Friday, 23 March 2012

Leeds citizens welcome an opportunity to ‘Tell us Once’

A new service that will allow people to register a birth or death in Leeds more easily has been launched.

The ‘Tell us Once’ service means that at the time of registering a birth or death with the council, customer service officers will be able to notify other organisations with the information such as the Passport Office, DVLA, and Department of Works and Pensions, amking the process much easier.

The service went live in November 2011, and residents using the new service have been asked to give feedback on their experience which has been very positive. The new service has simplified the process of telling organisations about a death or birth and is saving residents time and money.

The service is available in the city centre along with 10 stop centres across the city. Residents can access the service at the time of a birth or death by ringing 0113 222 4408.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of the Leeds City Council said:

“This service is particularly welcome at what can be a very stressful time for many people, and being able to tell just one organisation about a birth or a death can be a relief.

“I am very pleased with the customer feedback which shows an overwhelming satisfaction with the new service.”

“People are telling us that the service is very helpful to them by making it simple to notify a range of organisations about a birth or death through a short face to face process.

“ This is a good example of us joining up services for the benefit of our residents.
“Currently 700 people are taking up this new service every month, and I am sure even more people will do so in the future.”


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For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

Hundreds of affordable home for all generations delivered across Leeds

Leeds City Council working in partnership with Accent Foundation have now delivered 325 affordable homes across the south and west of the city.

The projects have been delivered at eight sites across Leeds and have created 33 new jobs and offered 24 apprenticeships over the three year programme. Each of the sites has been developed in consultation with the local communities, with the site in Morley, Kirkness Court , being named in honour of a local Morley Solider who lost his life in Afghanistan.

Of the 325 properties, 279 were for rent and 46 for shared ownership, with a mixture of family housing and 2 bed flats for the over 55's. Accent Foundation have spent approximately £29,400,000 developing the affordable dwellings and have received grants of approximately £16,000,000 from the Homes Communities Agency.

Councilor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, housing and regeneration said:

“It is excellent to see so many affordable homes being developed across the city, and with such input from the local communities.

“The delivery of these housing schemes has really helped to meet the needs of a number of overcrowded households on the Leeds Homes Register.

“Many of the smaller properties including the flats and bungalows have been let to council tenants under-occupying in their previous home. This has meant we have been able to release a number of further family sized properties.”

Notes to editors:

The eight sites across Leeds are:
• Farrow Rd, Wortley
• Chaucer Gardens
• Highfield Gardens, Wortley/Armley boundary
• Fairfield estate, Bramley
• Glen Rd, Morley
• Corporation Street (Kirkness Court), Morley
• Eastleigh Drive, Tingley
• Langdale Rd, Woodlesford

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For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

Goal to keep streets clean gets helping hand from ‘The Whites’

Leeds United are teaming up with Leeds City Council to keep the streets around Elland Road stadium clean.

As part of a new partnership deal, Leeds United are making a financial contribution for a contract up until June 2013, which will see the council’s street cleaning team working to keep the streets clean after big events take place at the ground.

The council’s street cleaning team will be responsible for ensuring all the streets and areas around the stadium are kept in a clean state and work with the club to ensure the local area is kept clean and tidy at all times.

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All media are invited to Elland Road Stadium on Monday 26 March at 11.30am for a photo opportunity with players from Leeds United, members of the street cleaning team and Councillor Angela Gabriel, chair of the inner south area committee.

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Councillor Angela Gabriel, chair of the inner south area committee said:
“It is exciting that we have formed this new partnership with Leeds United.

“It is important that the area around the stadium is kept clean and tidy so as people in the local area are not left with untidy streets. We know that litter around this area has been an issue for local people, and it is great that the area committee has been able to drive the instigation of this new partnership.

“We have worked hard to get this agreement in place, and the area committee has directly influenced how this money will be spent. We are also looking for any other partners in the area who would be willing to come onboard.”

Shaun Harvey, Leeds United CEO said:

"We take great pride in keeping Elland Road clean and tidy and this partnership with the council will allow us all to ensure that the neighbouring streets are kept in a similar state for the benefit of both people visiting Elland Road and the local community as a whole."


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For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk