Why we must listen to OAPs

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NEVER underestimate a Sheffield pensioner.

That is the clear message from the city’s Pensioner Action Group who will be marching on Saturday against means tested pensions.

They are also unhappy about the level of the state pension as they face rising living costs.

And they should be listened to because their concerns are not restricted to them. Paying the winter gas bill and putting food on the table are issues which affect us all.

And if you’re living off meagre pensions - under £80 a week in some cases - the issue comes more sharply into focus.

No wonder many feel hard done by. Britain has the third lowest pension in Europe and the basic level of £107.45 puts us behind Lithuania.

So when you see the pensioners protesting at Sheffield City Hall take a moment to consider their plight.

Pensioner poverty is too high and government needs to consider how those in need can be helped.

University is a strength for city

SHEFFIELD University has added a new accolade to its already impressive CV after being ranked the top institution of its type in the region.

According to the annual QS World University Rankings, looking at the top 700 universities in the world, Sheffield is in the top 100 - one of only 18 in the UK.

It caps an impressive year for the univesity, having already been named the Times Higher Education univeristy of the year, the top univesrsity as voted for by students and having the best IT services according to an independent student satisfaction survey.

Why does this matter? Because Sheffield has a growing international reputation - one that will enable it to attract investment for research and to entice overseas students to come and study here.

These students are a great marketing tool for Sheffield which not only can attract money to our local economy but also finance from the world of business.

Sheffield University is a great friend to the city and a powerhouse which we are all proud to celebrate.

Show goodwill

WORKERS at the city’s Dump-It recycling sites will today be asked to consider a new pay and conditions offer aimed at ending their industrial action.

We urge the staff to at least agree to suspend the action as a gesture of goodwill for the good of the people trying to use their sites.