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NEWS ROUNDUP: Addressing the digital divide & South Yorkshire mayor to step down

 

Addressing the digital divide and South Yorkshire Mayor says he will not run again in the 2022 elections.

Many people in Leeds are turning their backs on the internet due to affordability or language issues.

It follows a report which claimed around 25,000 people across the district had no access to the internet.

During a discussion on digital inclusion – an initiative to get as many people using the internet as possible – members of a council committee heard how many cheaper tariffs offered by broadband providers were still far too expensive for those living in poverty.

Work is on going to offer support for those who need it.

Working from home 
Council staff working from home should not come at the expense of services, according to Leeds city council.
Agile working plans remain in place as covid continues to make its way through the population.
Conservative Councillor Billy Flynn said more focus needs to be put on whether or not working from home helps to provide a better service, rather than where staff wished to work.
According to a document from Leeds City Council officers, recent staff surveys showed that “approximately 30 per cent” of staff that responded were currently unhappy with spending more time in the workplace.

It is believed this is mainly to do with being happy with their working arrangements at home and fears around Covid-19.

Mayor Dan Jarvis

South Yorkshire mayor Dan Jarvis will not seek another term in the role.

Ahead of the May 2022 mayoral election, he said the region now needed someone to “drive us forward over the next four years” and “that person will not be me”. He said he intends to remain as MP for Barnsley Central.

 

Additional copy by Richard Beecham, Local Democracy Reporter


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