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A Fair Deal for Sheffield

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A delegation of Sheffield’s civic, faith, community and political leaders this week handed in the ‘Fair Deal for Sheffield’ petition, signed by around 10,000 local people, to Number 10 Downing Street.

The campaign was launched in January by Sheffield’s faith leaders, the voluntary and community sector, trade unions and local politicians to highlight the unfairness of the government’s cuts to the city compared to wealthier areas which are receiving much lower reductions in funding.

Thousands signed the petition to show their concern and anger about the unfair cuts, and to call on the government to give fair funding to Sheffield and South Yorkshire. The campaign also received the backing of a wide range of local organisations, charities, churches and individuals including Sheffield, and Sheffield Hallam, University Student Unions and the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright.

The delegation comprised Clive Betts MP, the Rt Revd Steven Croft - the Anglican Bishop of Sheffield, Paul Blomfield MP, Meg Munn MP, Mohammed Aslam - Chair of the Madina Mosque, Cllr Julie Dore - Leader, Sheffield City Council, Sue White - Chief Executive, Voluntary Action Sheffield, Abtisam Mohammed -Chair, Sheffield Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Network and the Rt Revd John Rawsthorne - the Catholic Bishop of Hallam.

Meg said:

“It is just not fair that the people of Sheffield are facing much deeper cuts than wealthier parts of the country. The Chancellor needs to consider the impact these cuts will have on the most vulnerable people in our city and the effects of the reduced support they will now be able to receive.”

Prior to the petition hand-in Paul Blomfield MP challenged Treasury Ministers about their current policies that hit Sheffield much harder than the wealthier parts of the country. You can view the response on the Parliament website at:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm130514/debtext/130514-0001.htm#13051435000353

 

Cllr Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield Council said:

“The council has had to make cuts across the board and this is really beginning to hit the front line services that we can provide. The city has come together in opposition to the unfair cuts we are receiving and have supported this petition to call on the government to give us a fair deal.”

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