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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Review of Council catering contract

24 December 2015 Local catering businesses are being given the opportunity to find out more about Sheffield City Council’s catering services as part of a review of the present contract. The Council has arranged a drop-in session in the new year to discuss the contract in detail with potential catering suppliers. The suppliers will be able to drop into the ...

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Underused automated toilets to close in order to save public money

Following a public consultation, five sets of automated public toilets are set to close across Sheffield in order to save around £100,000 a year in maintenance costs. As the toilets are used so infrequently, keeping them open would cost Sheffield City Council just under £10 per use. At the least popular facility, in Birley Moor Road, the cost of each ...

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Silver award for Sheffield’s armed forces support

Sheffield wins Employer Recognition Award

23 December 2015 Sheffield’s work to support our Armed Forces has been recognised with a national award. The City Council has been selected by the Reserves Forces and Cadets Association and Ministry of Defence to receive the Silver Employer Recognition Award. The award recognises the Council’s outstanding support for the Defence and Armed Forces Community. The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme ...

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New sculptures celebrate heritage of Spital Hill

Cllr Ibrar Hussain, Sheffield Lord Mayor Cllr Talib Hussain and Cllr Jackie Drayton joined by local residents at the official launch of the new sculpture on Vestry Square.

23 December 2015 Two exciting new sculptures have been installed on Sheffield’s Spital Hill to link several related strands of the area’s history. The sculptures are made from stainless steel inlaid with bronze and mosaic.  They are part of an overall regeneration scheme to improve the Spital Hill  area.  This has included shop-front improvements, new paving and a reshaping of ...

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Creative Sheffield reflects on the economic successes of 2015

Sheffield City Centre skyline
Photo credit: Martin Bouchier

Tuesday 22 December 2015 2015 has been a big year for Sheffield and in turn for Sheffield’s economic development agency, Creative Sheffield. Employment is up on last year with jobs back to pre-recession levels and average salaries rising to £26,141. Unemployment, and crucially, youth unemployment is down, now lower than pre-recession levels. The Office of National Statistics’ latest figures show ...

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New year and new hope for people out of work for health reasons

22 December 2015 At the beginning of a new year people’s thoughts often turn to resolutions – whether it be a new job, a healthier lifestyle or a new way of living. And in Sheffield, almost 150 people are looking forward to a happier and healthier 2016 after signing up to a “Working Well” scheme, which aims to give help ...

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Four schemes to improve traffic flows in New Year

22 December 2015 Four schemes to improve bus service reliability and to help keep traffic flowing in Sheffield are due to begin next month. Two of the schemes will be carried out on Spital Hill in Burngreave – one of the main arterial routes into the city centre. The first will target the junction with Savile Street, where bus stops ...

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Looking Streets Ahead to 2016

Newly resurfaced Wheatley Grove in Handsworth

21 December 2015 It’s been another busy year for the Streets Ahead project, upgrading the city’s roads, pavements and streetscene and this will continue in 2016, with work starting in over 20 more zones. In 2016 the team will begin working in more parts of the city centre, as well as on main roads including Sheffield Parkway, Penistone Road and ...

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Make the most of Christmas in Sheffield


21 December 2015 Shoppers and party-goers are being encouraged to enjoy the festive season to the full in Sheffield. There is always plenty on offer in the city centre with shops, bars, restaurants and, in the run up to Christmas, there’s the popular Sleigh Bar and the chance to meet Father Christmas. The Christmas Market is open daily up to ...

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Extra funding for domestic abuse services

A woman and child at the new refuge in Sheffield which opened last year (2014)

21 December 2015 It’s supposed to be the time of goodwill to all, but this is also the time when reports of domestic abuse are highest. So this year Sheffield City Council is boosting support services for victims of abuse with extra Government funding targeted at offering support to women who need to leave their homes and stay in a ...

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Stage set for another year of dazzling major events

Crowds at the 2015 Christmas Lights switch-on

18 December 2015 This year saw the highest-ever attendance at Out of This World, a packed-out Peace Gardens for the Christmas lights switch-on, thousands of art lovers enjoying Art in the Gardens, and the city coming alive with music of all genres at Tramlines. And with details of 2016’s events line-up currently being finalised, it’s set to be another very ...

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‘Snow your neighbour you care’ this winter

Neighbours can use the new card to offer help this winter

18 December 2015 Have you ever wanted to offer help to an elderly person but weren’t sure the best way to go about it? It can be hard to offer help at times. That’s why Sheffield City Council has produced a new ‘snow your neighbour you care’ card to help kind-hearted people offer help to older people this winter. Designed ...

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More Time Over School Places Decision

Thursday 17 December 2015 THE enormous number of responses to a consultation over plans to increase school places has been welcomed by Sheffield city leaders, who will now take more time to ensure they reach the right decision. Sheffield City Council has received over 1,400 responses – one of the biggest ever given to a council consultation – after asking ...

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Housing apprentices to see in new year with a flying start

Sheffield City Council's latest housing apprentices with Cllr Jayne Dunn and officers

Christmas came early for 15 young people who have secured a housing apprenticeship at Sheffield City Council and got their careers off to a flying start. The budding housing officers will spend the next two years gaining valuable skills and experience, leading to an NVQ in Business and Administration, Surveying or Horticulture. Between them, their work will cover all aspects ...

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Tenants encouraged to put their rent first this Christmas

Local energy company release - newsroom

Sheffield City Council tenants are being urged to put their rent first this Christmas and take advantage of the two rent-free weeks to clear or reduce any arrears. All tenants with a clear rent account or who have signed up to a repayment agreement by 1 January will be entered into a free prize draw with a chance of winning ...

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