Give Sheffield a fairer deal

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CHURCH leaders, voluntary groups and politicians from across Sheffield are coming together today to demand a better deal from the Government – as a third year of budget cuts looms.

The Fair Deal for Sheffield campaign says Sheffield Council, which is preparing to save £50 million in the next financial year, is having a much heavier cut per person than southern councils. Police and the fire service are losing officers when other services are being expanded.

The Government says council funding is complex, with some authorities facing only minor cuts because they are smaller and offer fewer services than a major council like Sheffield.

But the Right Reverend Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield, said: “All of our northern cities, deserve and need a fair share of our central government resources to thrive and flourish.

“I urge the Government to reconsider the unfair effect of the spending cuts on Sheffield and on the poorest in our communities.”

The Right Reverend John Rawsthorne, Bishop of Hallam, said: “It is more than clear, from our day-to-day experience, that the Government faces major questions of fairness in regard to its treatment of Sheffield.”

The campaign was launched outside the Town Hall today.