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Council faces seventh year of budget cuts

 7 February 2017 The ongoing underfunding of adult social care services across the country has led to Sheffield City Council proposing a three per cent precept on next year’s council tax bills. Sheffield City Council is also proposing a council tax increase of 1.99 per cent with an extra three per cent precept to fund adult social care, meaning most Sheffield ...

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Families move into newly built council homes

Cllr Jayne Dunn and Keepmoats Regional Director Nathan Brough presents new residents Sarah and Dean Rayne with a hamper.

7 February 2017 Families have been moving into newly built council houses as part of Sheffield City Council’s work to provide an extra 1,000 council homes. The 51 family homes in Manor and Darnall have been built to the national Lifetime Homes standard and are able to be adapted in future if people need through-floor lifts, downstairs wet-rooms and other ...

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New stop smoking strategy to be agreed by Cabinet

Smokefree - newsroom size

7 February 2017 It’s Sheffield’s biggest killer, claiming the lives of around 16 people a week. And now a new stop smoking strategy is set to be agreed by Sheffield City Council’s cabinet committee, in a bid to create a smoke-free city where people live longer and healthier lives, where children think smoking is unusual, and where young people don’t ...

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Special Olympics volunteer search hits halfway point for Sheffield 2017

L-R: Special Olympics GB Chief Executive Karen Wallin, athletes Beth (athletics) and Luke (basketball) and volunteer Adam Holder

7 February 2017 A young Sheffield dentist has become the 400th volunteer for this year’s Special Olympics National Games – marking the halfway point of volunteers needed for the event taking place in Sheffield this summer. Adam Holder, 25, from Stannington, joins postmen, students, butchers, countryside officers and many more professionals who are volunteering. Although he has never volunteered for ...

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Victims of sexual violence in Sheffield supported to speak out

Sexual Violence Week 6 - 12 February 2017

7 February 2017 Sheffield supports the clear message that will be promoted nationally during Sexual Violence and Awareness Week this year – #itsnotok People are reminded if it’s not your body; it’s not your decision. Make sure you get consent. Sex without consent is rape or sexual assault. The awareness week, which runs between 6 – 12 February every year, is ...

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Statement: Former employee brought to justice for historic sex offences

Justice scales

3 February 2017 Jayne Ludlam, Executive Director for Children, Young People and Families, said: “We welcome the fact that today Roger Dodds has finally been brought to justice, after so many years. “Our thoughts go out to his victims, whose bravery in coming forward has resulted in Dodds’ conviction and subsequent sentencing. “We are deeply sorry that Dodds committed these ...

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Council worker recognised nationally for city centre safety work

Best Bar None at the awards - working together to keep the city centre safe

3 February 2017 A Sheffield City Council employee has received national recognition for her work to keep Sheffield city centre safe. Tracey Ford, from the authority’s Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team, manages the city’s Best Bar None scheme which works with city partners to promote the responsible management of licensed premises. The scheme itself has been nationally recognised many times, ...

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Sheffield Big Issue North readers to sample life as a vendor

Reverend and the Makers frontman Jon McClure during 2016 Vendor Week

3 February 2016 Big Issue North readers and supporters are spending an hour in the shoes of the people who sell the magazine next week, as part of #VendorWeek. Kind-hearted members of the public have responded in their droves to a request from Big Issue North, looking for people to find out first-hand the challenges faced by the magazines vendors. ...

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Magnificent cyclists take to the seven hills

Resized - the Magnificent 7-25

2 February 2017 Just walking up Blake Street or Hagg Hill is enough of a test for most hardy Sheffielders. But when The Magnificent Seven cycling event returns for a second time in March, cyclists will be racing as hard as they can up these, and five other, notorious Sheffield hill climbs. The race, a cross between a sportive and ...

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New dementia respite care announced

1 February 2017 New respite care for people with dementia is today being announced by Sheffield City Council to replace the services currently provided at Hurlfield View in Gleadless. From the end of March, when the present dementia centre closes, people will be able to have overnight respite care in a number of care homes across the city, all rated ...

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Council sets the record straight on street trees myths

Handsworth's veteran mulberry tree

01 February 2017 Streets Ahead is today setting the record straight on a number of myths around its street tree replacement work. Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for the Environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “There has been a lot of attention on the street trees replacement work in the Streets Ahead contract. We welcome the passion of the people ...

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Dog dirt-covered garden costs pet owner almost £2,000

Justice scales

1 February 2017 A dog owner who allowed so much dog faeces to gather in his garden that it caused a statutory nuisance was fined almost £2,000 by magistrates yesterday (Tuesday 31 January). Sheffield City Council’s Environmental Protection Service successfully prosecuted William Cocking, of Limpsfield Road, Wincobank. He has now been ordered to pay out a total of £1,844 following ...

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Hairdresser-to-the-stars chooses Sheffield for brand new start-up

Andre de Villiers at his Sharrow Vale Road salon

Few people would have the nerve to open a brand new business just days before Christmas. Let alone a new hair salon, at a time when the industry’s primary customer base has booked their appointments weeks in advance elsewhere. But hairdresser-to-the stars Andre de Villiers, 40, isn’t one to shy away from a challenge – and his eponymous salon on ...

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More litter louts brought before the courts


1 February 2017 Five people appeared in court yesterday after being caught dropping litter on the streets of Sheffield. Each of the people prosecuted by Sheffield City Council’s Environmental Protection Service was offered the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty but declined to do so – and so were prosecuted for the offence. During the last 12 months, environmental enforcement ...

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