Work begins to tackle Leeds’ three priorities

ORGANISER: Tom Chigbo, of Leeds Citizens.
ORGANISER: Tom Chigbo, of Leeds Citizens.
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Work is already underway to tackle the three priorities identified through the listening exercises – poverty, public transport and mental health.

For poverty, the specific issues highlighted were the city’s dependence on high-cost lenders and the need to better promote credit unions as well as the living wage.

Discussions around public transport were mainly focused on buses – the treatment of passengers on buses and the need to explore further possible routes across the city.

The alliance also heard of the need to have a single point of contact – or ‘navigator’ – throughout mental health referral processes.

Action now pledged by Leeds Citizens includes:

* The launch of ‘Living Wage Week on November 2 to encourage businesses to pay the living wage – supported by Leeds City Council, KPMG, Path Yorkshire and Leeds Rhinos Foundation.

* Signing up residents to credit unions over the next couple of months and a launch event with Leeds City Credit Union on August 20.

* Working with First Bus to improve reliability and frequency on bus routes.

* Working to develop a new pilot for providing sensitive care for elderly and ‘navigtors’ for mental health.

Community organiser Tom Chigbo said: “It is clear from the turnout, participation and deals struck on the night that people of all ages and backgrounds are ready to play their part in making Leeds a better city for us all.”