People, jobs and housing drive council’s ambitions for coming year

Jobs, affordable housing and continuing to protect vulnerable older and young people are top of the agenda for Leeds City Council’s ruling administration as it sets its priorities for the coming year following last week’s local elections.

Labour remain in charge following the May 22 elections, after which they still hold 63 of the total 99 seats on the council.

Following the election it has been confirmed that Councillor Keith Wakefield will continue to be Leeds City Council’s Leader, supported by Cllrs Judith Blake and Peter Gruen as his two deputies.

Further announcements will be made next week regarding which councillors will take responsibility for specific areas of the council’s work.

Leeds City Council Leader Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

“Doing everything we can to support and protect the people who are in most need of our help is at the heart of what the council has been doing over the past few years.

“As we continue to face severe budget cuts this becomes increasingly important and the lion’s share of our spending is allocated to looking after our older people and the children and young people who need our support.

“However, we also have a very determined focus on working to create jobs and future opportunity, particularly for our young people. In attracting and creating work opportunities we also guarantee that the city itself is strong for the future.

“As the city grows the need for affordable housing grows alongside it and we are targeting our own efforts and working with private and third sector developers to increase the amount of homes available to people on restricted budgets.”

Last week’s local elections saw little change in the allocation of seats politically across the Leeds City Council area.

A third of the council’s 99 seats, one in each of the 33 local wards, were contested. Only two changed hands politically, with Farnley & Wortley changing from Labour to Green and Labour taking the Headingley seat from the Liberal Democrats.

The current political make-up of Leeds City Council is as follows: Labour: 63; Conservative: 18; Liberal Democrat: 9; Morley Borough Independents: 5; Green 3; Independent: 1.

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

e-mail: donna.cox@leeds.gov.uk