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. It 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. You can view minutes from the related documents section.

LGBT+ Hub meetings

Leeds City Council is committed to the aims of Making Leeds an LGBT+ inclusive city, in representing the diversity of the communities and providing equity in our service provisions.

The LGBT+ Hub group meets quarterly, in a function room of the Cosmopolitan Hotel on Lower Briggate.

Future meeting dates are:

  • 14 August
  • 13 November

Arrival for refreshments from 5pm, with the meeting time 5.30pm until 7.30pm. For bookings please visit bit.ly/LGBTHub.

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 LGBT+ inclusive city.

A sample of projects currently under development within this Hub include: Sports inclusion, LGBT+, 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 related documents section.

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

Religion or Belief Hub

The Council's Religion or Belief Hub met for the first time on the 7th of March 2017. The Hub will be meeting quarterly and dates for the rest of 2017 are being planned now. The Hub's priorities will be:

  • setting up meetings of the Religion or Belief Hub (including taking the Covenant forward)
  • social media and websites
  • handling times of crisis together
  • defining the role of civic leadership and providing training and support in this
  • increasing Religious knowledge amongst Council staff and citizens
  • celebrating existing work and best practice
  • identifying where we have low engagement from particular faiths and possible barriers to their participation
  • working with young people
  • engaging with private business around Corporate Social Responsibility


  • To challenge Council and other public services such as Health, Education and the Police on how they give due regard to Religion or Belief Equality and meet the needs of faith communities when delivering their services.

The notes from previous meetings of the Hub can be found in the document section. For further information or to register for the mailing list please email equalityteam@leeds.gov.uk.

Disability Hub Minutes, January 2018

The last Disability Hub meeting took place on 10 January 2018. The hub was visited by the Royal British Legion who spoke about the support they can offer to ex-military personnel and their family members. Stop Hate UK also attended to talk about a “Hate Free Leeds” event that is taking place in May. The minutes can be found in the Documents section of this pag.

Children and Families Act 2014

Please see in the related 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.

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: 0789 127 0162 or email us at equalityteam@leeds.gov.uk.

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 related 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 we pay attention the wisdom of people and communities, this is  essential to any change in management or the redesign process.”

Before the first stone was laid at the 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 related documents section of this page.



Hub Reps Minutes 19 April 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Hub Reps Minutes 19 April 2018.pdf371932pdf
Disability Hub Minutes 10 Jan 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Disability Hub Minutes 10 Jan 2018.pdf99502pdf
Equalities Assembly Conference Report 2016https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Equalities Assembly Conference Report 2016.pdf682866pdf
Hub Reps Minutes 11th January 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Hub Reps Minutes 11th January 2018.pdf243999pdf
Leeds Religion and Belief Hub Flyerhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Leeds Religion and Belief Hub Flyer.pdf6157110pdf
LGBT Hub minutes August 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/LGBT Hub minutes August 2018.pdf54035pdf

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