Sheffield Fair Deal team visits number 10

Fair Deal for Sheffield campaigners outside 10 Downing Street with the 10,000 signature petition
Fair Deal for Sheffield campaigners outside 10 Downing Street with the 10,000 signature petition

A delegation of Sheffield’s political, faith and community leaders has presented a 10,000 signature petition to 10 Downing Street calling for the city to get a better deal from the Government.

The Fair Deal for Sheffield party travelled to London yesterday to highlight the ‘unfairness’ of government cuts to the city’s finances compared to other wealthier parts of the UK.

Campaigners claim Sheffield has been disproportionately affected by the Government’s public spending cuts compared to richer places such as Windsor, Guildford and Wokingham in the south.

Among those travelling to the capital were leader of Sheffield Council, Coun Julie Dore, the Anglican Bishop of Sheffield Rt Rev Steven Croft, Catholic bishop of Hallam Rt Rev John Rawsthorne, Abtisam Mohammed, chairman of Sheffield Black and Minority Ethnic Network, Sue White, chief executive of Voluntary Action Sheffield, Mohammed Aslam, chairman of the Madina mosque, and city MPs Paul Blomfield, Clive Betts and Meg Munn.

Before handing in the petition Mr Blomfield challenged treasury ministers in the House of Commons about the ‘disproportionate impact’ of the cuts on Sheffield.

But he said he was disappointed ministers ‘swerved the question’.

“It’s simply not right that we should be facing much deeper cuts than wealthier parts of the country. Our campaign will go on until they listen,” he said.

Coun Dore said: “It is unfair Sheffield should receive a cut of almost £200 for every person in the city, at the same time as some of the wealthiest areas of the country receive almost no cuts at all.

“The council has had to make cuts across the board and this is really beginning to hit the front line services we can provide.

“We hope the Government will listen to the people of Sheffield and give us the fair funding settlement that we deserve.”

The Fair Deal for Sheffield campaign is being backed by a wide range of city organisations.