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Sheffield’s future workforce to showcase their skills

Young people inspired to boost their skills and take on career-enhancing apprenticeships will be able to meet potential employers at an event next week. The Sheffield City Region Skills Made Easy Programme is encouraging as many employers as possible to showcase apprenticeship opportunities for students studying in the final year of their GCSEs or A Levels at the ‘Apprenticeships – ...

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Sheffield – a city of choice

Sheffield First Partnership has released its latest findings into what it is like to live, work and learn in Sheffield. The State of Sheffield 2014 report tells the continuing story of the city’s development, providing an overview of what is happening, how things are changing and how Sheffield is faring compared to other cities. Sharon Squires, Director of Sheffield First ...

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Contraband tobacco fines not to be sniffed at

Two illegal tobacco traders have been ordered to pay substantial fines following prosecution by Sheffield City Council Trading Standards. 278 packs of contraband cigarettes and 23 packs of hand rolling tobacco were seized from two shops during an operation in which seven retail premises were visited by Sheffield City Council Trading Standards, South Yorkshire Police and two sniffer dogs. Mr ...

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Council issues rogue trader warning

Sheffield City Council is warning householders against employing people who call at the door offering building work or general repairs. The warning comes in the wake of the continuing bad weather across our region and at a time when many householders will be looking for reassurance about the condition of their homes, most commonly roofs, guttering and fences. Sheffield City ...

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Sheffield graduate plan nominated for education award

A unique programme designed to connect talented graduates with innovative businesses in Sheffield has been shortlisted for a national award. The RISE programme which supports local businesses to find and keep talented graduates has been shortlisted for a national higher education award for employability from the Guardian newspaper. Sheffield’s two universities produce 19,000 graduates every year, and although the city ...

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Dig deep for our Women of Steel

It has been a year since Sheffield City Council launched the ‘Women of Steel’ fundraising appeal, calling on people to come forward to help raise £150,000 for a permanent memorial to Sheffield’s inspiring women. Already just over two thirds of the funding target has been raised. The Council is renewing its plea for Sheffield residents and businesses to get involved ...

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Weather damage – update in the highways

The Streets Ahead team worked throughout the night to clean-up damage from the high winds that battered the city. The clean-up is ongoing and extra teams are being brought in to complete the clean up operations as quickly as possible. So far we have had reports of: More than 40 trees blown down with a very large number of reports ...

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Budget balanced but changes will be felt for years

The books are balanced to meet budget demands – but the costs will be felt for many years to come, say Council leaders. Last autumn Sheffield City Council outlined its financial position highlighting deepening budget cuts for the next five years. Since then the Council has been consulting with Sheffield people on its budget proposals for 2014/15 to meet the ...

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Sheffield joins race to hold first same sex marriage

This Valentine’s Day, Sheffield is joining the race to be the first UK city to hold a same sex marriage when it becomes legal on 29 March. The Council is issuing a call to action for Sheffield same sex couples who would like to get married in Sheffield Town Hall to get in touch and register before 13 March.

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Customer service excellence retained by housing service

Following a recent successful inspection by an external assessor, the Council Housing Service has maintained its Customer Service Excellence accreditation. This was the first in a new three year cycle of annual health checks which this year also looked at how reintegration has impacted on customer service. As with all previous assessments, the Housing Service (previously known as Sheffield Homes) ...

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Council tenant evicted

A Sheffield Council tenant has been evicted following ongoing anti-social behaviour towards her neighbours. Amy Perrin (30) had been the secure tenant of a property on Stradbroke Road, Richmond, since 30 January 2012. Frequent and ongoing anti-social behaviour displayed by Ms Perrin, members of her family and visitors included throwing eggs at neighbours’ cars and houses, playing loud music, shouting ...

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Join the debate in the South East of Sheffield

The second in the series of Cabinet in the Community sessions takes place next week (Thursday 20 February) giving residents a chance to discuss the things that matter to them most with City Council Leaders. The South East Cabinet in the Community will be held between 6pm and 7:30pm at Crystal Peaks Art-Space. The ‘Question Time’ style session is a ...

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Council committed to helping voluntary sector

Sheffield City Council is continuing its commitment to helping the voluntary sector despite budget cuts. In the next financial year the Council is proposing to give almost £2m to voluntary sector organisations. As with most areas of the budget a saving has had to be made, but the Council has been able to allocate £1,994,950 to the Voluntary Sector Grant ...

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Urgent work affects main commuter route

Urgent work to protect the electricity supply to around 75,000 homes in Sheffield has forced the closure of one lane of a main commuter route into the city. Northern Power Grid needs to repair a fault on a 33kv cable running underneath St Mary’s Road, between Shoreham Street and Matilda Street. Work is taking place beneath the section of pavement ...

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Action taken to keep Sheffield moving

Work is underway at bus gates and bus lanes along key access routes into Sheffield to keep traffic moving through the city with warning notices being issued to motorists who ignore the rules. Sheffield City Council is working with public transport operators to ensure bus gates and lanes are enforced at locations across Sheffield, in support of the city’s ground ...

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