Cost of living: 'The government just isn't doing anything' says Sheffield Lord Mayor

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The new Lord Mayor of Sheffield has pledged her support to the Our Kids Count campaign, and said she has plans to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

Sioned-Mair Richards, also councillor for Manor Castle, said: "The cost-of-living crisis in Sheffield is only going to get worse."

As a trustee of the S2 Foodbank, Coun Richards said they have been getting 10 extra referrals per week.

"That gives you an idea of what's happening."

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New Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Sioned-Mair RichardsNew Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Sioned-Mair Richards
New Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Sioned-Mair Richards

She said that many factors, including the £20 cut in universal credit and energy prices, have contributed to the cost-of-living crisis.

"The government just isn't doing anything. We're talking about working poor people. They say the way out of poverty is work, but clearly not from minimum wage work."

Talking about charities such as Baby Basics, she said: "It's one of those things where I don't want them to exist, but if they do I want them to be good.

"Baby Basics is a lovely charity who just gets on with it, with no frills."