Leeds today: anger management, poverty, incinerator, poetry, mill & adoption.

A school in Chapeltown is offering anger management classes to its students (YEP). Ok, it’s perhaps a little extreme. Except this is a primary school, and the students are five years old. Apparently there is a real behaviour problem in the school according to Ofsted – 40 children were excluded last year.

The group behind No2Incinerator have unearthed that the company selected to run the incinerator is currently subject to a class action lawsuit in New York by shareholders who were allegedly mis-sold shares because “Company’s financial statements were materially false and misleading” (amongst other reasons). A spokesperson for No2Incinerator said:

“This is not the first time Veolia have been accused and prosecuted for financial wrongdoing. We cannot believe they are a trust worthy company and question the City Councils financial judgment in choosing Veolia to process waste in Leeds.”

In the interests of balance it is worth pointing out that many, if not most global companies have shareholder-led lawsuits against them somewhere in the US.

The architect in charge of Trinity has quit, according to the Yorkshire Post. Land Securities are keen to point out that 66% of the build has been let or is in the hands of solicitors and everything will continue as normal.

In the YEP is a report on Mike Chitty’s Disrupting Poverty workshop that BGL has regularly mentioned. The Results Factory seems to have been successful, discussing things like “The number of families who are not claiming all the benefits to which they are entitled, which is forecast to rise as the Welfare Reform Act kicks in”. (A different source has pegged a rise in the cost of benefits by £12bn if everybody only claimed what they were entitled to and there was zero fraud.)

More of Simon Armitage’s ‘stanza stones’ are being worked on up on Ilkley Moor, reports the Northerner. The stones carry poems by the Marsden-born poet and writer and will eventually number seven, taking a path between Marsden and Ilkley.

Messages Across Leeds will be in Armley Library tomorrow. The project, which aims to get everybody writing and designing postcards to anybody else in the city – like the mayor, or the people in general – will eventually have the most creative compiled in a book. This looks like a fun project.

Speaking of Armley, the currently installed artist, Luke Wilson, will be finishing his residency this weekend. Luke will be at the mill on Friday and Saturday and will be happy to discuss his sound-based work and let people have a play.

Bound to cause controversy, despite being a bloody good idea: LCC has organised a special open day to coincide with the first LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week next month (YEP). With adoption rates at a ten-year low it is vitally important to find loving homes for children in care, and the gay & lesbian community in Leeds has been of great help and support to fostering services in the city. The event will take place 7pm on Tuesday, February 21, at the South Leeds City Learning Centre, Gipsy Lane, Beeston.

Yesterday was not a good day for Hull & Sheffield museums, as they had bids for Arts Council funding rejected. Leeds and York, however, were successful in their bids (YP). No real details on the Leeds museum bid yet; we hope to have more tomorrow.

Finally today, Leeds blogger and singer Tessa Smith writes about her recent experiences at cultural phenomenon Bettakultcha. Sounds like she enjoyed it!

That’s it for today! Thanks for reading and we’ll be back with you tomorrow.

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