ISSUE 536: FEBRUARY 2016 *NEW START IN LEEDS*
February 2016 - NewStart
The Leeds Poverty Truth Challenge launched in 2014 and brought together people living in poverty - testifiers - with civic and business leaders. Over a year they met regularly to confront and challenge issues around inequality that exist in the city. Here a testifier and council officer talk about the experience:
As Leeds recovers from the Christmas floods and braces itself for further economic shocks, chief executive of Leeds Council Tom Riordan talks to New Start about resilience, compassion and trying not to emulate London
Leeds has a self-starting, enterprising culture that makes it home to numerous social organisations, from Europe's first Carribean carnival to the UK's first affordable cohousing project. Here's 10 of the best in the city:
Social problems cannot be fixed by one agent, but need collective creativity at the local level. In Leeds, Social Business Brokers has been focusing the energy of the city on empty homes
Co-housing developments are built around community and sustainability but can they also be affordable? Susan Downer visits Lilac in Leeds to find out.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Leeds Council and Leeds city region launched a partnership to explore how the region's economic growth can be spread more fairly. Josh Stott analyses its progress.
Within a culture of individualism and private interest, local government work is increasingly seen as a job like any other. This has been allowed to penetrate far too deeply into the work that is done and into issues of salaries and pay.
Inclusive growth could be a handy phrase for some to have their cake and continue to eat it. For this new buzzword to be more than warm semantics, we need an economic development step change.
There is no doubt that households need to be supported to save. Around one in five low income adults have no savings, a figure that has risen significantly since 2011 as real wages have stagnated; the use of zero hours contracts have increased, and welfare benefits cut.