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Equalities assembly

We are committed to giving you the best possible service at all times. We want to know your views on how we provide our services and we want to work with you to improve the way we deliver them.

The Equalities Assembly has been set up to ensure we involve all our diverse communities.

The Equalities Assembly is a forum, made up of Equality Hubs, which helps ensure Leeds City Council is engaging with and involving the full range of citizens that live in Leeds in the decisions it makes. It offers all equality groups the opportunity to meet and work together to let the council know the issues that affect them.

On this page you will find minutes from previous Hub meetings and information about upcoming events. To view any minutes please use the Documents section.

LGB&T Hub meetings

Leeds City Council is committed to the aims of Making Leeds an LGB T* friendly city, in representing the diversity of the communities and providing equity in our service provisions.

The LGB&T* Hub group meets quarterly, in a function room of the Cosmopolitan Hotel on Lower Briggate.

Future meeting dates are:

  • 28 February 2017
  • 23 May 2017
  • 15 August 2017
  • 28 November 2017

Arrival for refreshments from 5pm, with the meeting time 5.30pm until 7.30pm. Please RSVP to LeedsLGBT@Leeds.gov.uk.

This Hub group is supported by a large number of private and 3rd sector organisations within the city, along with a number of key individuals who share the goals of making Leeds an LGB&T* friendly city.

A sample of projects currently under development within this Hub include: Sports inclusion, LGB&T* BME, Leeds 2023, Hate Crime, Domestic Violence, bullying, housing services, mental health alongside various awareness dates and campaigns.

Notes from previous meetings are available in the Documents section.

For further information or to register for the mailing list please email LeedsLGBT@Leeds.gov.uk.

Disability Hub Minutes, September 2016

The last Disability Hub met on 8 September 2016. The meeting focused on body worn cameras that are being introduced to the Police Force. There was also a presentation from Care and Repair about the Leeds Directory. The minutes from the meeting (PDF 234kb) can be downloaded from the Documents section. The next Disability Hub meeting is taking place on Wednesday 22 February 2017, 10am-1pm at Mencap Leeds, Vinery Terrace, LS9 9LU. If you would like to attend, please call 0113 378 5992 or email equalityteam@leeds.gov.uk.

Children and Families Act 2014

Please see in the Documents section details of the new Children and Families Act 2014, which gives some information about the changes to services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Hub Representative’s Network Meeting

The last Hub Representatives Network Meeting was held on 15 December 2016. The minutes from the meeting and accompanying reports are in the Documents section of this page.

Equalities Assembly Conference 2016

The Equalities Assembly is one of the ways that the council consults and engages with Leeds’ citizens. There are 7 Equality Hubs Age; BME; Carers: Disability; LGB T*; Religion or Belief; and Women.

Every year, we hold the Equalities Assembly Conference at the Civic Hall and it’s chaired by James Rogers. This year’s conference is taking place on Wednesday 2 November, 10am-1pm in the Banqueting Hall at Civic Hall. The format of the day will include a council progress update from James, a brief presentation from Cllr Rafique, and updates from the equality hubs about the projects they have been involved with over the last 12 months. The main focus is the round table discussions, which gives you the opportunity to have your say on a particular issue. This year, we’d like to focus on the cohesion aspect of the council’s “Strong communities benefitting from a strong city” Breakthrough Project.

The aim is for us to all find out more about the activities going on in Leeds that promote cohesion and brings communities together. We also want to know about the “gaps”, such as where communities are not coming together, why they aren’t doing so, and what can we do to reverse this. Your feedback will contribute towards our cohesion plans.

If you would like to attend the conference, please contact Celine Bickerdike on celine.bickerdike2@leeds.gov.uk or telephone her on 0113 247 8944. Please make your booking by Friday 7 October 2016.

Becoming a member of the Equalities Assembly

If you would like to become a member of the Equalities Assembly or for more information about it please contact us by text: 07891 270162 or use the Contact us form on this page to email us.

You may also like to see our A-Z directory of health and social care services for adults in Leeds which is available in the Documents section.

Access and Use-Ability Group

Access Success – Partnerships thrive and grow within Leeds Victoria Gate

The group is working with Leeds City Council’s City Development Directorate and private developers, to shape major plans for the City Centre. 

Jagdeep Passan (chair of the group) enthused that “Leeds City Council has taken a brave step sharing their ambitions to be the best city by involving citizens in decision making powers as experts. It shows just what we can achieve when pay attention the wisdom of people and communities, this is  essential to any change management or redesign process.”

Before the first stone was laid at the forthcoming Victoria Gate arcade, the group was keen to ensure that all communities including disabled people could enjoy the shopping experience with everybody else. Thanks to this truly unique partnership, the arcade will exceed accessibility standards with, for example, the inclusion of adult changing facilities that meet Changing Places requirements.

A detailed commitment to accessibility is now enshrined in our Supplementary Planning Guidance, which future planning applications will have to take into consideration. The planning process for Victoria Gate is included in the guidance as an example of best practice.

The Access and Use-Ability Group is looking now towards future developments, linking up with plans to make areas including New Briggate, Greek Street and City Square more pedestrian friendly.

The message is clear: Leeds deserves a city centre that everybody can enjoy and this will happen much sooner if all citizens have a role in designing it.

Community Committees

What are community committees?

There are 10 community committees across the city each providing a forum for local people to have their say about what happens in their community.

Community committees are an important part of the council’s decision making process and each committee has elected members as voting members.

The community committee holds at least 4 public meetings a year, where local people can meet with each other and with councillors, to discuss key issues of concern, and help influence decisions on matters of local interest.

Attending the meetings allows local people and councillors’ time to get to know groups and organisations that work in the area.

How do community committees work?

Local councillors elected to represent the area sit on the community committee, involve local people in discussions about the issues, and take decisions on key areas such as environmental improvements, community safety, health and wellbeing and employment.

The community committees also allocate money for local projects and activities. More information can be found by contacting your local area support team.

How can you get involved?

  • Attend a meeting
  • Contact your local councillor
  • Ask a question or take part in a discussion either at a meeting or through our social media pages.
    • Meetings are held at different locations across the city, generally starting in the early evening and lasting a couple of hours. All meetings are open to the public and are usually themed around a particular topic. Details of your local community committee meetings can be found in the Documents section of this page.


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