We are looking at the issues surrounding poverty and inequality, its impacts on health and how we can improve this, how we can support businesses to create more better paid, secure jobs, and make the most of training and education in the city to meet local needs.

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Future Talent

Our Future Talent Plan has been created by the city to enable the right opportunities for people and businesses to thrive in a rapidly changing labour market. It sets out how we are working together with businesses and education providers to make sure the city benefits from a resilient labour force and strong talent pool.

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Child Friendly Leeds

Our campaign to make Leeds a child friendly city has grown to over 1,000 businesses and organisations who amplify the voices of children and put them at the heart of our economic plans. As our Child Friendly Leeds programme turns 10 years old, we have captured the Wishes of thousands of young people, such as being a city which reduces the impact of poverty. 

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Health and Wellbeing

We are committed to tackling health inequality, with our new status as a Marmot City enabling us to ensure that the circumstances in which people are born, grow, live and work do not unfairly put their health at a disadvantage. We recently launched a new Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy aiming to break the link between poverty and poor health, and a Healthy Leeds Plan which outlines how the health and care system will transform over the next five years to improve health outcomes for people.

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Strengthening Communities

100% Digital Leeds, the city's flagship digital inclusion programme works with over 200 organisations bringing over £2 million of external funding into the city. The third sector plays a major role in strengthening communities, providing access to opportunities, building skills, improving health and wellbeing and promoting inclusion.