Sheffield Green party politicians call for 50p council tax rise to protect services

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SHEFFIEld’s Green party councillors are urging a re-think on the city’s planned council tax freeze - and want to increase households’ bills by 50p a week.

Green Party politicians say the move would help stave off more budget cuts, and are calling on the council to ‘listen to Sheffield people’ and consider the small increase.

Coun Rob Murphy said: “Children and young people are not to blame for the cuts and it’s important their futures are protected.

“We have listened to petitions presented to the council with tens of thousands of signatures calling on it to protect local facilities.

“We think people should be given the opportunity to vote in a referendum to protect children’s centres, adventure playgrounds and Stocksbridge Leisure Centre.”

He added: “Council tax has been frozen in Sheffield for the last three years, but we need more money to keep much needed facilities. The coalition cuts threaten to destroy communities it’s up to the council to protect.”