Leeds drop in information and advice service for adults in Leeds with learning disabilities.

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People from Leeds with learning disabilities invited to attend new drop in information and advice service.

Through the Maze is an information advice and signposting service for adults with learning disabilities in Leeds. Through the Maze are start the year by inviting adults with learning disabilities from across Leeds to join them at their new drop in sessions.

If you have a learning disability or care for someone with a learning disability Through the Maze would like to invite you to join them on Monday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm.  You don’t need to book to come along, just turn up as the sessions are informal and relaxed.  To read more, please click here….Through the Maze Drop in Press Release

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U-turn on Leeds 70,000 new houses target?

HousingCOUNCIL bosses in Leeds have launched a major review of their 70,000 new homes target by 2028 – after newly published figures revealed the expected population boom on which it was based will not be as big as first estimated.

The u-turn comes just weeks after Leeds council rubber-stamped a development masterplan laying out where in the city all the planned new houses would be located.

To read more, please click on this link:  http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/u-turn-on-leeds-70-000-new-houses-target-1-7147761?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

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£1m funding to help rid Leeds of its pothole hell

PotholesLEEDS has been awarded almost £1m from a new Government cash pot to help repair roads damaged by recent severe weather – and rid the city of the blight of potholes.

The money is part of a £10.3m fund for Yorkshire authorities, which has been made available to help with much needed road repairs following the wettest winter on record.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Damage to roads causes misery for drivers and local communities and the severe weather over the last few months has made the problem worse.

“This extra money will help make a real difference to the millions of road users and residents across Yorkshire who rely on local roads, giving them safer and smoother journeys.”

Leeds will receive £949,426 of funding from the new fund. Wakefield will be handed £487,955 and Kirklees will get £606,663.

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Leeds: ‘Change planning law to let us build where we need to’

HousingLeeds’s housing boss is launching a ‘Brownfield First’ campaign to urge developers to look to the inner cities first when building much-needed new homes, and to return decision-making powers on planning to local level.

Coun Peter Gruen is lobbying the Secretary of State for changes in planning laws which would revert to a “sequential” approach to development, meaning brownfield land – previously developed sites – is prioritised for development over greenfield land and is therefore released earlier and easier. He also wants more power returned to Town Hall decision-makers and to scrap the automatic right of appeal to planning inspectors.

The YEP has reported previously that the city owns 140 brownfield sites, covering 150 hectares of potential development land. Leeds needs to build 70,000 new homes by 2028 to meet escalating housing needs. Some of the 29 sites recently targeted by the council in a new drive have been dormant since the 1980s and 1990s.

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Leeds City Council’s £1 million housing crisis

Leeds City Council has spent just more than £1m on providing emergency accommodation for the homeless in the last year, the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show the £1m spent by the council in 2012/13 was nearly twice the £540,000 from the previous year.

The cost been rising since 2010/11 – when it stood at £209,000 – as the housing crisis continues to deepen in the economic downturn.

Residents are put into emergency accommodation when deemed homeless in what is meant to be a temporary move – but figures show people have been going months without a proper home. One stay racked up 46 weeks in 2012/13, costing a total of £36,463.

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