it at a household waste site. For bin days visit www.

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Common sense rules to make sure you don’t lose your mobile phone THOUSANDS of mobile phones and other valuables are reported lost or stolen by those having a night out in the city. This can be expensive and may mean you have lost all your personal contacts, photos and messages. Operation Dancefloor is a police campaign to cut bag and phone theft in Leeds.

Make sure you always fasten bags and pockets securely; never leave valuables unattended and don’t show expensive items to possible thieves. Other measures include securing your phone with a PIN code so others can’t use it; insuring your phone and credit cards; downloading contacts and photos so they are stored on a

computer and keeping money separate from other valuables. The chance of becoming a victim of crime in Leeds city centre is rare. If you see anything suspicious contact a police officer or the nearest member of door staff. For more information visit dancefloor.

SWITCHED ON: take simple steps to protect your valuables Photograph by TGKW

Employers get the help they need

CAMPAIGN: the city region is bidding to bring a high-speed rail link to Leeds

COMING SOON: work is well under way at Trinity Leeds Photograph by Trinity Leeds

AIRE Valley Leeds Enterprise Zone is set to be a catalyst for boosting the regional economy.

‘HS2’, which will cut the journey time from Leeds to London to just 80 minutes. Visitors to www.yorkshire can find out how this will support the creation of new jobs and encourage companies to locate and invest in the Leeds City Region. They can also sign up to support the national Yes to High Speed Rail campaign. The idea of a retail academy in the city, meanwhile, is being developed. It looks to build a business-led centre of excellence for a sector that is a major contributor to the Leeds economy – which will be boosted by new retail developments such as Trinity and Eastgate. The city council is committed to providing people with the skills they need to find employment. In July, the rate of claimants of jobs seekers allowance in Leeds was 4.2 per cent – above the national average claimant rate of 3.7 per cent. The council is working with the private sector on a range of projects to create opportunities, particularly for the young.

Enterprise zone set to boost Leeds’ economy The zone will extend employment land in the Aire Valley – bringing an expected £550million economic boost to the wider area and creating over 9,500 new jobs by 2025. In the immediate term it’s expected the zone will be open for business from April 2012, offering financial incentives for companies setting up there in the following three years. Together with developments such as Trinity Leeds shopping scheme and Leeds Arena, the enterprise zone shows how the city continues to push forward creating new jobs for residents. “By reinvesting the proceeds of the enterprise zone in city region priorities we will ensure all our communities benefit from this exciting new initiative,” said Neil McLean, chair of Leeds City Region. In July, the government announced its support for the Aire Valley Leeds Enterprise Zone. Leeds City Council has spent a lot of time and money getting

the conditions right for such developments. We will continue to work with the government and businesses to make it a success. The zone comprises of 142 hectares of land close to the A1(M) and M621 motorways, straddling the East Leeds Link road running through to the city centre. For more information on the enterprise zone visit www.aire

Other issues to boost the regional economy include a campaign to bring high-speed rail to Leeds and the development of a retail academy in the city. Yorkshire stands to reap over £2bn in economic benefits from the proposed national network of 200mph-plus trains, known as

MAJOR: the retail sector is crucial to the city’s economy

A NEW service offers a single point of contact in helping Leeds’ employers. Employment Leeds gives help to proprietors looking to expand, invest or develop in Leeds. The service, which launched in January, has – by the end of September – supported 131 employers, resulting in over 100 local residents securing work. Employment Leeds benefits businesses of all sizes and sectors, working with the companies at any stage of the process – whether it’s an initial enquiry on land, buildings or recruitment, through to the development of the workforce. It can also help on taking on a first employee, apprenticeship opportunities, recruiting and retaining staff, highlighting additional support and linking to a strong, established network of partners in Leeds. Proprietors have praised the service as being flexible and a great time-saver. “It is a very personalised service, which allows us to be specific in what type of candidates we require,” said Ram Nijjar of Freshways. Adam Walsh, of BE Fuel Cards, added: “We are very happy with the guys we have taken on and are looking to grow our team in the future.” For more information visit employmentleeds. Employment Leeds is run by Leeds City Council and partners, with nearly £700,000 of financial support from the European Regional Development Fund, which is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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LAST autumn Leeds’ residents gave their priorities for the council’s budget in the ‘Spending Challenge’. We faced hard budget decisions to save £150m over four years and nearly 2500 of you took part, helping the budget reflect your priorities, protecting

frontline services and the most vulnerable people in Leeds. This information, and the ‘What if Leeds…’ consultation about the city’s vision, still guides us one year on as we budget for 2012/13. And this summer children and young people told us their priorities for the future.

YOU SAID, WE DID These are your top Spending Challenge priorities, and a few of the actions we are taking:

Tackle the worst anti-social behaviour first

We are working in local teams with partners like the Police to tackle anti-social behaviour faster, and keep victims better informed on progress.

Encourage people to recycle and throw less away

We have extended recycling and garden waste collections and checking landfill waste helped increase the amount recycled to 40%.

Help people stay in their own homes for as long as possible

We have given more money for ‘community care placement packages’. Overall we’ve put £16m more into adult social care using money saved elsewhere.

Bring services together and make better use of buildings

We are running two new joint service centres, with health and council services together, and reducing the number of buildings we use overall.

Work to get local jobs for local people

We are setting up an ‘enterprise zone’ in the Aire Valley to boost the economy, and have encouraged 160+ employers to pledge apprenticeships.


Residents choose priorities to get us all through tough times

One year on: have your say on the council’s budget priorities

Have your say There are two chances to have your say before the budget is finalised on 22 February 2012: 1. Are the Spending Challenge priorities still the right ones? Have your say now below or at; 2. On December 14 we’ll publish the initial budget proposals on www. and put copies in council buildings for you to comment on Is it still a key priority? Tackle the worst anti-social behaviour first

n Yes

n No

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Encourage people to recycle and throw less away Help people stay in their own homes for as long as possible Bring services together and make better use of buildings Work to get local jobs for local people

n Yes

n No

n Don’t know

n Yes

n No

n Don’t know

n Yes

n No

n Don’t know

n Yes

n No

n Don’t know

Is there a different priority you think is key for the 2012/13 budget? Please tell us here

Do you have any other ideas on how the council could save money? Please tell us here

About you

People also gave their own ideas on ways the council can save money, including:

Council should put on fewer free events and entertainment

We have introduced charges for a few events to help keep a wide variety of cultural events in Leeds.

Reduce staffing levels to save money

We have reduced the size of the council’s workforce by around 1,500 people.

We’re asking you the following questions so we can understand different communities’ views. The information will be kept confidential and used only by Leeds City Council. A. Are you: Male n Female n B. What is your date of birth (dd/mm/yy)........................................... C. Which option best describes your ethnic background? n White or White British n Black or Black British n Asian or Asian British n Mixed Race n Any other ethnic background (please write in).............................................................. D. Do you have any long-term illness, health problem or disability that limits your daily activities? Yes n No n E. What is the first part of your postcode? E.g. LS13........................ Please send this completed questionnaire to: Freepost Plus RSCS-ZTJU-CLXH, Spending Challenge, Leeds City Council, Merrion House, 110 Merrion Centre, Merrion Way, Leeds LS2 8ET by December 7, 2011. You don’t need a stamp.

Contacting Leeds City Council Detailed information on all our services can be found at our website, If the service you require is not listed, please call our general enquiries number on 0113 222 4444. The council has many one stop centres. Contact them on general.enquiries@

Adult Social Care Antisocial Behaviour Children and Young People’s Social Care Council Housing (for registration and bids) Council Tax and Benefits Customer Relations Electoral Services Environmental Services Highways Housing Options (for homelessness advice) Planning Registrars (for births, deaths, marriages) Minicom (for all services)

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Housing repairs and tenant enquiries: Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation (repairs) 0800 389 5503 (office hours) 0113 376 0499 (out of hours) Belle Isle TMO (general) 0113 214 1833 East North East Homes Leeds 0800 915 1600 Aire Valley Homes Leeds 0800 915 6660 West North West Homes Leeds 0800 915 1113 Emergencies outside of opening hours: Highways, street lights, signage and building repairs 0113 376 0499 Noise problems 0113 242 5841 Adult Social Care and Emergency Accommodation 0113 240 9536

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