Thousands back demand for a fairer funding deal for Sheffield

Paul Blomfield, at the front in the red scarf, joins supporters at the launch of the petition.
Paul Blomfield, at the front in the red scarf, joins supporters at the launch of the petition.
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THOUSANDS of people have backed calls for A Fair Deal for Sheffield.

Church leaders, voluntary groups and politicians from across Sheffield launched a petition to demand a better deal from the Government – as a third year of budget cuts looms.

Campaigners also want it endorsed by Sheffield Council – and council members will now debate the petition’s contents after it reached the required 5,000 signatures before it is handed in tomorrow.

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central, said: “The response from Sheffielders to the petition shows the deep concern and anger so many people feel about the Government’s unfair cuts.

“People have signed it in large numbers to say we want a fair deal for our city.

“I hope Sheffield Council will now endorse it and the campaign can continue to grow and attract support.”

The petition to Prime Minister David Cameron calls on him to ‘review your Government’s policies and give Sheffield and South Yorkshire the fair funding we deserve’.

By mid-afternoon today, it had attracted more than 6,950 signatures.

The campaign says the council, which is preparing to save £50 million in the next financial year, is having a much heavier cut per person than southern councils.

Police and the fire service are losing officers when other services are being expanded.

The Government says funding is complex, with some authorities facing only minor cuts because they are smaller and offer fewer services than major councils like Sheffield.

The Right Reverend John Rawsthorne, the Catholic Bishop of Hallam, said: “Thank you to the people who responded to the request to add their signatures and to note that it’s still not too late to do so.”

To sign the petition, visit