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Brexit.jpgSheffield’s Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber writes:

‘People keep saying to me that it must be terrible in the European Parliament discussing Brexit all the time. But the truth is that it’s Westminster that is consumed by Brexit - our EU partners have other, more pressing, issues on their plate.

Yes, they are sad to see us go, would be pleased if we stayed, but a hostile Russia on the EU’s borders, political uncertainty in Germany, the migration crisis, instability in the Middle East, terrorist threats, and anchoring the improved economic situation in the Eurozone all loom larger for them. 

Meanwhile, as the budget shows, the government has no answers on the things the public really care about: stagnant wages, housing, underfunded health and public services, elderly care.

The government’s own figure shows a £60bn gap in the books compared with March 2016 - further proof that ordinary people are paying the price of Brexit and it’s the Tory Europhobes, not EU leaders as David Davies claimed, who really are putting politics before prosperity.’

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Brexit Obsessed Britain Missing the Plot?

Sheffield’s Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber writes: ‘People keep saying to me that it must be terrible in the European Parliament discussing Brexit all the time....

Crime1.jpgHeeley Labour MP Louise Haigh, spoke out after the Government's budget was unveiled by the Chancellor. The Shadow Policing Minister warned that continued funding cuts 'will break the police' and pointed out that South Yorkshire Police had lost one quarter of its officers since 2010.

The Government offered no extra funding for the police service, despite warnings from senior officers that forces are at risk of losing a further 6,000 bobbies. Louise said, "This budget proves the Government cannot be trusted to keep our communities safe. Thanks to years of Conservative cuts, police numbers are at historic lows, at a time when crime is rocketing. You can’t protect the public on the cheap." She added: "This is the grim legacy of seven years of Tory austerity - dedicated police officers fighting hard to keep the public safe with fewer officers per head than ever before. Labour will recruit another 10,000 new police officers to help keep us safe."

Labour Party figures suggest there were 2,915 police officers employed in South Yorkshire in 2010 compared to 2,362 now - a 23 per cent reduction. They also show that over the last two years, South Yorkshire Police's budget has dropped from £189,943,793 in the 2015/16 financial year compared to £186,431,848 this year.

South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, said the force has had to make savings of £73 million over the last seven years. "This has resulted in big losses of police officers and staff and stretched the service. Neighbourhood policing is being put back, but it cannot be at old levels of service. The police are doing what they can with vastly diminished resources and in conjunction with partners. We are just putting the budget together for next year but expect that substantial savings will still be necessary."

Thin Blue Line Getting Thinner Under the Tories

Heeley Labour MP Louise Haigh, spoke out after the Government's budget was unveiled by the Chancellor. The Shadow Policing Minister warned that continued funding cuts 'will break the police' and...

yearstolife.jpgTough austerity measures are leading to people dying at a younger age in Sheffield, a shock report has revealed.

Greg Fell, director of public health for Sheffield, highlighted in his report 'Adding life to years and years to life' how the real cost of financial cuts is resulting in people's lives being cut shorter. The document showed that there has been "very little improvement" in women's life expectancy over the last 15 years. The picture is worse for Sheffield’s men as there has been an actual decrease in average life expectancy from 78.8 years in 2012-2014 to 78.7 years for the most recent period of 2013-2015.

Councillor Adam Hurst, West Ecclesfield, raised this issue at the Council’s October meeting saying, “We have known for some time that austerity, the programme of government cuts since 2010, is almost certainly robbing us of life. Consistently rising life expectancy should be something we all take for granted – and yet the UK is the only major country in the world to have seen such a dramatic stalling of life expectancy, and the quality of this life, over the last seven years.

“There is nothing inevitable about life expectancy having to stop improving - rather this is direct result of policies enacted by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats since 2010.

“In Sheffield we will try to do everything we can to stem this tide and this is why I am pleased that our Labour council is updating the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, to take a much more in-depth look at how as a council we can improve health and wellbeing in the city”

It is now well established that the country is in the midst of crisis in Adult Social Care but it should also be noted leading charities, religious groups and public figures contend that austerity is also bringing about a crisis in care for children, and young families, which is just as dangerous.

This is something Councillor Dawn Dale, Shiregreen and Brightside, knows all about. Councillor Dale is a former Sure Start worker and she continues to work closely with families in communities. Councillor Dale highlights some of the measures underway by Sheffield’s Labour council to help children and young adults but that, due to austerity and severe government cuts, many children and young adults are still suffering in the city.

Councillor Dale:  “We know that the current government, and the Coalition before them, are badly letting down our children. Under Labour this council will always do everything we can to fight government cuts and make sure that our spending goes as far as possible.

“A key target of this council is to build on our early years prevention work – making sure we are proactively providing the support that so many depend on. We are having great success in this but we can’t hide the fact that national policies and funding cuts are really hurting us”

 

Austerity Kills

Tough austerity measures are leading to people dying at a younger age in Sheffield, a shock report has revealed. Greg Fell, director of public health for Sheffield, highlighted in his...

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