COMMENT: Time to engage in Sheffield City Region elections

I must confess that I am relatively new to these parts, having landed in Sheffield a couple of weeks ago to cover local government as part of the Local Democracy Reporter Scheme.
Clive Betts at Westminster.

Sheffield MP Clive Betts back in the Commons after stem cell transplant to treat cancer

A veteran Sheffield MP undergoing treatment for cancer says he is 'fully back in action' after making his return to the House of Commons.
A homeless person

'Joined-up working' plans to tackle Sheffield's homeless problems

Council chiefs have ruled out a night cafe to tackle Sheffield’s problem with rough sleepers and begging - instead recommending a more ‘joined-up approach’ to combat the city’s homeless issues.

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Sheffield Town Hall

Council change policy to prevent whistleblowers losing their job

Whistleblowers at Sheffield City Council will no longer fear losing their job if they raise a complaint after the standards committee approved a change of policy.

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One of Barratt Developments new homes

New build homes can save Doncaster homeowners £629 per year on energy bills

February was named the ‘deep freeze’ month; with below average temperatures and snow blanketing much of the UK, households across the country felt the chill.

Jonny Douglas outside the Mount Pleasant building

Sheffield council leaders rubber-stamp sale of Mount Pleasant

Leaders at Sheffield City Council have noted a report into a controversial plan to sell the Mount Pleasant building in Sharrow Lane to a care home provider.
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Margaret Thatcher

A momentary lapse of concentration

Hands up! A momentary lapse of concentration was responsible for my naming Pope John Paul as the speaker to the EU in Strasbourg (Veronica Hardstaff 13.3.18).

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Sheffield Town Hall

Take action in your 40s to prevent dementia

An unhealthy lifestyle in your 40s and 50s could contribute to dementia later in life, a health chief told councillors.

Julie Dore inset and Sheffield supertram

Sheffield misses out on transport funding but rest of South Yorkshire benefits

Sheffield has missed out on a slice of transport funding but Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley are all set to benefit.

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Councillor Rob Murphy

'One Yorkshire' is the way ahead, says Green candidate for Sheffield City Region

“I’m the man to take on the Labour Party machine - I have been a Green councillor on Sheffield City Council for a decade and I have a track record of beating Labour. I took my own seat from Labour and have held it for a decade.”

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Equipment at Wadsley Park Village playground is missing or vandalised

Mum frustrated by forgotten playgrounds

A Sheffield mum says her local playgrounds are old, tatty and neglected while cash is diverted into parks elsewhere in the city.


Things here will not change politically

I recently saw for the first time in the many years I have lived here, two individuals in regulation hard hats and high vis coats picking up litter on the Charnock estate and then to my surprise two days later two more people picking up litter on Manor Top.

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Hannah Kitching from Penistone is hoping to become the mayor for the Sheffield City Region. Picture: George Torr

Who is Hannah Kitching? Meet the Lib Dem candidate for South Yorkshire mayor

Lib Dem Hannah Kitching wants to propel South Yorkshire to the next level by overhauling the region’s transport and making the county a better place to do business.
The letter sent to Lib Dem Leader Shaffaq Mohammed

Lib Dem Leader "too young" to vote

The middle-aged Leader of Sheffield Lib Dems has been told he can’t vote in the local elections - until he turns 18!
Amelia Womack

Greens hope to make gains in Sheffield City Council elections

The Green Party has launched its election campaign for both the Sheffield City Council and Sheffield City Region mayoral elections.

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Sheffield named on hit list of Russia's nuclear targets in UK

Sheffield has been named on a hit list of Russia's nuclear targets in the UK.

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Sheffield Town Hall

Council saves money answering 101 calls

Sheffield Council has saved £50,000 by dealing with phone calls to the 101 service, rather than outsourcing them to the police.

Sheffield Liberal Democrats launch their 2018 local election manifesto

Lib Dems unveil local election manifesto

Protecting Sheffield’s trees is a key pledge in the Liberal Democrats’ local election manifesto.

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Dan Jarvis

'I'm the man for the job' says Dan Jarvis in Sheffield City Region mayoral race

Dan Jarvis says he is the man for the job - he has enough political clout to bring together four authorities into a unified region.
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Steve Howell was Labours deputy director of strategy and communications throughout the snap election campaign. Picture: Huw John

Star Interview: Sheffield council officer turned PR guru at the heart of a great political upset

Last summer the idea of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sweeping into 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister briefly became a genuine prospect.
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