Sheffield council backing ‘Fair Deal’ call

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Sheffield Council has added its support to the Fair Deal for Sheffield campaign after a 7,500 signature petition was presented to a full meeting of the authority.

The campaign, asking the Government for a ‘fair funding settlement’, is supported by voluntary, faith sectors, Labour MPs and councillors, and Sheffield residents.

Sheffield Council has faced £140 million cuts over the last two years, with £50 million more this year and more in years to come.

Campaigners say the cuts in Sheffield are much higher per person than in wealthy southern towns and cities - with Sheffield losing £200 per person by 2015, while councils such as Windsor and Wokingham lose less than £40 per person.

Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said they were not comparing like with like because the southern councils have much smaller budgets to start with.