The legacy of the Leeds 2023 European Capital of Culture bid should have a focus on community cohesion and development

Passed: May 2018 (3rd)

What's It About?

LUU to hold major stakeholders in Leeds 2023 to account to ensure what happens following the end of the official Leeds 2023 bid celebrates and benefits the welfare of everyone in Leeds.

Why Have You Proposed It?

Last November, it was announced that due to the UK's impending departure from the EU, Leeds will no long be able to host the European Capital of Culture in 2023. In January, Leeds City Council and the 2023 Independent Steering Group announced a £35m six-year investment programme, culminating in a year-long celebration of the city’s diverse cultures in 2023. It is brilliant to see the momentum from the bid not go to waste, but LUU needs to act as a 'critical friend' to the stakeholders of this programme, supporting them in their efforts while keeping them accountable.

Part of being a European capital of culture should be celebrating the diverse European cultures found within Leeds, which should be accompanied by a commitment to the the well-being of European migrants in the city. We ALL need to do more in terms of social policy and public services to prevent the social exclusion of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; especially those who are vulnerable European citizens in our city at the risk of discrimination and exploitation. The fact that there is no longer a badge of honour to win at the end means that this can be more of a priority.

Expires: May 2021 (3rd)

Submitted By: George Bissett

Officer: Community / Union Affairs / International

Area of Work: Council Services


June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again.

September 2019: Fits in with Community Officer Cat's aim to bring people together in the community.

June 2018: Brand new policy, but George - Community Officer - released a statement at the time of the announcement. The upcoming LUU strategy includes a lot of proposals for the Union to play a bigger part in city-wide events and we're looking at increasing an improving partnerships.