Agenda item

Locality Working - Tackling Poverty and Reducing Inequalities

To consider the report of the Director of Communities and Environment seeking to articulate a new place-based integrated approach towards service delivery and a new approach to tackling poverty and reducing inequality in some of the city’s poorest neighbourhoods. 



The Director of Communities and Environment submitted a report which sought approval to introduce a new place-based, integrated approach towards the delivery of service provision, the tackling of poverty and the reduction of inequality in some of the city’s poorest neighbourhoods.


In considering the proposals, the Board acknowledged the continuing involvement of Scrutiny in the development of the approach. In addition, Members noted that the locations of the priority Council estates needed further work to ensure that all relevant estates meeting the set criteria were identified. Furthermore, and responding to a Member’s comments, it was emphasised that the universal service provision for communities across the city would remain.


Also, responding to a Member’s enquiry, the Board was provided with further information on: how the proposed multi-agency approach would work; how the performance of previous approaches had informed the current proposals; and how Scrutiny would help to evaluate the progress being made by the initiative as it developed.



(a)  That the deployment of a new place-based approach towards early intervention and prevention in respect of tackling poverty, reducing inequality and addressing vulnerability in Leeds, be approved;


(b)  That the Director for Communities and Environment be requested to provide an annual progress report on the impact of this initiative as it develops.



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