Thursday, 10 May 2012

Leeds Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2012

The new Leeds Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is available for people to view on the Leeds Observatory website

This is the second full JSNA for Leeds, with the first one having been published in 2009. It is a joint piece of work between the NHS and Leeds City Council, which pulls together information about the local population including data on health, housing, social care, education, crime and the environment. It provides an understanding of the challenges that are faced in tackling inequalities in health and wellbeing across the city.

The report aims to help organisations identify where gaps in health and wellbeing exist between different parts of the city, and provides information to help them with their plans to reduce health inequalities in Leeds.

Responsibility for public health in Leeds will be transferred to the council from April 2013, with funding from a ring fenced public health grant. The baseline figure for this grant published by the Department of Health is £30.25m, which equates to £36 spend per head. The average spend per head for England is £40, with other core cities faring far better. For example Liverpool get £73 per head, Manchester £57 per head and Sheffield £44 per head.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council and chair of the health and wellbeing board said:
"It is disappointing that there has been no real sign of the gap in health inequalities between residents living in the more affluent and the most deprived areas of Leeds reducing over the past 10 years. It is a shocking statistic for a city as prosperous as we are, and addressing this inequality is a major focus for the council.

"We will take over responsibility for public health next year, and when we get these services under our control we will have a much better chance of working in partnership with the NHS to reduce inequalities in health.

“Another issue is that Leeds is locked into a concerningly low public health budget, which gives us less spend per head than many other core cites. The JSNA will be a key tool in helping us to produce a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy with our partners, helping us to bring together the resources we need to tackle problems and make improvements to health and well being in Leeds over the next three years.”

Dr Ian Cameron, director of public health, NHS Leeds / Leeds City Council said:
“The JSNA is a very useful resource for anybody that lives or works in Leeds, and particularly those involved in commissioning health and wellbeing services.

“I would encourage these organisations to use the JSNA as they look to develop their services. It will give them a better understanding of the factors affecting service users and communities, help them to develop or commission services that effectively meet the specific needs of different communities, and enable them to provide a more holistic approach by being able to effectively anticipate future health, social care and support needs.”

To access the JSNA online, please visit and click on the ‘resources and documents’ button.

It is a statutory duty of Leeds City Council and NHS Leeds to produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) that identifies the currently unmet and future health, social care and wellbeing needs of the local population.

The legislation intends that the JSNA will inform the plans, targets, priorities and actions necessary in reducing identified inequalities and achieving the desired health and wellbeing outcomes for Leeds.

The JSNA includes the following:
• An overview of the health and wellbeing of the Leeds population.
• Tailor-made data packs covering over 80 different areas from broad population information to specific behaviours, health conditions and wider factors that influence health and wellbeing.
• Geographically-specific information on health and wellbeing and social issues affecting different neighbourhoods.
• Emerging key issues and implications for commissioning and service provision.

The data pack provides a comprehensive profile of Leeds across a number of areas crucial to the health and wellbeing of the population:
• demography;
• socio-economic and environmental factors;
• lifestyle (particularly 'healthy living') issues;
• ill health; and
• health and social care service provision.

Additional info

The Leeds Observatory provides a wide range of data on various topics including crime, deprivation, the economy, education, health, the environment and population, and provides the data at various levels of geography within the Leeds area. The Observatory also provides a platform to signpost people to strategic and operational documents, and will be the only place to access the new Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) online.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578

Wrap Up Leeds team keep on running

Staff from Wrap Up Leeds are getting into the Olympic spirit with their second long distance run to try to get as many people as possible signed up for free insulation.

Having already completed Age UK’s Wrap Up and Run in March, the dedicated team are now in the final stages of training for the Leeds Half Marathon on May 13.

Emma Kovaleski, Liz Henry and Susannah Williams will be running the whole 13 miles and will be joined by six other colleagues from Yorkshire Energy Services who’ll be competing in the coveted corporate relay.

The part-time athletes but full-time energy efficiency enthusiasts will be running in their Wrap Up Leeds gear so they’ll be easily spotted in the crowd.

Liz Henry, marketing and events assistant from Yorkshire Energy Services said:

“The more people that find out about Wrap Up Leeds, the better. We’ve put an Olympic effort into our training so we hope to finish in a good time.

“We’d love it if people could give us a shout or a wave if they see us and use it as a reminder to log on to the Wrap Up Leeds website to register for free insulation.”

Leeds home owners and people renting privately can have their loft insulated or their cavity walls filled with mineral wool insulation at no cost by Wrap Up Leeds. Even if a loft is already insulated below 160mm, it can be topped up to the maximum recommended 270mm for free.

Once wrapped up, people can expect to save up to £300 a year on their fuel bills.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental services said:

“The team really are going above and beyond the call of duty to try to get as many people signed up for their free insulation as possible. I wish them the best of luck.”

Councillor David Blackburn, chair of the council’s cross-party environment and climate change working group said:

“If Liz, Susannah and Emma enter any more races they will have run a few marathons by the time we’ve insulated 15,000 homes in September. I’d like to thank them for making sure that Wrap Up Leeds is represented at some of the most high profile events in the city. And of course, good luck to them all.”

Wrap Up Leeds is a partnership between Leeds Council and Yorkshire Energy Services. As well as letting people know about the amazing offer available, the team are raising funds for Yorkshire Energy Services’ chosen charity, Practical Action.

Anyone who owns their own home or rents it privately can apply online for their free insulation at or by calling 0800 052 0071.

The 0800 number is free from most landline providers, but may not be free from mobile networks. If you would prefer, please call Wrap Up Leeds on 01484 351 779.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the team can do so on the Wrap Up Leeds Just Giving page at

Notes to editors:
About Wrap Up Leeds
• Wrap Up Leeds is run in partnership by Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Energy Services, with funding from EDF Energy.
• Wrap Up Leeds is available to all homeowners and privately rented tenants (where landlord’s permission has been granted) in the Leeds City Council area only.
• Free cavity wall insulation, loft insulation (where less than 60mm of loft insulation currently exists) and loft ‘top up’s’ (where more than 60mm but less than 160mm of loft insulation currently exists) are available under the scheme.
• A free, technical survey of the property will confirm that the work will definitely be free and much larger properties or those that need extensive scaffolding may be asked to pay a contribution towards the work.
• The project estimates to help householders made total cumulative savings of £1,653,750 on energy bills based on installing cavity wall insulation in 6,000 homes, laying insulation in over 3,000 empty lofts and ‘topping up’ a further 5,850 lofts.

For media enquiries please contact:

Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 5704


Ellie Lyon, Yorkshire Energy Services marketing team on 01484 352010


New network sowing seeds to feed Leeds

A new project to develop a community food network in Leeds is to be discussed by senior councillors in the city next week.

The proposals to bring together all elements in the city to work on public food production – provisionally entitled ‘Feed Leeds’ – is to be debated by the council’s executive board at its meeting on Wednesday 16 May at Civic Hall.

If approved, the plan would be for the council to take a lead role in bringing together local community groups, landowners, food outlets and schools to develop projects to grow communal food. Businesses would also be encouraged to get involved as sponsors, as well as providing discounts on gardening equipment and materials in addition to corporate volunteer support.

Leeds City Council would support the network by providing advice and materials from the parks and countryside service’s Red Hall nursery, bringing more land into potential use for food growing, and supporting ‘friends of’ groups and community groups to adopt edible flowerbeds in parks. The existing ‘In Bloom’ groups located around the city would also be encouraged to get involved with a range of competitions.

As well as improving community cohesion, the network would also be an example of ‘civic enterprise’ in action with all communities and aspects of the city coming together through shared working in order to achieve mutual benefits.

The network would also offer health benefits in terms of encouraging people to follow healthier lifestyles and balanced diets, and would also improve the environment by bringing unused land into use and promoting sustainable food sources.

Positive discussions have already taken place between Leeds City Council and organisations in the city such as NHS Leeds, University of Leeds, Groundwork Leeds, BTCV (The Conservation Volunteers) and the Permaculture Association as well as existing community food growing groups Edible Public Space and Urbal Fix.

An example of the benefits to be gained from such a network can already be seen at Gotts Park, where BTCV is preparing a feasibility study to look at turning the walled garden into a kitchen garden where flowers, vegetables and fruit could be grown. Such a project would potentially offer a range of volunteering and training opportunities for local residents and disadvantaged groups.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“The food growing network is a terrific idea which would bring a wide range of benefits and would bring entire communities together so we are really keen to explore the possibility further.

“Apart from the health and environmental benefits, it would also offer valuable education and training opportunities so we see this as a hugely positive proposal. Such a network is already proving successful in London and we would be delighted to see the same result in Leeds.”


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472

Rugby League World Cup delegates welcomed to Leeds

Front row left to right: Harry Jepson OBE (Leeds Rugby), Lord Mayor of Leeds Rev Alan Taylor, Scott Carter (RLIF), Gary Hetherington (Leeds Rugby)
Back row left to right: Tiziano Franchini (Italy), John Bishop (NZ), Daniele Veronese (Italy)

From left to right: Jamie Jones Buchanan (Leeds Rhinos), Francesco Mazzella (Casa Mia), Gip Dammone (Salvos), Daniele Veronese (Italy), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos)

Rugby League World Cup host city Leeds welcomed delegates from the nations that will be coming to the city in 2013 last Friday (4 May).

Delegates from the national sides of New Zealand, Italy and Papua New Guinea were in town for planning meetings and venue visits.

Leeds Rhinos hosted a lunch for delegates from the New Zealand and Italian Rugby Leagues at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Headingley hosted the first ever rugby league test match on 25 January 1908 between the New Zealand All Golds and the Northern Union, and will host the world champion’s clash with Papua New Guinea in next year's tournament as well as a quarter final game.

Chairman of the Rugby League International Federation Scott Carter, and New Zealand Rugby League board member John Bishop were joined by Daniele Veronese and Tiziano Franchini from the Italian Rugby League for the event. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, members of Leeds City Council and the Rugby Football League along with Barry Eaton from Hunslet Hawks and Gary Hetherington and Kevin Sinfield from Leeds Rhinos were there to officially welcome them to the city.

The Italian delegates also visited the Marriot Hotel in Leeds, where their national team will be based during the world cup, and checked in with local Italian businesses Casa Mia and Salvos.

John Numapo and Ivan Ravu from the Papua New Guinea Rugby League also visited Headingley Carnegie for a tour of the facilities later in the day.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive member for leisure and chair of the Leeds World Cup Consortium said:
“We were delighted to welcome the delegates to Leeds and share with them our city’s passion for rugby league.

“The 2013 Rugby League World Cup is really important to us, and these visits are the beginning of what I’m sure will be an exciting journey for us. We have the facilities, stadium, community spirit and passion for rugby league that is needed to really embrace the occasion and make it a truly great event for the entire city.

“We want New Zealand and Italy to feel at home whilst they are here, and I know that the people and businesses of Leeds will welcome them with open arms, and really get behind what is shaping up to be the best rugby league world cup ever.“

Gary Hetherington, chief executive of Leeds Rugby said:
“We were delighted to welcome the delegations from New Zealand, Italy and Papua New Guinea to Headingley Carnegie. We are very proud to be a host venue for 2013 Rugby League World Cup and in particular to be hosting the world champions, New Zealand.”

All the latest news about the Rugby League World Cup 2013 can be found on Twitter at @RLWC2013 and Facebook on the Rugby League World Cup 2013 page.


Additional info

Leeds was confirmed in November 2011 as a host town/city for Rugby League World Cup 2013, and was one of only four bids to be considered ‘outstanding’. The 14-team tournament will be hosted by England and Wales with games also in France and Ireland.

More than 500,000 spectators are expected to attend the 28 matches with a further 20 million people watching on TV around the world.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578