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June 2018 - New plan to tackle rough sleeping in Leeds

Councillor Debra Coupar – “plans are now being drawn up for a new approach to see how Leeds City Council and its various partners can bring the number of people sleeping on the streets to a minimum.”

June 2018 - The Leeds outreach worker who says he 'would be dead' without Change Grow Live homelessness charity

Ryan Snape, Leeds Outreach Worker has said he would be “in prison or dead” if it was not for turning his life around after being referred to Change Grow Live.

June 2018 - Nighshift with Leeds Street Outreach team

The YEP was invited out with the Leeds Outreach Team recently as part of its week-long series on homelessness, rough sleeping and begging in Leeds, to witness the hard work and challenges involved in getting people off the streets.

June 2018 - Why Leeds City Council thinks Housing First is right for the city’s homeless people

Leeds City Council’s Head of Housing Support, Rob McCartney, talks about what needs to be done to tackle a problem which so visibly impacts the city centre.

June 2018 - Leeds Drug & Alcohol Recovery Service marks milestone

A drug and alcohol recovery service which has helped thousands of people across Leeds is celebrating its third anniversary.

June 2018 - Chief Supt Paul Money from West Yorkshire Police

It’s clear that there is still a significant difference between the public’s perception of those who beg and the reality that the police and our partner agencies see on the streets every day.

June 2018 - YEP Readers Poll Results

Concern for homeless people among Yorkshire Evening Post readers is high, but figures suggest that few are willing to part with their own cash for them.

16/03/17 - DfE campaign - Together we can tackle child abuse

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched the second phase of its campaign to tackle child abuse. You can find out more by visiting the Leeds Safeguarding Childrens Board website.

26/01/17 - Laughing gas seizure

A large quantity of so called “Illegal Highs” were seized by Leeds District Police after a news reporter from the BBC purchased canisters of laughing gas from a dealer advertising it for sale on Facebook.

Over 5000 canisters of laughing gas (Nitrous Oxide) which was destined for the streets of Leeds were seized from an address and 2 local men were arrested. Since 26th May 2016 the Psychoactive Substances Act now makes it an offence to supply or offer to supply Nitrous Oxide or any other Psychoactive substance often called SPICE, with the maximum penalty now 7 years in prison.

This is a timely reminder about the harms that illegal highs can cause and also a message to dealers that police and partners in Safer Leeds are working together to take positive action to stop their illegal activities.

16/01/17 - Housing Strategy 2016 - 2021

LCC Housing has recently published its Housing Strategy for 2016 - 2021 (PDF 3.4MB). The Strategy has a foreword by Cllr Debra Coupar, Executive Member for Communities.​​​​​​​​​​​

Injunction granted for Leeds City Council in relation to anti social driving of motor vehicles

Leeds City Council has been granted a five year injunction prohibiting anti social driving across the Leeds area at Leeds County Court (Tuesday 10 January).

Councillor Debra Coupar, executive board member with responsibility for communities said:

“We are very pleased with the outcome of the hearing today, and hope this sends out a clear message to anyone thinking of behaving in a similar manner in the future that if they do take part, it will not be ignored and they will face tough consequences.

“The injunction is there to help provide us with the tools to take proactive action against those individuals who are seeking to behave in such an irresponsible way as to pose issues to the safety of other motorists and pedestrians in built up areas of the city.”

“We want to stress that this injunction will in no way affect those motorcyclists and others who enjoying riding in groups in a law abiding and sensible fashion through our city, and we are more than happy to work with groups such as MAG (Motorcycle Action Group) to ensure this happens.”​​

Full details can be found under the Related Documents section.​​​​