Tory 'Shared Prosperity Fund' branded an insult by former MEP

South Yorkshire will only be receiving £22 million in funding from the UK government, compared to the £125 million it was set to receive from the European Union. This represents a massive cut in funding for a region that desperately needs it. It is clear that the UK Shared Prosperity Fund is not an adequate replacement for EU funding.

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3 Things to Know About Sheffield's New Food Waste Recycling Trial

We've all become familiar over the years with a blue and brown bins. But did you know that a THIRD of waste that goes in the black bin is actually food waste?

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Council's failure to act leaves families homeless

The Sheffield Liberal Democrats are demanding action as it became apparent that homes have been left empty due to the repairs backlog while 500 people are in temporary accommodation - and thousands wait for a council house.

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Families facing £1,300 bombshell from inflation and tax hikes

Families are struggling with the cost of living crisis and the Government has failed to act.

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Victory for food waste recycling!

Our fight against climate change has taken a huge step forward. We have succeeded in securing a food waste recycling trial in Sheffield!

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Electric Charging Points In Parks a Step Closer

In an effort to make small businesses more sustainable in the future, Lib Dem councillors have persuaded Sheffield City Council to move forward with plans to install electric charging points in parks. This plan will help vendors sell goods with electricity without the use of their engine - thus eliminating pollution and improving air quality.

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Labour-led Council Set To Cut £Millions From Repairs Budget

Sheffield Liberal Democrats have called the Labour-led council out as it emerged that around £5 million is due to be taken out of the council housing repairs budget. This comes just days after Lib Dem questioning revealed that there remains a backlog of over 5,000 repair jobs to be done on Council properties across the city.

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New 20mph zone for Woodseats

Graves Park Liberal Democrats are celebrating a victory after the council's Transport committee voted in favour of a new 20mph zone in Woodseats.

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Councillor Masters' two year effort finally pays off!

After two long years of hard work and dedication, Lib Dem Councillor Barbara Masters has successfully lobbied Amey to trial growing wildflowers on pockets of land with the view to this being rolled out across the city.

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The Liberals Democrats: putting people before politics

A little over a month ago, thousands of Sheffielders went to the polls and voted for a better future - they voted Liberal Democrat.

While Labour remain the largest party, with the new committee system in place, we now have a bigger influence in the Town Hall to stand up for our residents and help get Sheffield back on track.

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Liberal Democrats say Building Local Business Will Help Cost-Of-Living Crisis

Sheffield is currently in the grips of a cost-of-living crisis, with residents struggling to make ends meet. The Liberal Democrats have outlined their plans to help Sheffield get through the crisis. They believe that building a stronger local business base and ensuring residents have access to good jobs will be a fundamental-driver in helping Sheffielders through the crisis.

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Lib Dems call for Emergency Budget due to £400,000 a day overspend

Sheffield City Council is already £18 million over budget since the start of the financial year - equivalent to a £400,000 per day overspend. Lib Dems have now stepped in to call for an emergency budget at June's Full Council meeting so that the Conservative Government doesn't step in to appoint Commissioners to run the Council, similar to what happened in Rotherham Council following their failures to deal with the child exploitation scandal.

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Sheffield Liberal Democrats Launch Campaign to Tackle Labours Ticking Time-Bomb

The Liberal Democrats have officially launched their campaign in Sheffield. The party say that they are the only real opposition to the Labour and Green Party coalition currently running Sheffield that risks bankrupting the city within just a couple of years.

There has never been a more important time to vote and have your say on who runs Sheffield. Sheffield Lib Dems have a plan that would give millions of pounds of budget over to local areas via the Council's Local Area Committees. We want more decisions to be made locally and backed with adequate funding. We would provide residents with larger blue bins to recycle more carboard, collect food waste and turn it into green energy and recycle more plastics. We want cycling and walking to be safer across the city. We would prioritise use of brownfield sites to build the badly need new energy efficient homes rather than building upon our greenbelt. Our city can be regenerated by working with business and developing cultural and leisure venues, assuring they are accessible to all.

Sheffield Lib Dem leader Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed (left) with Cllr Joe Otten (right), Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of South Yorkshire

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Lib Dem Figures Reveal around 15,000 Households in Sheffield Could Miss Out on Council Tax Rebate

Thousands of families in Sheffield may miss out on the Government’s £150 council tax rebate to help with soaring energy bills, new figures have revealed

Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed, Leader of the Lib Dems on Sheffield City Council

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Lib Dems explain the danger with the Green Party's willingness to build on greenfield land in the Green Belt

Recently our Councillors have been writing to The Star explaining why protecting greenfield land in the Green Belt from development is very important. Unfortunately, the Green Party as part of the Labour/Green run Council disagree. We have pushed for a "brownfield first" attitude, where we regenerate and rejuvenate areas such as old factory and warehousing sites before we think about building on green fields.

The Liberal Democrats have been clear that when greenfield in the Green Belt is opened up for development, as Cllr Mike Levery (representing West Ecclesfield ward) writes in the Star on 23.2.22 "The reality is that once the plan is approved by government, you cannot manage the process. Developers can choose where they want to build first, and inevitably that is where they make the best returns........ Only when the opportunity for building on greenfield in the Green Belt has gone will developers get on with building the houses we need in this city"

Lib Dem Spokesperson Cllr Martin Smith (pictured above) said; “The choices made in the Local Plan will decide where a huge amount of development should go. It’s shocking to see some of the city’s coalition leadership say they want to build on more of our precious green space, increase traffic congestion and worsen our environmental performance.”

 

Read our Letters to the Star below:

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Lib Dems Welcome Investigation of Mine Source Heating in Sheffield

Sheffield Liberal Democrats are welcoming an investigation into the possibility of Mine Source Heating in the City to provide a more environmentally friendly way of producing energy as fuel prices rise steeply.

Lib Dem Councillor Barbara Masters is leading the calls for Mine Source Heating in the city.

Mine Source Heating works by taking the heat from water stored deep underground in former mines and using it to heat homes. The Liberal Democrats first raised the prospect at a meeting of the Council in October and are now calling for it to be looked at urgently as fuel prices continue to rise.

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Sheffield Lib Dems say Local Plan must protect the Greenbelt

Decisions about the long awaited Local Plan are being made - and Sheffield Liberal Democrats are leading the call to protect greenbelt areas around our city.  Senior members of the Labour and Green Coalition voted to build on more land in the greenbelt at a recent Council meeting. 

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Sheffield Lib Dems ask again for Better Public Transport

The local Liberal Democrats have written to Sheffield City Council Leader Cllr Terry Fox demanding that he works to improve Sheffield’s public transport in line with motions passed at a meeting of the Council in December.

Liberal Democrat Group Leader Shaffaq Mohammed said; “At this meeting we stepped up and passed these motions calling for better public transport, we would have appreciated the opportunity to debate the issues with the Councils Labour and Green leadership, but in their absence we believe that the people of Sheffield would want their concerns raised.”

Read the letter below:

 

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Lib Dems Call on Council chiefs to reconsider unpopular bus lane

The plans that would see bus lanes introduced on Abbeydale and Ecclesall Roads have attracted thousands of comments during consultation that has taken place over the last two months and the Liberal Democrats say it is time to reconsider rather than pushing ahead with the current disliked proposals.

Lib Dem Transport Spokesman Councillor Tim Huggan said; “These plans would have a major effect on many local businesses, making it harder for people to get to some of the city’s main shopping streets outside of the town centre. Whilst we support measures to strengthen public transport these plans are not right for these roads and need to be withdrawn"

“We want the South Yorkshire Mayor to move forward on the bus franchise model for public transport, that would lead to a regular, frequent and more reliable bus services for Sheffield Residents – Cllr Johnson should join us in those efforts.”

                                                             

 


Delays in Omicron Grants for the Hospitality Sector

In a new wave of funding from January 7th, up to £6000 is available for businesses in the hospitality sector. Sheffield City Council is currently working towards provision of the funding. In 2020 Sheffield City Council gave back around £16 million in unspent grant money to Central Government because it was not provided to businesses before the deadline. 

Lib Dem council group leader Shaffaq Mohammed said “What lessons have they learnt from last time? We’re sleepwalking into the same situation. It’s not the first time this has happened on Mazher Iqbal’s watch.”

“I urge businesses to come forward, engage with their local council and tap into these cash grants, which will help to cover costs and protect jobs as we double down on our efforts to get boosted and defeat this virus.”

Sheffield Star Link - Sheffield hospitality firms 'will go under' due to delays in Omicron grants councillor claims


Meadowhead Stadium Update and Survey results

Around 800 people returned our survey on the proposed stadium in Meadowhead. If you haven’t completed it yet, you can complete it at Meadowhead Survey. We will pass on any new reponses to Sheffield FC.

   

Local councillor Simon Clement-Jones met with Sheffield FC to present the findings of the survey. Sheffield FC have said they will attend a public meeting early next year to discuss their plans with local residents. 

Cllr Simon Clement-Jones welcomed this news. He said, “It’s clear from our survey that people are very split on the plans."

He added “It’s good that Sheffield FC have agreed to meet with local people to hear their concerns. As soon as the details of the meeting are finalised, we will let you know.”

 

 

 

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Lib Dems step in to ensure public's democratic right

Sheffield Liberal Democrats stepped in to ensure members of the public could still exercise their democratic right to ask questions of those in power as Labour and Green councillors refuse to do their job.

Empty Labour and Green seats at the Octagon Centre yesterday

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Labour and Greens fail to support call for Local Area Committees to be given more powers

The City Council’s Liberal Democrats are hugely disappointed to see a motion that they put to the City Council’s Full Council meeting to give greater powers and responsibilities to Council’s newly created Local Area Committees (LACs) be voted down by Labour and Green Councillors.

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We need more convenient conveniences in the city centre

In recognition of World Toilet Day on Friday 19th November, Sheffield Liberal Democrats have begun a campaign calling for more toilets with better disability access to be put into the city centre, claiming that free public conveniences have become nearly impossible to find in Sheffield in recent years.

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Sheffield Lib Dems back call for climate action now!

Local Lib Dems have backed a letter sent to the COP26 climate change summit signed by hundreds of local councillors across the country calling on more power for local government to tackle climate change.

Lib Dems at the COP26 march in Sheffield

Sheffield Lib Dems at the COP26 march in the city centre

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Concerns Raised by Lib Dems Around Traffic Caused by Clean Air Plan

Lib Dem councillors are supportive of the overall goals of Sheffield’s recently announced Clean Air Plan, which will involve charging commercial vehicles for using city centre roads.  However, the inclusion of the city’s inner ring road in the plan is more than likely to push traffic onto side streets that are less suited for large quantities of traffic.

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Council delay reflects ‘Can’t Do’ attitude say Liberal Democrats

The continued delay to the Council's scheduled November Full Council meeting shows that the Council is currently lacking leadership and a ‘can-do’ attitude.

The meeting that should have been taking place on Wednesday 3rd November was postponed due to not having a covid-safe venue to hold it in. So far, the Council have failed to rearrange the meeting or sort out alternative arrangements.

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Lib Dems launch food waste recycling petition

A food waste collection scheme first championed by the Sheffield Liberal Democrats has now been delayed by the Labour/Green coalition in control of Sheffield Town Hall.

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Sheffield's Labour-Green council won't introduce food waste collections until forced by the Conservative Government

Sheffield’s Labour-Green Coalition Council leaders have recently announced that they are not planning to introduce doorstep food waste collections until they are legally required to in 2023

 

Sheffield Lib Dem Cllrs Tim Huggan and Shaffaq Mohammed calling for food waste collections to begin as soon as possible

 
 
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Council Admits to Breaking Home Habitation Law

A question from Liberal Democrat Councillor Sophie Thornton at a recent Council meeting led to the revelation that the Council has been breaking the law.

Cllr Sophiie Thornton has been supporting Sheffield residents with their housing repairs

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