Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Leeds businesses urged to apply for funds to drive business growth

Businesses in Leeds are being encouraged by the council to apply for grants from a multi-million pound funding pot to help create new jobs and boost growth.

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Business Growth Programme, which is supported by the governments Regional Growth Fund, is aimed at small and medium sized business looking to invest in property and equipment or expand their workforce. To qualify, they will need to demonstrate they will create jobs, have private financial backing and will support key growth sectors.

With almost 70 businesses in the city already benefiting from this package and over 560 jobs created or safeguarded as a result, council leaders are keen to see other eligible enterprises take advantage too.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council and Chair of the Leeds City Region Investment Panel, said:

“We have many ambitious businesses in Leeds, both large and small. They know how important it is to have a helping hand – by way of a grant – which allows them to grow and achieve their aspirations.

“We’ve seen successful applicants use funds to pursue great business ideas and invest in equipment. From this they are creating jobs and training opportunities, all of which boosts the city’s growing economy.

“I urge businesses to look at the help and support they can access from the Business Growth Programme, as well as the council’s own services and take advantage of what’s on offer.”

Eight businesses were awarded grants over £100,000 and the total investment, (including from the private sector), was £16.5m with 250 jobs created or made secure.

A further 60 businesses received grants under £100,000, with 317 jobs provided.

The programme, which launched in February 2013, has supported a total of 270 businesses from all the local authority districts in the Leeds City Region. A total of £19,395,812 in grant funding has now been awarded and expects to create a minimum of 2,733 jobs as a direct result.

For more information about the funding options on offer from the LEP, please visit http://business.leedscityregion.gov.uk/support/funding


For media enquiries, please contact;
Laura Ferris, Leeds City Council communications team (0113) 247 5472
Email: laura.ferris@leeds.gov.uk

One North: Region’s cities unveil joint plan for improved connections

A new £15 billion transport plan developed by a coalition of key Northern cities including Leeds was presented to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne and HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins today (Tuesday 5 August).

The report, One North: A Proposition for an interconnected North, has been formulated in response to the challenge set out by Sir David in his original report HS2 Plus and is being launched by an alliance of Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle.

The ambitious programme would maximise economic growth across the north, boosting transport links and helping rebalance the national economy.

If adopted the 15-year investment plan, which complements HS2 proposals, could deliver benefits for the whole of the north of England including up to 150 per cent additional capacity on roads and as much as 55 per cent faster journey times on a faster, more frequent rail network.

It would also deliver new trains running on a dedicated 125 mph trans-Pennine rail-link, a faster route to Newcastle and better access to ports and airports – improving freight and logistics movements across the country while benefiting personal and business travellers.

One North has been supported by a significant number of other key cities and regions including Bradford, Wakefield, York and Hull – who have all helped shape the findings of the report.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:
“The north has long been calling for better connectivity between cities outside London. Getting the right investment in our transport systems would deliver unprecedented change to better connect people and jobs, which is crucial if we also want to rebalance the national economy.

“This report demonstrates once again that only through tackling our out-dated transport system will the north be able to fulfil its true economic potential, benefiting our own local communities and the country as a whole.

“HS2, supported by strong regional transport networks, has the potential to bring transformational regeneration and investment to many of our cities and city regions. Building from the north would increase the pace of that change while at the same time delivering much needed jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities.”

Key economic benefits include the north becoming a destination of choice for investors, connecting businesses with workers, higher levels of productivity and competition, a modern infrastructure to support trade and industry, complimenting the economic benefits of HS2 for the north and ultimately producing a more productive northern economy.

Mark Goldstone, Head of Business Representation & Policy at West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said:
“Efficient transport connectivity is essential in making economies function and companies will invest in those locations where this provides convenient access to markets, materials and workforce.

“Transport infrastructure by its nature crosses borders and we are pleased to see joined up conversations around solutions which will benefit the north and allow it to play its part in rebalancing the UK economy.

“We welcome the One North proposition which takes a strategic and sufficiently long-term view of investment priorities across all transport modes providing a strong and galvanising voice for the city regions in the north.”

Roger Marsh, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership said:
“At the heart of this northern economic area, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership is poised to maximise the opportunities to better connect our region to the north, south, east and west.

“Connectivity is the lynchpin of our Strategic Economic Plan which resulted in an historic Local Growth Deal settlement from government – the largest of any LEP area in the country. However, our current infrastructure cannot support the above trend growth we are proposing, to compete on a global platform and to attract the best skills and talent from across the world, and therefore we need to invest now to ensure good growth is felt in the region.

“I support the proposals set out in this One North report to ensure the north is connected in all directions. Alongside the investment from the Local Growth Fund and Transport Fund, we are committed to working with partners across the country to ensure our formidable set of economic assets are matched with a high performing transport network and world class digital infrastructure to connect people, places and jobs seamlessly.”

West Yorkshire Combined Authority chair, Councillor Peter Box, said:
“As the report sets out, the North of England has a population of 15 million, is larger than London and almost as big as the Netherlands but its economy is not achieving on that scale and this is partly due to a legacy of Government under-investment that means our transport network has not kept pace with growth in our economy and our workforce.

“This report’s proposals for a new cross-Pennine rail route, better highway links and improved local rail networks highlight exciting and ambitious opportunities for maximising economic across the north. Better connected, our cities, towns and districts would be able to maximise their massive potential in line with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s objective of boosting jobs and growth.

“Through the West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund and other connectivity improvements proposed in the Leeds City Region Strategic Economic Plan and endorsed in today’s One North report, we can unlock the full potential of the Government’s investment in HS2 and release billions of pounds of additional economic investment to create thousands of new jobs.”

Following the launch of the report, the partner cities will continue to work closely together and with key partners including Network Rail, the Highways Agency, HS2 and the Government to develop the report into a phased and integrated investment programme.

The report details transport investment across the north as a whole up to 2030 and it is estimated cost of between £10 and £15 billion, but the benefits far outweigh the costs.

For example, the Northern Way study in 2009 identified that cutting journey times between Manchester and Leeds by just 20 per cent would be worth up to £6.7 billion to the north.

The report proposes:
• Increased road capacity for both freight and personal travel through extended managed motorways, addressing gaps in the network and improving links to ports.
• A very fast, frequent and high quality intercity rail network joining up city regions – including a new trans-Pennine route (tunnelled as necessary), a faster link to Newcastle and improved access to Manchester Airport.
• Improved regional rail networks to provide additional capacity and help sustain growth, interconnected with HS2 and intercity services plus local tram networks and more park and ride facilities.
• New rolling stock (as a priority), electrification of existing lines, higher service frequencies and addressing pinch-points on the rail network.
• A digital infrastructure enabling real-time information, greater network resilience and faster connections between key areas to personal and business users.
• Improved access to enable efficient freight movements by rail, road and water including ports, rail links and distribution centres.
• Building HS2 early – extending Phase One to Crewe and bringing forwards the delivery of HS2 between Leeds and Sheffield.
• Improving East/West rail freight capability across the Pennines, linking major ports to north/south rail routes

For media enquiries please contact:
Dan Johnson,
Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472
Email: daniel.johnson2@leeds.gov.uk

Streamlined services help tackle poverty issues

People of Leeds who are in financial difficulties can now get easier access to the support and help they need thanks to changes being introduced by Leeds City Council.

As part of a major overhaul of services, called Citizens@Leeds, the council is making improvements to the way residents are able to access its services to help tackle poverty and deprivation in the city.

In order to meet modern expectations and customer demands, which are more 24/7 and on-line in nature, the council is changing the way it delivers its digital, face to face and telephone services.

Since November, when the Citizens@Leeds programme was introduced, the council has made a number of changes to how it residents are able to contact services and receive information online. This includes implementing a web chat service on the council’s website and using social media to engage, and communicate with citizens.

A key project the council is now working on is how to help people who are unable to make use of the internet and computer facilities, either because of limited access to the necessary equipment or through lack of confidence or ability.

Since November progress has also been made in redesigning the council’s contact centre to ensure that customer issues can be dealt with at the first point of contact. The redesign is bringing teams together to provide a more streamlined service to callers and to deal with more complex calls. The council’s aim is to create three ‘centres of excellence’ within the contact centre, focussed on: welfare, benefits and revenues; health and well-being; and environment and community infrastructure.

Progress has also been made to create a network of community hubs across the city. Since April three pathfinder hubs have been established at Compton Centre in Harehills, the St. George’s Centre in Middleton and the One Stop Centre in Armley. Each hub brings together people from across the Council to work together to deliver better, more accessible services to customers and communities, including customer services, library and information services, employment and skills services, housing services and children’s services.

As well as making council services more accessible, work is also underway with West Yorkshire Police to move their Neighbourhood Policing Teams to the community hubs to ensure closer working with the council as well as increasing their presence in local communities. This new way of working, which includes providing ‘pop-up’ and mobile services in places like supermarkets and GP surgeries, has already led to improved service delivery at each hub.

Executive board members agreed that over the next year the council should look at creating community hubs city-wide to further improve integration of council services and partner organisations.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, said:
“We want to do all we can to stop people suffering and help them get out of poverty and over the past year we have been working hard to make sure that our citizens can easily access the information and help they need to help them turn their lives around.

“These are major changes we are introducing, and they are all designed to make it simpler for our residents to speak to the right people, get the right advice and in a more efficient and timely way.

“Not only have the number of people wanting to access advice services increased, but the way people are getting hold of the advice is changing too – more than ever people are turning to online services or using their mobile or tablet devices to gather information. This is why we are redesigning our services to make sure they are modern and accessible and meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in our city.”

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Progress made on tackling poverty in Leeds

People in Leeds who are living on the breadline are being better supported to find a way out of poverty thanks to a range of new measures introduced by Leeds City Council.

Poverty is the biggest challenge that Leeds is facing, and a year after the changes to the welfare system were introduced, more people are now in rent and council tax arrears than ever before. Nearly 50% of those affected by the under-occupancy charges were behind on their rent at the end of the first year, compared to 27% the previous year.

In order to tackle poverty across the city, the council introduced the Citizens@Leeds programme last November and since then has introduced a host of changes to help people get out of poverty.

The council is introducing changes to help the people of Leeds get the advice and support they need to get out of debt and progress is being made to integrate services to make accessing this much needed advice and support easier.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:
“We are now seeing the effects of the welfare changes and what a terrible impact they are having on many of our citizens, our experience is showing that the bedroom tax just isn’t working.

“Most people on benefits just need the right kind of support and advice to help them improve their employment chances and get out of poverty.

“In Leeds we are committed to helping local people which is why we have put this raft of measures in place to help tackle all of the issues surrounding poverty and deprivation.

“By focusing our services on the people who need it most we can start to improve the lives and futures of people who find themselves living on the breadline.”

Over the past year the council has introduced a range of measures to tackle poverty and deprivation, especially amongst those affected by the government’s welfare changes which were introduced last year.

The council is already using the Council Tax Support scheme and Discretionary Housing Payments to support vulnerable families and people with significant disabilities who are affected by the welfare reforms.

As part of the new measures the council has been working on three initiatives which focus on tackling financial hardship amongst specific groups of people, which are:
• Tenants in multi-story flats who are affected by the under-occupancy rules;
• Young people who are leaving care; and
• Tenants who are applying for ‘discretionary housing payments’.

Through these pilots key workers work closely with the tenants or young people to help put together the right package of support to help improve their financial situation, and where appropriate help improve their employment prospects.

The ‘multi-storey flats initiative’ saw 155 tenants signing up for the scheme and over 600 support activities arranged, whilst the ‘care leavers pilot’ helped 84 young people, who may otherwise have been unable to access the benefits and support available to them. Different levels of support are offered to tenants who apply for discretionary housing payments, depending on their levels of debt – ranging from information about debt advice agencies, to an award of discretionary housing payments on the condition that they take steps to address their debt issues. All 30 tenants who were awarded the conditional payments agreed to engage with debt support agencies.

Much work has also been taking place to support the Leeds City Credit Union to develop its services and accessibility as a more affordable borrowing option for citizens. The council has been helping to promote the credit union, and supported the opening of a new loan shop.

Earlier this year the council launched a new advice service on the back of unprecedented high demand for support and advice in the city. The council awarded the three year contract to a consortium of Leeds advice agencies, including Leeds CAB, Chapeltown CAB, and Better Leeds Communities which will be known as Leeds Advice Consortium.

The consortium brings together services covering a range of issues including; welfare benefits, debt, housing, employment, consumer affairs, utilities and immigration/asylum, but with a key focus on financial help.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Two milestones for Child Friendly Leeds

Picture caption: Children from Richmond Hill Children's Centre help celebrate the second birthday of Child Friendly Leeds (l-r top picture)Olivia Maynard, Logan Wall, Noah Gale, Nizaisha Sikasote and Luke Gale."

More than 300 individuals have signed now up as ambassadors for the city-wide ambition to make Leeds the most child friendly city in the country.

As the Child Friendly Leeds campaign celebrates its second anniversary, famous Leeds brand Marks and Spencer has become the 301st organisation to sign up to the ambitious campaign, which has seen businesses and organisations of all sizes commit to becoming more focused on the needs and views of children and young people.

Pledges made to support the campaign include: building stronger links with local schools; arranging for staff to become mentors to young people in care; helping to promote and support foster carers across their workforce and; looking at how they can change their services to make them more child friendly.

The campaign was launched in July 2012 when HRH The Queen visited Leeds and helped get the city’s child friendly city bid underway. Since then the campaign has gone from strength to strength.

Children’s Commissioner Maggie Atkinson, a champion for children across the whole of the UK, is a child friendly Leeds ambassador.

There are also a steady stream of ambassadors coming forward from Leeds schools, colleges and organisations such as the NHS and West Yorkshire Probation Service.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children and families said:

“We are really proud of how well the child friendly ethos has been embraced by the city. In just two years, to have over 300 individuals, businesses and organisations pledging their support and spreading the child friendly message as ambassadors, is fantastic.

“Child friendly Leeds is a far reaching concept which is about putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do and tackling some of the most serious challenges the city faces. We know there is still long way to go achieve our aim to make Leeds the best city to grow up in.

“We have around 180,000 children and young people in Leeds, and each one of them must have a voice and the opportunity to be involved in decisions about their city. We’ve already listened to thousands of local children and young people and are working to achieve the things that make the most difference to them.

“If we nurture and support our children today we’ll have a better city tomorrow. Everyone in our city can play their part and everyone in our city will benefit from child friendly Leeds.

“By giving our children and young people the best possible start and making Leeds the best place to grow up then we will have a sustainable, prosperous and economic future. Child Friendly Leeds is not just about doing the right thing for children it is about economic regeneration for our whole city as well.”

Mark Robson, Finance and Operations Manager for Marks and Spencer Leeds said:
“We are really excited about getting involved with Child Friendly Leeds, we have been working on projects like "Make Your Mark" for over ten years now, but we think we can do more as a store to support young people into employment. It's important that companies like M&S play their part in the communities that we serve, and Child Friendly Leeds is giving us new opportunities to do so."

Child Friendly Leeds business case study:
Mark and Spencer and the Princes Trust “Make your mark”
One of Leeds City Council’s children’s services’ key ambitions is to reduce the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training. Marks and Spencer’s Make your Mark scheme is one example of how businesses are helping the city to create employment opportunities for young people and help the council achieve this ambition:

Make Your Mark is a four week training and mentoring scheme aimed at unemployed 16 – 25 year olds (who are not in employment, education or training) and gives them the skills, experience and confidence they need to find a job. The young people targeted often have specific needs or are from particular vulnerable groups like refugees, asylum seekers, care leavers, and children who are looked after.

After an application and shortlisting process sixteen successful applicants begin the four week programme with a two day induction from Prince’s Trust and then a day’s induction within the store from M&S. Throughout the four weeks the young people follow training modules which help hone skills developed whilst working in store, improve confidence and prepare them for any future job. Regular feedback and guidance is provided via a dedicated buddy and career coach to ensure the participants achieve a good standard of customer service.

At the end of the programme, they are awarded a certificate and there is a celebratory event

If a participant performs well and receives a satisfactory evaluation from their manager and buddy, M&S may be able to offer them a vacancy if and when one becomes available. If the young person requires additional support prior to employment or if there is not a job vacancy available, they will be offered up to six months post programme support with the Prince’s Trust to find an alternative outcome.

Since 2004, the programme has enabled over 1,100 young people to complete placements in stores and offices across the country, with 50% gaining employment with M&S or another programme within three months.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Inspirational stories of Leeds foster carer award winners

Leeds foster carers have been recognised and awarded for the selfless work they do looking after the city’s most vulnerable children, at a special awards ceremony organised by Leeds City Council.

In order to recognise those carers who go the extra mile, Leeds City Council organised the Child Friendly Leeds Foster Carer Awards for people who foster through the council, including kinship foster carers.

The awards were organised as part of the council’s pledge to be a child friendly city, to recognise and reward foster carers who have excelled in one of five areas, as well as celebrating those carers who have been helping the children of Leeds for a number of years.

A total of 56 nominations were received in the following categories:
• Supporting educational achievement
• Supporting healthy and active lifestyles
• Enabling transitions
• Supporting artistic development
• Personal development

The winners were selected by a panel which was made up of senior managers, members, young people and a representative from event sponsor, British Gas. The well deserving winners were presented with prizes, which had been donated by sponsors, by representatives from the council’s children’s services department, young people and council members.

At the ceremony the guests were also entertained by performances from DAZL dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, young magician Sebastian Walton, and First Floor.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member for children and families said:
“Our foster carers are an amazing bunch of people! The dedication and commitment they show to the most vulnerable children in our city is tremendous. It was fantastic to be able to present them with their awards and share our thanks for the work they do in often very challenging circumstances.

“The stories behind all of the nominations received were a great insight into the tireless work our foster carers do, and the winners were very well deserved.”

The winning foster carers for each category were:
Enabling Transitions: Catherine Smith
The nomination related to a specific piece of work Catherine undertook caring for two sisters; over the time of placement with Cath, the girls were transformed into happy, confident, loving and beautiful little girls. Cath managed to invest in the children but was also able to move them onto a successful adoptive placement. Cath not also supported tirelessly the girls in their adoption journey but opened her arms & home to her adopters. Their social worker stated that Cath “is an inspiration to all.”

Supporting Artistic Achievement: Sharon Bland
Sharon was nominated for a specific piece of work with a little boy in her care who presented many challenges and who eventually successfully moved onto a long term foster placement. The young boy was out of school for some time whilst in Sharon’s care and Sharon recognised that he loved singing & drumming. Sharon helped him to use these skills to de-escalate his behaviour when he got cross and angry, she enabled him to develop his creative talents and to feel good about himself.

Supporting Healthy Activities and Lifestyle: Jan Pulham
Jan has been a family placements carer since 1983. She has offered care on a short and long term basis and is presently caring for five children with severe learning difficulties. Her household is completed by her two adopted sons and an adult who was placed with Jan as a child. Jan was a special needs teacher and used her skills and experience in education to support her caring role. Jan does not allow any child’s individual difficulties to limit their life experiences and trips out and sporting opportunities are frequent. She cooks most of the family meals from scratch and encourages the children to eat healthily sitting around the table where conversation is facilitated. Jan is an amazing women and an excellent advocate for the children in her care.

Supporting Achievement in Education: Linda Revson
Linda and her husband Peter have been foster carers for Leeds for over 20 years. In that time, they have supported many young people in achieving their full educational potential with some achieving a university education. Linda advocates for the children in their care to have their potential recognise; she pursues this with marked determination. Linda creates a safe positive environment for the children in her care and ensures that they feel valued as part of her family. Linda sets a fantastic example for fostering that could be modelled for others.

Personal Development: Karen Scales
Karen is much understated as a foster carer and the excellent care she provides to some of the city’s most troubled children is often unrecognised. She has met every challenge with dedication and care, always working alongside other professionals to ensure the best outcome in all areas of the lives of any child placed with her. Recently Karen has been part of the evidence based ‘Keep’ programme run by the council’s Therapeutic Social work team. Karen has worked diligently and positively every week and embraces the techniques she has been taught for managing very difficult and distressing behaviour. The impact this has had on a very troubled child in enormous. In terms of personal development, Karen has pushed herself out of her comfort zone to work in a group work setting which to many would feel quite exposing. The children who have been in Karen’s care will take something very special into their adult lives from the experience of living with her.

Also at this week’s ceremony, people who have fostered through Leeds City Council for many years also received long-service awards including:
30 years
Linda and Paul Darby
25 years
Danyella Wilson
20 years
Marie Procter and Michael Van Norman
Denise and Donald Smith
15 years
Margaret and John Clark
Joanne and Stuart Best
10 years
Sharon and Andrew Jones
5 years
Leota and John Benjamin
Catherine Sullivan
Jackie and Dave Parris
Kathy Louca
Mandy and Ken Kitchen

Notes: Photos available on request

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds Credit Union launches loan shop to fight back against pay day loans

Caption: The newly opened Leeds City Credit Union loan shop on Roundhay Road.

Leeds City Credit Union is taking the pay day loan battle to the streets as it opens the first ever credit union loan shop in Leeds.

The loan shop, located at 265 Roundhay Road will be known as 'Your Loan Shop' and will offer people the chance to speak to someone face to face about easy, affordable loans.

The shop will be able to offer savings to applicants of over £800 in the case of someone applying for a £1000 loan. A £1,000 loan from the credit union for 12 months will cost £135 in interest at an APR of 26.8%. An equivalent loan £1,000 loan over 12 months from a high cost lender* will cost £957 in interest at an APR of 299%.

People will also be able to sign up for a loan online at www.yourloanshop.com

The loan shop continues the work within the city around raising awareness of other, more affordable, local alternatives to pay day loans, which has included the 'Take a Stand' Campaign in late 2013 and the launch of the Money Information Centre website (www.leedsmic.org.uk) earlier this March, signposting people to finance and debt advice in Leeds.

Chris Smyth, Chief Executive of Leeds City Credit Union said:

“It’s time that we reclaimed our high streets from the high cost money shops that have plagued so many neighbourhoods in recent years.

“By providing affordable credit union loans we intend to significantly undercut the excessive rates of interest, that the high cost money shops charge.

“What’s more the credit union, unlike the payday and high cost loan shops, will take care when giving credit – we carefully check that a person applying for a loan can afford the repayments.

“We have designed the shop to be friendly and welcoming where people can speak to us with confidence about their borrowing needs. Visitors will be able to join the credit union too and gain access to our other services including savings schemes.”

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“We are working closely with Leeds Credit Union on the battle against pay day lenders in the city, and the new loan shop is yet another step towards making Leeds a pay day lending free city.

“We want to continue to encourage people to take advantage of responsible lenders in the city such as the credit union to get a better understanding of how they get out of debt, but also what other options may be available to them."

Notes to editors:

Leeds City Credit Union is a financial cooperative set up to give members access to affordable loans at a fair rate of interest and competitive savings plans. Credit Union members enjoy our straightforward, honest approach to their money.

Leeds City Credit Union is a community focused organisation with 33,000 members and is one of the largest in the UK

Leeds City Credit Union is a ‘Mutual’, meaning that it is owned members for member benefit alone.

Leeds City Credit Union Ltd is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Members savings are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, so the first £85,000 of a member’s savings are completely safe.

services@leedscitycreditunion.co.uk ,
0113242 3343

* Sources: Cost saving referred to above calculated by comparing the cost of a credit union loan repaid weekly over 52 weeks to a similar loan from Ladder Loans on 31.07.14. Note some high cost lenders charge considerably more.

For more information contact:

Chris Smyth
Leeds Credit Union
07920 116136


Cat Lindley
Leeds City Council communications team
07712 214224