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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...

171018_Universal_Credit_2.jpgThe Government’s roll out of Universal Credit is causing debt, poverty and evictions. Yet the Tories push on regardless. 

 Citizens Advice has described Universal Credit as a “disaster waiting to happen”

 Housing Associations report an increase of up to 50 per cent in the eviction of tenants with rent arrears due to Universal Credit

 Even former Tory Prime minster, Sir John Major, described Universal Credit as “operationally messy, socially unfair and unforgiving”

 Some working families will be up to £2,600 a year worse off under Universal Credit

The changes to benefit payments will see benefits going to the claimant rather than straight to the landlord, as was the established system. This change was originally piloted for council homes in Sheffield, and in the piloted areas there was a 43% increase in arrears, and this was for people who were not in arrears beforehand.

The Council could now face a huge shortfall which will have a significant effect on the ability to build and repair council homes. The council has already had to make millions of pounds of provision for loss of income.

Councillor Mohammad Maroof, Nether Edge & Sharrow, says “Our Labour council has been clear with our concerns for some time about the proposed changes to Universal Credit. We believe the changes could have a devastating impact on the most vulnerable – a large proportion of whom will be single parents and/or from the BME community - and this must not be allowed to happen". 

“We have seen already that Labour have forced the government into scrapping the 55p a minute telephone call service for people calling for help affected by the benefit changes,”

Fellow Nether Edge Councillor Jim Steinke added, “I find it incredible that the government are pressing ahead with the roll-out of Universal Credit despite the widespread outcry. It is even more incredible that they are doing so given that they are closing job centres, such as Eastern Avenue, and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau are unlikely to be able to cope with an increased demand”

Sign Labour’s online #FixUniversalCredit petition – Or you can download and print a #FixUniversalCredit Petition – please send completed petition forms to LabourSheffield, T&LC, Talbot Street, Sheffield S2 2TG

LabourSheffield says #FixUniversalCredit

The Government’s roll out of Universal Credit is causing debt, poverty and evictions. Yet the Tories push on regardless.   Citizens Advice has described Universal Credit as a “disaster waiting...

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The work of Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings continues.

His recent monthly report covers a wide range of developments across South Yorkshire and is available here.

A member of the Independent Ethics Panel, Sheikh Dr Mohammad Ismail, has been made Deputy Lord Lieutenant for South Yorkshire. The appointment recognises all the work Mohammad has done over the years not just for the Muslim community, but for community cohesion and interfaith understanding in the wider community of South Yorkshire. Dr Ismail is an imam and scholar who works as chaplain to the University of Sheffield.

You can sign up for monthly PCC reports by completing the email sign up form here.

If you have any issues that you would like to raise then you can contact Alan in the following ways.

Write to Alan Billings at South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ground Floor, Carbrook House, Carbrook Hall Road, Sheffield, S9 2EH – telephone on 0114 296 4150 or email at info@southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk

Alan Billings PCC Update

The work of Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings continues. His recent monthly report covers a wide range of developments across South Yorkshire and is available here. A member...

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