How badly has Sheffield been hit by downturn?

Laura Devenish
Laura Devenish
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Retired civil service worker Ken Toulson, 70, of Walkley, said: “Sheffield has been hit hard, there are so many potholes in the streets for example, and it’s going to be hit more in the future.

“We need to talk to the Government and stop these cuts. If they created jobs then people would spend and pay taxes.”

Sheffield Hallam University student Tom James, 19, of Bramall Lane, said: “There’s quite a few rundown buildings in Sheffield and closed shops on the outskirts of the city centre.

“They should be opened and used by the community to help Sheffield get out of the recession.”

Mum Laura Devenish, 24, of Loxley, who went to work abroad after been made redundant from Lloyds TSB as a customer account manager, said: “Apart from my personal experience I don’t know if many people have been laid off so it doesn’t seem that bad.

“People need to be given a chance in other careers, my boyfriend wants to try something else from accountancy but can’t because he hasn’t got experience.”

Restaurant worker Charlotte Goddart, 19, of Hillsborough, said: “I think the city is suffering really badly.

“I work in a restaurant and it’s dire, it’s really quiet.

“People don’t want to go out and spend money they don’t have.”