How city plans to respond to challenges

Air pollution above Meadowhall from Wincobank Hill during recent warm sunshine.
Air pollution above Meadowhall from Wincobank Hill during recent warm sunshine.
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Sheffield is proposing to bring down pollution through a ‘low-carbon agenda’ – such as by encouraging energy-efficient buildings and public transport use.

But the report does not explain how deep-seated problems such as pollution affecting residential areas close to the M1 in Tinsley can be resolved.

Sheffield Council is ‘actively reviewing options’ for a low- emission zone, in an attempt to cut general traffic pollution, which could cover an area such as within the inner ring road.

Bus operators are being encouraged to modernise their fleets to reduce the amount of diesel pollution, which is high in several areas of the city centre such as Fitzalan Square.

And the council’s commitment to part-funding apprenticeships was highlighted as a way of reducing long-term unemployment among under-25s.

But the report warns inequality, poverty and deprivation could worsen due to continued government austerity measures. The report also shows how a ‘combination of welfare cuts, strict benefit sanctions, unemployment and low wages’ are hitting the poor.

State of Sheffield author Prof Gordon Dabinett said: “Growing numbers of people are unable to access enough food. At least 11 food banks are known to be operating.”

He also highlighted how women are paid, on average, 9.6 per cent less than men, while there are ‘an increasing number of under-25s who have not worked at all’.

As well as an expansion of advanced manufacturing, Prof Dabinett believes ‘low-carbon industries’ could provide new jobs.