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This weekly news bulletin offers a quick round up of what's happening on social media.

Edition 33

Clean air is for life

As Leeds marks national Clean Air Day we're all being encouraged to ask "what can I do?" Clean Air Leeds is about working together to improve the health of our city. So on Clean Air Day let's make sure we understand the facts about air pollution and early death and decide to do something about it

Some great community activity spotted today, too, as people come together to make changes: Play streets, Leeds UniversitySt Paul's and Alwoodley pupilsLeeds Living, PCSO Nicola, and don't forget Wozzy!

Cleaner vehicles work goes on

You may have seen the news that Clean Air Charging Zones in Leeds and Birmingham are delayed as the government cannot deliver digital systems on time.  

 

Despite this delay Leeds will continue to financially support owners of affected vehicles switching to less polluting models that will not be charged, as doing so is the best way to improve air quality prior to the charging zone’s introduction. 



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Evening Post says Headingley stadium First Class

That's what we call a proper headline!  Two special celebrations are coming up for the new-look Emerald Headingley Stadium. It also features in our summer of Leeds World Class Sport: four #CWC19 matches start tomorrow with England v Sri Lanka followed by an Ashes Test. Don't forget the Millennium Square fanzone too, for the full Cricket World Cup carnival experience.

Councillors pose with UCI flag

...and the UCI Road World Championships are less than 100 days away from Leeds!  Councillors Judith Blake and Mohammed Rafique accepted a giant flag to fly above Civic Hall. Leeds will host the start of the elite Men's Race on Sunday 29 September.



Reducing food poverty

After just one year, the Leeds Food Partnership (LFP) is celebrating winning a prestigious accolade, The Sustainable Food Cities Bronze award.


Women engineers

Celebrating women in engineering this week, led by our colleagues in @Leeds_Highways




People helping people




30 hours free childcare for working parents

Do you know the benefits that using 30 hours childcare can have for working families? Claire from Leeds shares her story, in this short film, of how #30hours childcare helped give her back her independence. 

Schools calendar updated

The Leeds schools calendar for both 2019 and 2020 has been updated to reflect next year's May bank holiday being moved to mark VE Day.

Adoption success

Our pioneering regional adoption partnership is bucking the national trend. One Adoption West Yorkshire approved more adopters for children in care across the region over the past year than in the previous year.



Clean air day for geeks?

Thought we should bookend our Clean Air day edition with this: Leeds' own Open Data Institute using their innovation, insight and shared data to help people get around our city and region more easily in future. #SocialPioneers