Decision Maker: Executive Board
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
The Executive Board is asked to endorse the Safer, Communities: Leeds Plan (20212-24) and refer the Strategy to Full Council with a recommendation that it is formally adopted as Council policy.
Impact On Wards
All ~ This Plan will contribute directly to the Best Council Plan (2020-2025) specifically in relation to the Safe, Strong Communities element and the overarching ambition of Safer Leeds partnership seeks to achieve: ‘People in Leeds are safe and feel safe in their homes, in the streets and the places they go’.
Financial and procurement implications
The Director of Communities, Housing and Environment has delegated authority to align external funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner, known as the Community Safety Fund, to support the delivery of the Safer, Stronger Communities: Plan priorities.
The total funding is £1,275,959 and is allocated to the local priorities as outlined in the report.
The Community Safety Fund has now transferred to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Mayoral arrangements and will be reviewed for the year 2022/23. No further information is available on the timescales for this process, but it is likely to align with the development and approval of the new Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire.
Leeds City Council takes the lead in partnership with the ‘responsible authorities’ and ‘cooperating bodies’ as part of the statutory duties of Safer Leeds, the community safety partnership for the city. The allocation of funding has been agreed by the Safer Leeds Executive formally on the 20th September 2021.
The Director of Communities, Housing and Environment submitted a report presenting the ‘Safer, Stronger Communities: Leeds Plan (2021-24)’ which set out the strategic direction of the Leeds Community Safety Partnership, the Safer Leeds Executive, with a recommendation that, following the associated consultation which had been undertaken, the Plan be referred to full Council for the purposes of formal adoption, in line with the Council’s Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules.
In introducing the report, the Executive Member highlighted the priorities of the strategy and the partnership approach which had been taken to develop it. Also, it was highlighted that the new strategy included a focus upon violence against women and girls and it provided an undertaking that an annual update statement would be produced.
With reference to the previous discussion regarding the former Managed Approach in the preceding agenda item, specific reference was made to the inclusion of sex workers in this proposed strategy, which was welcomed.
(a) That the ‘Safer, Stronger Communities: Leeds Plan (2021-24)’ as appended to the submitted report, be endorsed, and that agreement be given for it to be referred to full Council with a recommendation that it is formally adopted as Council policy;
(b) That it be noted that the Director of Communities, Housing and Environment will lead on, and implement such matters.
(The matters referred to within this minute, given that they were decisions being made in accordance with the Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules, were not eligible for Call In, as Executive and Decision Making Procedure Rule 5.1.2 states that the power to Call In decisions does not extend to those decisions being made in accordance with the Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules)
Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;
Other reasons / organisations consulted
The Safer, Stronger Communities: Leeds Plan (20212-24) has been extensively consulted on as part of shaping the new partnership strategy and formally approved by the Safer Leeds Executive members.
List of consultees:
Safer Leeds Executive members
The Environment, Housing and Communities Scrutiny Board
Contact: Katherine Pack-Jagger, Project Manager 0113 378 9662 Email: Katherine.PackJagger@leeds.gov.uk.
Report author: Katherine Pack-Jagger
Publication date: 19/11/2021
Date of decision: 17/11/2021
Decided at meeting: 17/11/2021 - Executive Board