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Labour Councillors were in the Peace Gardens on Monday to promote their new Manifesto for the upcoming local elections.

The local election Manifesto - “Forging Fairer Futures” - sets out the policies the Labour Councillors believe will create a fairer, more prosperous future for Sheffield.

These elections are Sheffield’s opportunity to send a clear message to the Conservative Government: that we have had enough of government cuts to vital services, from hospitals to schools. Austerity has hit our council too hard.

We know that this is a political choice, one that could be reversed tomorrow. £430 million has been taken from the council’s budget since 2010. That has meant deep cuts to services which we did not want to make, and that would not have happened under a Labour government and will be reversed under a new Labour Government.

We are seeing a turbulent time in politics and we are facing emerging challenges as a city. But this manifesto makes a positive statement and reaffirms our commitment to shaping a fairer Sheffield.

Fairness means that no matter where you are born in the city, you will have the best life chances and opportunities. The manifesto shows that we will continue to invest in people in this city where we can, and that this is best way to promote fairness and bridge the inequality gap that has been made so much worse by Tory policies.

We hope that wherever you live in Sheffield you will vote for our Labour candidates, who are all committed to putting this manifesto into action. Together, we can forge fairer futures.

You can download the 2018 LabourSheffield Manifesto here -  Forging Fairer Futures

Forging Fairer Futures

Labour Councillors were in the Peace Gardens on Monday to promote their new Manifesto for the upcoming local elections. The local election Manifesto - “Forging Fairer Futures” - sets out...

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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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."

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