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Can Sheffield be a city of fairness?

Ecclesall Road.

Ecclesall Road.

  • by Martin Smith Features Editor
 

SHEFFIELD has been challenged to become the fairest city in the country by 2023.

Following 10 months of research, interviews and analysis the Sheffield Fairness Commission will today launch its report revealing huge inequalities between the city’s haves and have-nots.

Disparities between affluent and poor are illustrated in the 85-page document by a bus journey from Millhouses to Burngreave showing that female life expectancy in S3 is 10 years less than in S7 and S11.

The investigation, commissioned by city council leader Julie Dore, contrasts an affluent south west and impoverished areas to the north east of the city and identifies inequalities in health and welfare provision, employment, housing, transport, education and aspirations.

Among the measures called for in the report are:

* A city-wide minimum Living Wage of £7.45 an hour

* Introduction of 20mph speed limits on residential roads

* Tackling the root causes of ill health in poorer communities

* Fair access to benefits and credit for all in need

* Better crime prevention planning

* Help for Sheffield’s 58,000 carers, 2,000 of whom are under 16s, some as young as 12

 

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