Leeds Counts

The People of Leeds did something amazing this year

Find out what
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First thing’s first -
Do you really live in Leeds?

Think very carefully about your answer…

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Yay! You’re already part of something great.

Living in Leeds, you’ve had an impact in ways you might not imagine.
One last thing, tell us the issue you care about most:

Leeds contributed 1.27% of the total UK aid budget last year

This 1.27% has made an incredible impact worldwide…

Calculating Leeds’ impact on the issues you care about…


About us

The Leeds Counts tool was developed by CAFOD, WaterAid, ONE and Global Citizen to help raise awareness about Leeds’ impact on some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

We believe in the power of one individual and one city to change the world. We hope that this tool helps the people of Leeds take pride in the impact their city has across the globe.

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How do we know Leeds' impact?

In order to determine Leeds’ contribution to the UK Aid budget, we used Leeds’ regional Gross Value Added (GVA) as a percentage of the UK’s total GVA as a proxy for Leeds’ estimated contribution to the economy. Given the UK government does not produce regional GNI, we have elected to use UK GVA as an equivalent measure to GNI.

The total calculation of Leeds’ contribution to UK Aid is as follows:

  • • Leeds total GVA is £21,951 million
  • • UK GVA less Extra-Regio is £1,729,082 million
  • • Leeds total GVA/ UK GVA less Extra-Regio = Leeds’ percentage contributed to ODA or 1.2659%

With an overall UK Aid budget of £13,933 million, Leeds’ portion of said budget is £176,378,000 or 1.2659% of overall ODA. Applying the figure of 1.2659% to general UK Aid statistics, we can determine numbers like the following:

  • • The UK delivered 1950 tonnes of emergency Relief
  • • 1.2659% of 1950 tonnes of emergency relief = 24.68 tonnes
  • • Leeds delivered 24.68 tonnes of emergency relief

We’re grateful for the support of the Office of National Statistics and volunteer scientists at DataKind who helped make our thinking robust.

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What should you tell them?

• You are proud of Leeds’ contribution to international development
• You support the government spending 0.7% or more of GNI on international aid.
• Your MP's decision to support international aid could influence your vote in the next election