Funding – Spirit of the Community Awards for Voluntary Groups in Leeds

Yorkshire Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards will donate £75,000 to voluntary groups in Leeds in the spheres of education, employability and environment.  [05/02/2013  YEP]

For further details CLICK HERE

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Personalise your own Crime Map

Members of the public can now check the safety of their estate, village, or route to work by making their own personalised crime maps. [01/02/2013 Home Office]

For further information CLICK HERE

Concerns Government ‘Bedroom Tax’ may force families into flats

Hundreds of Leeds families could be forced to move into high rise flats. The warning comes following the Government’s controversial welfare reforms – dubbed Bedroom Tax – which may force tenants to downsize their homes. [04/02/2013 YEP]

For further information CLICK HERE

Consultation begins on how council housing should be run in Leeds

A consultation to decide how council housing should be run in Leeds started on Friday 1 February 2013.

Leeds City Council is looking at two new options for delivering housing management services, one being a move to a single company model, such as one ALMO, and the other being to transfer all services to be integrated within the council. [1.02.2013 Leeds City Council]

For further information CLICK HERE

Benefit Changes – Roadshow Events across the City

Leeds City Council are running a number of Roadshow events across the city which will explain how the Governments Benefit changes may affect residents across the city.

Later this year the Government is bringing in a number of changes which will affect the amount of benefit people get. The changes include:
Housing benefit – Nationally the amount of Housing Benefit paid to working age tenants who live in council or housing association properties will be reduced, where they have more bedrooms than the family needs under the regulations.
Benefit Cap – There will be a national cap on the amount of benefits a single person or family can receive. The cap is limited to £500 per family, and £350 for a single person.
Council Tax Benefit – The Government has reduced funding for local council tax benefit schemes and this means will see most working age customers receiving less support.
Universal Credit – Universal Credit will replace the following means tested benefits; Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Tax Credits. It will be paid as a single monthly payment of benefits and be paid in arrears.

Welfare reform roadshows will be held at:
Little London neighbourhood housing office – Monday 4 February (10am and 2pm)
Chapel Allerton Library – Wednesday 6 February (10am to 3pm)
Hawksworth children’s centre – Thursday 7 February (2pm to 4.30pm)
Wortley neighbourhood housing office – Monday 11 February (10am to 2pm)
Moor Allerton Library – Wednesday 13 February (10am to 4pm)
Kirkstall neighbourhood housing office – Monday 25 February (10am to 2pm)
Garforth One Stop Centre – Monday 4 March (9am to 3pm)
Rothwell One Stop Centre – Monday 11 March (9am to 3pm)
Bramley neighbourhood housing office – Monday 18 March (9am to 3pm)

In order to help everyone be as prepared for these as possible the council has arranged these roadshows where information and advice will be available from council benefits advisors on all aspects of the government’s changes to welfare provision. [01.02.2013 Leeds City Council]

For further information and any updates on new road shows please visit leeds.gov.uk/benefits.

West Leeds – Open spaces spruced up with cash injection

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As part of improving open green spaces in Leeds, three projects have just been awarded almost £400,000 to boost facilities and improve the areas for local communities.

Queen’s Park, Rodley Park, and a community garden in Woodhouse have been allocated funding to develop the areas through money that has come from housing developers as part of the open space improvement contributions they make on new developments.

Queen’s Park will receive an increase in its range of play facilities with the provision of two new play areas, one for toddlers and one for older children.  Along with this, a new multi-use games area will be installed with new wider pathways across the park and additional tree planting and park furniture will also be provided.  The project will cost just under £290,000 and will start on-site in the Spring.

Rodley Park will also undergo improvements this year including the removal and relaying of the pathways, new entrance gates to both entrances, drainage works, and the installation of new benches, picnic tables and bins.  As part of the £77,217 project, the bowling green will be removed and remodelled to blend into the park landscape with new planning and footways.

Works to create community gardens around Marlborough Towers in Woodhouse will also begin shortly as part of a project designed and co-ordinated by Groundwork Leeds.  Two concrete areas will be ripped up and replaced by community gardens, including orchards of fruit trees and bushes, new furniture and timber planters.  This project is funded by over £30k of developer contributions and with additional grant funding from the Groundwork Project Support Fund (£16k), GrantScape Caird Bardon Community Programme (£20k), West North West Homes Leeds (£20k) and Inner South Area Committee Well Being Fund (£6k). [23/01/2013 LCC]

CLICK HERE for further details.

Community Cash Grant Scheme of £100,000

The Red Nose Day Community Cash is a grant scheme in Leeds of £100,000 with grants ranging between £500 to £1,000 available to small organisations that are workWebsite - Red Nose Community Cashing to help local people living tough lives in the city.  [31/01/2013 YEP]

CLICK HERE for further details.