Council to shutdown low demand buildings and services over the festive period

The council will be closing buildings and services that are in low or no demand over the Christmas period.

Non-essential services and those with very low demand will be closed to reduce energy and building costs from midnight 24 December 2013 to midnight 1 January 2014.

Services with high demand over this period will not be closed and staff cover will be in place to ensure services are maintained. Some children’s social care work and adult social care services will continue and the refuse collection, street cleansing and traffic management services will not be affected.

The council will still be contactable during this period with the contact centre and some of the one stop centres remaining open (closing only on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day).

For a more detailed list of affected services visit www.leeds.gov.uk

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“Following last year’s trial closedown we have decided to make the same arrangements this year, which we’ve done in consultation with staff and trade unions.

“We’ll be ensuring services are still being provided whilst enabling the council to save public money by closing some buildings which are not used or are in low demand over this period. Rest assured although buildings are closed, the council is still contactable and will be well equipped if an emergency situation occurs.

“We are making sure that affected service users are being contacted to inform them of any relevant changes and alternative arrangements, and I would suggest visiting the website if anyone needs any further information.”


For media enquiries, please contact;

Laura Ferris, Leeds City Council communications team (0113) 247 5472

Email: laura.ferris@leeds.gov.uk