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Julie_and_Oliva_-_a.jpgOlivia Blake is the new Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council.

 

Councillor Blake was elected at a Labour Group meeting last night following Leigh Bramall’s decision to stand down as Deputy Leader two weeks ago. She was previously a Cabinet Adviser in the Health and Social Care Portfolio, a position she has held since May 2015.

 

Olivia was elected as a Councillor for Walkley in May 2014 and is highly regarded as a hard-working and effective ward councillor in her local community. 

 

For the first time ever Sheffield will now have a female Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council.

 

Councillor Olivia Blake, Labour Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council said:

“I am honoured that Labour Group have elected me as the new Deputy Leader of the Council. Leigh Bramall will be a hard act to follow as Deputy Leader but I am excited to have the opportunity to serve our wonderful city at such an important time. Working with Councillor Julie Dore I am committed to delivering Labour’s ambitious agenda to take Sheffield forward, to continue to stand up for Sheffield and fight the Government’s austerity agenda.” 


Councillor Julie Dore, Labour Leader of Sheffield City Council:

“I’m delighted to welcome Olivia as the new Deputy Leader. It’s important that we continue to have a strong team fighting for Sheffield and I am confident that with Olivia’s dynamism, hard work and determination she’ll do a great job for Sheffield. Olivia will bring a fresh approach and new ideas and I am really looking forward to working with her.”

Olivia Blake is New Deputy Leader

Olivia Blake is the new Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council.   Councillor Blake was elected at a Labour Group meeting last night following Leigh Bramall’s decision to stand down...

Mosborugh_Fracking.pngLabour councillors and members have been out force in Mosborough to speak to residents about the license given by the government to Ineos to carry out fracking in the area.

Whilst MP’s or local councillors do not have the power to say “no fracking here” – they do have the right to make sure that residents are fully informed and have their views represented to decision makers.

Labour MP Clive Betts is greatly aware that there is much confusion and concern about fracking in the area. Along with hardworking local councillors Tony Downing and David Barker he has set up a meeting for local residents. Also in attendance will be a representative from the Council’s planning agency and a spokesperson from an anti-fracking group. Crucially, Ineos will also be present to explain what they intend to do. 

All are welcome on Thursday 23 March at Mosborough Primary School, New School Road – start time 7.30pm.

Labour in Sheffield has been consistent in their opposition to fracking and have opposed it when and where they can. Last year Labour committed the Council to not permit fracking on Council-owned land and to reject approaches to do so.

Sal Young, local Mosborough resident (pictured left) said, ‘Labour councillors are committed to ensuring that any decisions over fracking should be taken by local communities and not by the government. I hope as many as possible will turn up – but if you can’t make it then please let our MP know your views or send questions to officeofclivebettsmp@parliament.uk

Fracking in Mosborough? - Have Your Say

Labour councillors and members have been out force in Mosborough to speak to residents about the license given by the government to Ineos to carry out fracking in the area....

CouncillLeighBramall.jpgor Leigh Bramall has announced that he is standing down as Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council, to take up a new role in communications having worked in this field before entering the Cabinet.   

Councillor Bramall has been a councillor for Southey since 2004. He has served in the Cabinet for nearly six years since May 2011 and as Deputy Leader of the Council for two years since 2015.

In this period Councillor Bramall has led the Business and Economy portfolio working to bring jobs and investment to the city. He has led a number of key achievements working with Councillor Julie Dore, the Leader of the Council, including securing the largest Chinese investment deal of any city outside London, the development of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, fighting for a Sheffield city centre HS2 station location, resurrecting the Sheffield Retail Quarter project and leading the campaign to establish Sheffield as the UK’s Outdoor City.  

Councillor Bramall will also be standing down as ward Councillor for Southey. 

Councillor Leigh Bramall, said:

“I have been privileged to have the opportunity to serve Sheffield, working on cementing the city’s economic future and ensure we are creating jobs, growth and investment opportunities. I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved, in the past year we have seen a number of very high profile businesses coming to the city, new developments being built and investors choosing to put their money into Sheffield.

“Sheffield is a special city and has many unique attributes with much to offer, this can be seen as we grow to become the country’s centre of Advanced Manufacturing and as the Outdoor City.

“After being in the Cabinet for six years and a councillor for 13 years, I have put everything into my job and love what I do. I remain 100% committed to the work of the Labour council. But I have to put my family first and now is the right time for me to move on. I am moving to a fantastic Sheffield company and feel this is a great opportunity for me to start a new chapter in my professional career which also allows me to stay in Sheffield, the city that I love.

“I would especially like to thank the people of Southey who I have represented for nearly 13 years. It has been an honour to serve the community, working with some fantastic people who make a real difference for the area.”

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council said: 

“Leigh has thrived in the Business and Economy Portfolio where he has made a real difference in driving forward some of the city’s key economic ambitions such as the Innovation District, the city centre and Outdoor City project. He is passionate and committed to Sheffield, it has been a pleasure working with him over the past 13 years.

“He has been dedicated to serving the people of Sheffield as Deputy Leader of the Council and given his all to the job. This inevitably takes its toll on your personal life and I completely understand and respect the decision he has made. I wish him all the best for his future career.”

 

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Neale__Ben_and_Olivia.jpgLabourSheffield have given the go ahead for a new road safety scheme in Hillsborough and Walkley thanks to campaigning by local Labour councillors Neale Gibson, Olivia Blake and Ben Curran. 

The junction at Langsett Road and Forbes Road will get a £390,000 upgrade – and hopefully make pedestrian injuries a thing of the past. The busy shopping area has seen eleven pedestrians hurt in accidents around the junction in the past five years.

The safety measures will be introduced in 2018/19, when major tram-track work is taking place in Hillsborough. This timing will mean minimum disruption in the area and better value for money.

Town Hall Transport Member, Councillor Mazher Iqbal, said: “Residents and local councillors have made a strong case for greater safety measures. Plans will be available soon – and we’ll be asking local residents to have their say on the final scheme.’

Labour’s Walkley councillors Neale Gibson, Olivia Blake and Ben Curran said, ‘We take road safety very seriously and we will continue to work hard to secure funding to make local roads safer”.

Safety First in Hillsborough and Walkley

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University_Arms_-_Cllr_Peter_Rippon_Billy_Taylor_-_Team_Manager_at_UA_and_JS.jpgOver the last few years, the secret has got out that Sheffield is fantastic place to enjoy a drink.  We have retained the purple flag status for our city centre – similar to the blue flag award for beaches – meaning that Sheffield’s city centre is a safe night out full of entertainment and exciting things to do, but also as the World’s Capital of Real Ale (as according to the New York times!) our pubs are going from strength to strength.

The council’s strategy of promoting the importance of real ale and championing quality pubs has really helped with branding Sheffield as a desirable location for beer enthusiasts. The current Sheffield Beer Week (until 19 March) is also part of this successful strategy.

But all of the promotion means nothing unless efforts are made not only preserve heritage pubs but make sure that they have a future as well, and this is exactly what the council are doing.

Last month the council rejected plans by Sainsbury’s PLC to turn the Plough Inn, in Croospool, into a convenience store and the University Arms is the latest of many pubs to be designated an ‘asset of community value’ (ACV), which helps prevent it from being closed down, sold off or redeveloped.

The pub, on Brook Hill, is a real ale pub located at the centre of the University of Sheffield’s campus and is owned and run by the University itself. Sheffield City Council approved the recent ACV application, and before this had been advising campaigners after their initial application was turned down.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Sheffield City Council, said: “I’m very pleased to announce that The University Arms has gained this community protection, and when better to do this than during Sheffield Beer Week, which is doing so much to put our city on the map.

“Sheffield is a great beer city and events like this highlight how passionate we are about our local pubs and celebrating Sheffield’s beer and real ale community.

“Designating The University Arms as an asset of community value will help protect its future use. We’re here to give advice about how more venues can gain this status and have approved a growing number of applications over the past year.”


Councillor Peter Rippon added: “The University Arms is a great pub and I enjoy coming here with friends. I hope we see more Community Value requests coming forward in the future.”

Sheffield Beer Week runs from 13 to 19 March. The event is now in its third year and will see more than 70 beer-themed events take place in venues across the city. Visit www.sheffieldbeerweek.co.uk for more information.

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The 9 Labour Councillors for Park & Arbourthorne, Manor Castle and Richmond have added their voices to the protest against the proposed closure of the Eastern Avenue Job Centre.

 

Councillors see a more expensive and poorer service resulting from the proposed closure and are unhappy with the short consultation period organised by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

 

They are calling for additional discussions between the DWP and the Council to achieve real improvements for local residents.

 

You can read their full submission to the DWP here.

Job Centre Protest Mounts

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NHS.jpgSheffield City Council debated the current crisis facing the NHS and social care at the Full Council meeting earlier this month, as it is now well established that the current pressure on NHS services and adult social care is almost unprecedented. The Sheffield Labour Group acknowledge this but want to stress that health and social care staff should be thanked for their tremendous hard work and dedication; as it is not staff who are to blame for the continuing crisis at the NHS, but a government who consistently fail to fund our healthcare.


However, additional funding needs to be provided and Labour councillors in Sheffield support calls for the government to provide this. The current crisis in social care is letting down thousands, and this government’s failure to fund social care is also having a huge knock-on effect to the increasingly under pressure and under resourced NHS.

 

In Sheffield we can see how difficult it is for cash-strapped NHS Trusts, in the face of rising social care costs, with recent developments at the specialised dementia service Hurlfield View. Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Trust (SHSC) are pulling out of their contract to run Hurlfield View citing unaffordable rising costs. However, Sheffield City Council have worked hard to line-up replacement services, with all the replacement services currently assessed as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (the same rating as Hurlfield View), and the day care and respite care providers already have experience and expertise in supporting people with dementia. The services will be spread across the city and may mean that care is a lot closer to home for many.

 

The council have acted to make sure that dementia services are being provided to the same high quality, but the fact that an NHS trust is no longer able to run a service such as Hurlfield View demonstrates that the government need to provide more funds to local authorities and NHS trusts to run social care services.

 

This is why Labour councillors has been calling on the government to do more, but earlier this month at the Full Council meeting Liberal Democrat Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed moved to delete the Labour motion calling on the government to support calls for £700 million be provided nationally in urgent response to the current health and social care crisis.

 

In response Labour Leader Julie Dore said “the Liberal Democrat attempts in council tell you everything you need to know about them: in the papers, on radio and on television they talk about the need to fund our services but when Labour councillors attempt to put pressure on the government, who are starving our social care services of funds, the Liberal Democrats oppose this! Seemingly they haven’t learnt a single lesson from their Coalition days in government”.

£700 Million Needed in Sheffield For Health and Social Care

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1702JobCentrePetition.jpgLabourSheffield opposes the DWP’s closure of Eastern Avenue Jobcentre in Manor Top. The government have proposed that employment services and benefit advice should be transferred to Jobcentres in the city centre; either Cavendish Court or Baily Court.

 

70 jobs are at risk and Labour believe there are major questions about whether claimants will be as well supported by a newly reconfigured service potentially much further afield for claimants.

 

Cllr Leigh Bramall states: “I strongly oppose these proposals, as I believe they will have a damaging impact on how vital employment support is provided. There is a need for these services to be as close to people to as possible. The proposals do nothing for forming a serious joined-up strategy of how employment services should be run, and is yet another example from this government of financial short-sightedness"

 

Cllr Bramall goes on to add "I am concerned at the impact the closures will have on claimants - including increased travel times, additional costs, and accessibility issues – and am worried for staff who must be very anxious about their jobs. There are around 70 jobs in danger and in even if these jobs are relocated, and I sincerely hope they will be, it is taking a large amount of workers out of the local community at Manor Top and this will impact on the area and local businesses.

 

It is a bad decision by this government which will become evidently worse as Universal Credit continues to be rolled out, as people who are in work will have to attend interviews at Jobcentres. 

 

I do not believe that these plans have been thought through. The Government needs to reconsider its proposals and I fully support the work of Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), Louise Haigh MP and the national Labour Party in their efforts to get the government to reconsider. And I want to give assurances that our Council will be lobbying the DWP hard for a rethink".

Labour Fights Job Centre Closure

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voting.jpgFull timetable and membership details have now released for the forthcoming election for leadership of the Labour Party.

 

They are available on a Party Hub website which can be found here. The website will be updated with any further announcements – so do please check back.

 

If you have any queries then please contact leadership2016@labour.org.uk or call 0345 092 2299.

 

Thanks to all who attended the LabourSheffield Annual Meeting this week for the thoughtful debate on the current leadership election. It was good that views could be expressed with conviction without any loss of respect or consideration for differing opinions. There will not be any party meetings until the leadership issue is resolved but hope that members and supporters will maintain these same standards if they are debating issues in the run up to the 24 September result.

 

In the meantime LabourSheffield MPs and councillors will be working as hard as ever to represent you, deal with your issues and Stand Up For Sheffield in these challenging times.

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Lisobel_bowler.jpgabourSheffield will today say farewell to Cllr Isobel Bowler who died on 28 June following a brave battle with cancer. The funeral takes place later today at Sheffield Cathedral.  Isobel leaves a teenage daughter, Mary, and her husband, Richard. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this horribly sad time.

Labour Leader Cllr Julie Dore said, “Isobel was a charismatic and popular councillor, who was devoted to her job as a ward member for Mosborough and as a Cabinet Member. She was no-nonsense, practical and always backed up her words with action.”

Isobel, an Oxford University graduate, lived in Fulwood and played an active part in the Sheffield community, being a governor at Westways School in Crookes. Following a long career in the public sector, she became councillor for Mosborough ward in 2010 and was named Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure two years later, a role that reflected her huge appetite for life.

Farewell to Isobel

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