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Leeds: inquiry into £4.8m taxpayer loan that got written off starts this week

An inquiry into what went wrong with a £4.8m taxpayer loan to a Leeds hotel project that ended up going bust gets under way on Wednesday. The loan, issued in March 2013 by local funding body, the LEP, has now … Continue reading

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Yorkshire daily papers’ print collapse continues on schedule

Print sales of Yorkshire’s regional daily papers have continued their collapse, according to figures released last week by the Audit Bureau of Circulation. Nothing too remarkable: the Yorkshire Evening Post (YEP) leads the latest slide with one of the biggest … Continue reading

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Leeds – council watchdog to hear official response to Burberry deal collapse

The fall-out from international fashion giant Burberry’s withdrawal from a proposed deal to build a new factory in south Leeds is going to get a public airing next week. One of Leeds City Council’s watchdog committees has called on a … Continue reading

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Revised Leeds housing target “may be in region of 55,000 homes” (not 70,000)

Controversial figures for the number of houses Leeds is going to need over the coming years look likely to be revised downwards later this year by a significant amount. The Labour council’s housing target of 70,000 new homes (from 2014-28) … Continue reading

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PFI waste contractor to pay Leeds council undisclosed sum for performance failure

Leeds City council has come to a financial agreement with its PFI waste contractor Veolia over targets the company has consistently missed since the facility opened. The £450m energy recovery and recycling facility in Cross Green Leeds became fully operational in … Continue reading

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York 4 – 1 Bradford, opera, bums on seats & other Arts Council funding tidbits

I realise it’s old hat to bang on about the amount that the two jewels in the Leeds arts crown – Opera North and Northern Ballet – get in funding from the Arts Council, but it is a bit odd, … Continue reading

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Which Leeds arts organisations have won what Arts Council funding? Here’s the list

It’s D-Day for those Leeds arts/culture organisations that have been looking for funding from Arts Council England as National Portfolio organisations. The funding was announced this morning. Here are some facts that catch the eye: Not far off two thirds … Continue reading

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