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New Mayor visits West Yorkshire Housing Partnership to plan strong future for social housing

West Yorkshire Mayor, Tracy Brabin, visited Roundhay Road in Leeds today to discuss her plans for housing and meet staff working for West Yorkshire Housing partners.

Following her election on 10th May 2021, Tracy Brabin has wasted no time in getting out and about across the region to discuss her plans for the future.

Today, she had an important meeting with members of the West Yorkshire Housing Partnership, including the Chair of the Partnership, Chief Executive of Connect Housing, Helen Lennon, and the Vice-Chair, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Housing, Nick Atkin, to talk about her housing pledges.

Given partners’ commitment to addressing the climate emergency, it was encouraging to discuss Tracy’s plans to build more sustainable homes, reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. The housing sector will be a huge part of the effort to meet our sustainability targets in the region.

There were productive discussions on the creation of a Dementia Ready Housing Taskforce, and working collaboratively to reduce the impact of domestic abuse and homelessness in the region. These are all issues that are incredibly important to members of the partnership and are a huge part of the support services that organisations such as Connect offer, so it was positive to hear the mayor’s commitment and passion for them.

Chair of the Partnership, Helen Lennon, said:

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to meet the first Mayor of West Yorkshire and explore how we can work together on priority issues.

We have the skills and experience to help the Mayor develop new homes, tackle the climate emergency, create a dementia-friendly region and support those experiencing homelessness and domestic abuse.

The Mayor met with colleagues working within the West Yorkshire Housing Partnership, from apprentices to senior leaders, who specialise in those areas and we were pleased she was able to hear their views.

As social landlords we invest every day in local regeneration, improving health outcomes for people, tackling inequalities and supporting people into work and training. Our partnership demonstrates that we know that by working together we can achieve so much more.

We are well-placed to play our part in building a strong and successful future for the communities of West Yorkshire and we hope Tracy’s visit was the start of a productive working relationship with the Mayor.”

The creation of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority provides us with a valuable opportunity to be involved in creating powerful and lasting change for people across the region. We look forward to working with Tracy throughout her term as mayor and hope this is the first of many discussions on how we can bring West Yorkshire forward.

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