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:

  • 26 February 2019
  • 14 May 2019
  • 13 August 2019
  • 12 November 2019

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, 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 meetings

The Council's Religion or Belief Hub met for the first time on the 7th of March 2017 and continues to meet quarterly. The Hub's priorities include

  • 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 related documents section, including the flyer. For further information or to register for the mailing list please email equalityteam@leeds.gov.uk.

Future meeting dates are:

  • 12 March 2019
  • 18 June 2019
  • 10 September 2019
  • 10 December 2019
  • 10 March 2020

Meetings will be held at either East or West rooms at Civic Hall, Calverley Street.

Arrival for refreshments from 5pm, with the meeting time 5.30pm until 7.00pm.

Disability Hub Meetings

The Disability Hub continues to meet quarterly 10.30 to 1.30pm at Leeds Mencap, the Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds LS9 9LU.

So far this year the Hub has seen presentations from 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 (June 2018) and the launch of Leeds Disabled Peoples Organisation amongst others. The minutes can be found in the related documents section of this page.

Future meeting dates are:

  • 11 February 2019
  • 17 April 2019
  • 10 July 2019
  • 16 October 2019

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 phone: 0113 378 5998, text: 0789 127 0162 or email us at equalityteam@leeds.gov.uk.

Read more information about the Equality Assembly conference 2018 (PDF 3MB) or get in touch via the above contacts. Also available in the related documents section is the report from last year’s Equality Assembly conference.

Access and Use-Ability Group

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 further South Bank development, the refurbishment of the West Yorkshire Playhouse area, Greek Street and City Square more pedestrian friendly and accessible.

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.

Get Involved with your local community committee

  • 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 can be found on our committees page.



Hub Reps Minutes 26 July 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Hub Reps Minutes 26 July 2018.pdf43698pdf
Hub Reps Minutes 19 April 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Hub Reps Minutes 19 April 2018.pdf371932pdf
Hub Reps Minutes 11 January 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Hub Reps Minutes 11 January 2018.pdf243999pdf
LGBT+ Hub Meeting Nov 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/LGBT+ Hub Meeting Nov 2018.pdf744336pdf
LGBT+ Hub Meeting August 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/LGBT+ Hub Meeting August 2018.pdf57081pdf
LGBT+ Hub Meeting May 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/LGBT+ Hub Meeting May 2018.pdf60117pdf
Leeds Religion and Belief Hub Flyerhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Leeds Religion and Belief Hub Flyer.pdf6157110pdf
Religion or Belief Hub Notes 27 Nov 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Religion or Belief Hub Notes 27 Nov 2018.pdf1202090pdf
Religion or Belief Hub Notes 26 June 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Religion or Belief Hub Notes 26 June 2018.pdf64504pdf
Religion or Belief Hub Notes 14 Mar 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Religion or Belief Hub Notes 14 Mar 2018.pdf58786pdf
Disability Hub Minutes 23 Oct 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Disability Hub Minutes 23 Oct 2018.pdf154294pdf
Disability Hub Minutes 4 July 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Disability Hub Minutes 4 July 2018.pdf52214pdf
Disability Hub Minutes 4 April 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Disability Hub Minutes 4 April 2018.pdf57485pdf
Equalities Assembly Conference 2018 Reporthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Equalities Assembly Conference 2018 Report.pdf3470913pdf
Equalities Assembly Conference 2017 Reporthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Equalities Assembly Conference 2017 Report.pdf947271pdf

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