Labour promises a “stronger, fairer, more prosperous Sheffield” if re-elected
Sheffield Labour Party has launched its local election manifesto saying it wants to “build back a stronger city” following the pandemic.
The 12-page document sets out a range of ambitions which Labour would implement if re-elected.
An extra £2 million will be spent on the city’s 16 district centres to help businesses reopen safely, adapt and thrive as lockdown rules ease and to react to “specific demands” in each area.
Cycling, electric vehicles and home insulation all get a mention on pledges to tackle the climate emergency with a promise to invest millions to prevent flooding, combat air pollution, and protect the city’s ecology and wildlife.
There will be a £1m investment to provide community wardens and trial more CCTV to stop litter, graffiti and fly tipping. Staff will have extra enforcement powers to issue fines.
There’s a large £4m pot set aside for road safety while neighbourhoods get an extra 3,100 council homes and a crackdown on rogue landlords.
Youth services, which have been brought in-house at the council, will get an annual £2 million with improved support for young people, including more youth clubs.
Labour Council Leader Bob Johnson said the last year had had a major impact on everyone in the city and the loss of life was “truly tragic”.
“It is still too early to tell what the long-term economic impact will be, but we will always act to ensure that the greatest support goes to those most in need.
“Labour has an overall majority of councillors in Sheffield meaning we can set Labour-led objectives and policies by which the council is governed.
“We have been able to lead locally when this Tory government has failed to deliver – providing free school meal vouchers to 22,000 children over holidays; 6,000 laptops to children to access home schooling during lockdown, and additional support for residents struggling via unique Sheffield hardship schemes.
“Despite the difficulties this is also an opportunity to help build back a stronger Sheffield – with a city that is fairer, more prosperous, cleaner, greener and safer for everyone.”
The manifesto can be viewed here