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December
2014
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Low-demand council buildings and services to close over festive period


A number of Leeds City Council buildings and services that have limited or non-essential demand over the Christmas and New Year period will close from midnight on 24 December 2014 and reopen on Monday 5 January 2015.



This follows successful closures over the past two-years of some of the council’s buildings and services at a time of the year when they are not essential to operate.



By closing non-essential and low demand services the council will make savings from reduced energy usage and reduced building costs.



However, services with high demand will not close and staff cover will be in place to ensure all key frontline services are maintained, either directly-staffed or with emergency cover, depending on what is appropriate. A number of services within children’s and adult’s social care services will continue as will refuse collection services, with some changes to normal collection dates. Street cleansing and traffic management services will not be affected.



During this period the council will still be contactable through the council’s customer contact centre and through some one stop centres which will remain open, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when emergency cover will be available.



For a more detailed list of affected services follow this link:

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/bankholiday.aspx



You can click on a whole range of individual services such as bin collections, leisure centres and emergency out of hours contacts for further information.



Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“We have planned this in full consultation with staff and trade unions, and it has proved to work very well in previous years. Making sure vital services are still provided is the priority, but this allows us to save money by not opening those buildings with lower demands over the festive period.



“Any service users requiring alternative arrangements will be contacted directly and the council will still have strong emergency back-up procedures in place.”



ENDS



For media enquiries please contact:

Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335

Email: donna.cox@leeds.gov.uk