New Leeds community committees hailed a success

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TEN new community committees introduced last year across Leeds have helped support 427 community projects with almost £3.75m of overall funding.

The community committees were brought in to replace the old area panels in a bid to engage and encourage residents to get more involved in how council services are provided.

The first annual report on the new committees has now been published. Leeds City Council chiefs say the report shows the total value of local projects approved and funded by the ten new committees totalled almost £1.75m.

With match funding of almost £2m, the overall figure to support 427 projects was almost £3.75m.

And the committees’ work to engage and encourage residents to play a full and important role in their communities has resulted in almost 90,000 volunteer hours being donated.

The committees have supported children and young people, tackled health and social isolation issues, created jobs and skills opportunities and made a range of environmental improvements.

Coun Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council executive board member for communities, said: “Since the launch last year, an amazing amount of hard work has been undertaken by both councillors and our area teams to ensure that our community committees were in a position to hit the ground running and make a positive impact in areas right across Leeds.”