Give us a fair deal on Council Tax

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MPs will be asked to highlight how Sheffield’s Government funding compares with other cities – as councillors agreed £63 million in cuts.

Council tax is set to rise by almost two per cent for thousands of city households next year, around 100 jobs will be axed and services cut after Sheffield Council’s cabinet agreed its 2015-16 budget. Cuts will also affect park maintenance and subsidies to Sheffield Theatres and Museums.

And charges for pest control, allotments and bereavement services for residents will rise – although parking fees will be frozen and councillors will not take an increase in allowances. Now councillors have requested a new report to look into how the Government’s financial settlement compares to that of other authorities. Sheffield’s six MPs will be sent the report to raise the matter in Parliament ‘on behalf of Sheffield people’ and see if the city is getting a fair deal.

Council chiefs in Barnsley also agreed their budget – including the closure of children’s centres, 400 job cuts and a tax rise.

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