Fees decision to hit economy

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SHEFFIELD Hallam University’s decision to hold back from charging the maximum £9,000 for tuition fees will be seen as a gesture by many. For the limit set is just £500 below the maximum allowable. This comes shortly after Sheffield University decided to charge the full amount.

The decisions are, of course, bad news for students who face leaving university saddled with huge debts.

But there is a problem for Sheffield as a whole. For, put together, both decisions threaten dire consequences for the city economy which has grown to rely greatly on its student population.

Some forecasters predict that this could mean 18,000 fewer students in Sheffield in years to come, a massive cut in the population and a real blow to the local economy.

Now let’s recycle more than ever

AT last, the long-promised choice for Sheffield people to decide whether to use blue box or bin for recycled paper is about to be delivered.

The ruling Lib Dem council group bowed to public pressure after complaints that many people didn’t like the idea of piling paper into boxes rather than bins, having grown used to one method.

So it was agreed that people could decide themselves which to use for paper. But then the idea was stalled by prolonged negotiations involving council waste contractor Veolia who reputedly wanted a huge sum to comply with the change.

But now we are assured that the option has been approved at a lower price to council taxpayers. This is good news and we look forward to people now taking up the option to recycle more waste than ever before.

Heads we win

SHEFFIELD Assay Office stands for all the reliability and reassurances that come with the words ‘gold standard’.

So it will come as a surprise for some to learn that the organisation is planning to break down barriers, to push out the boat... to make history!

For it is to become the first assay office in history to hallmark coins. And what better reason than to commemorate a Royal wedding?

The whole process is so ground-breaking that the office is still finalising proposals with just a few days to be before the 1,000 limited edition coins are struck.

Approval was needed from the British Hallmarking Council before the Sheffield Assay Office could go forward with its plans to mark the 22 carat coins.

This continues Sheffield’s two proudest boasts - as guardian of time-honoured standards and as an innovator.

Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it?