Tuesday, 17 March 2009

What does the credit crunch mean for local communities?

Residents in north east Leeds are being given the opportunity to discuss the effect of the credit crunch on their local communities.

Three events have been organised by the East North East Area Committees, to allow residents to take part in discussions about the effect that the economic downturn is having on local communities and to find out what help is available to them.

The events will provide information on what is being done by agencies in the area to reduce the impact of the credit crunch, and provide information on the help and advice available for people needing to find work.

Each event will be followed by an area committee meeting, to which all local residents are invited to stay for.

The two remaining events will take place on the following dates:
Inner East - Thursday, 19 March, 5 – 6pm, Shine, Harehills Road
Outer North East - Monday, 23 March, 5 – 6pm, Wetherby Town Hall

Councillor Les Carter, executive member for area management said:
“We know that people in the area are concerned about the credit crunch, and we want to do everything we can to let them know what help and advice is available to them.

“I hope that anybody that is worried about the current economic situation can make it along to one of these events, which will offer help and reassurance.”

Notes for editors

The events are being facilitated by JET partnership (Jobs, Enterprise and Training).

The Inner North East event took place on Monday, 16 March, 5 – 6pm, Leeds Media Centre, Savile Mount.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk

Chair for councillor allowance setting panel required

A recruitment drive is underway to find a new chair for the panel which decides how much councillors in Leeds get ‘paid’.

The independent remuneration panel reviews and makes recommendations about what kind of expenses and allowances elected members can claim. A new chair is required to lead this committee for the next four years.

The successful applicant will need to have some understanding of local government and how committees work. They will be expected to chair two or three meetings a year plus co-ordinate further contributions from the other three panel members via phone or email. It will be their responsibility to gain a consensus of opinion in order to make recommendations and draft the final report to the council. They will be expected to attend a couple of initial training sessions when they take up the post. A fee is payable.

People who work for Leeds City Council, are related to any council worker or elected councillor, or are members of a political party or pressure group are not eligible to apply. Full details of these and any other restrictions are available to applicants on request.

Councillor Richard Brett, joint leader and executive member for corporate governance said:
“It is really important that this committee has a strong chair to lead discussions and put forward recommendations about how public money is spent with regard to councillor expenses.

“The role would suit someone with strong leadership skills who enjoys a challenge. I encourage people from Leeds to apply.”

Leeds City Council is made up of 99 councillors. It is the second biggest unitary authority in the country and has an annual budget in excess of £2.5 billion.

Notes for editors

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Ian Cornick on 0113 224 3206 or email your application to ian.cornick@leeds.gov.uk

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk