Council leader’s fight for fairer funding deal

Leader of Sheffield City Council, Julie Dore
Leader of Sheffield City Council, Julie Dore
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The leader of Sheffield Council has called on the Government to give the city a fairer deal.

Coun Julie Dore has hit out over the ‘disproportionate’ level of funding cuts she says the city has suffered at the hands of the coalition.

With further austerity expected, she has called for Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister to join her in a meeting with Secretary of State for Local Government Eric Pickles.

It comes following his offer to publicly congratulate Sheffield Council should it re-think its proposals to axe 16 libraries across the city.

Coun Dore said: “I would urge Nick Clegg to put party differences aside and join me in meeting with Eric Pickles to argue for a fair funding deal for Sheffield. If he is genuinely interested in saving libraries he will work to give Sheffield a fair funding settlement. If not his intervention on libraries will be seen as nothing more than empty words.

“We don’t want to see any libraries close, but the amount of funding we receive from the Government is being cut by half and this is meaning big changes for all services across the council.

“We have done everything we can in dealing with £180 million of cuts over the past three years to prevent fundamental changes to the library service.”