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Grant to improve support of Armed Forces community in South Yorkshire

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21 April 2017 More than £180k in funding has been provided from the Ministry of Defence’s Covenant Fund to support the Armed Forces community in South Yorkshire. The announcement comes after Sheffield City Council successfully led a bid in partnership with Rotherham, Doncaster, and Barnsley councils and two universities, Sheffield Hallam and York St John. Now, a grant of £180,695 ...

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Much-loved pavilion destined for new lease of life

Image of what the Inman Pavilion could look like after refurbishment, design by the University of Sheffield working with the Garden Village Community Association

7 March 2017 Steps to help save a much-loved community building, and protect it for years to come, have been taken by Sheffield City Council and the local community. The Inman Pavilion, overlooking Oxley Park in Stocksbridge, has hosted local groups and clubs since the 1950’s but is in need of significant upgrade and improvement. Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet, acting ...

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Council faces seventh year of budget cuts

Sheffield Town Hall

 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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Plans to maintain council tax support scheme

Sheffield Town Hall

Thursday 26 January 2017 A scheme to help people struggling to pay their council tax will be maintained by Sheffield City Council despite the authority facing huge budget pressures. The council is today announcing that it plans to carry on offering a discount of up to 77 per cent for working age people on low incomes and up to 100 ...

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Join city’s budget conversation

Sheffield City Centre

17 January 2017 A series of public events are being held by Sheffield City Council to discuss the budget for the next financial year, starting in April 2017. Unlike previous years, where public meetings covered the whole council budget, meetings are being split to cover specific areas of council business. The meetings will be held next week: 24 January, 5pm-6.30pm, at ...

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Council secures higher pay on Capita’s Sheffield contract

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16 December 2016 A higher minimum wage for employees of Capita working on behalf of Sheffield City Council has been agreed. Following discussion with the council, Capita will now pay its workers on the Sheffield City Council contract a minimum of the Foundation Living Wage which is higher than the national minimum wage of £7.20 an hour. Capita join Cordant ...

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Sheffield City Council becomes first employer in Yorkshire to sign up to TUC’s Charter for helping terminally ill workers

John Mothersole and Councillor Ben Curran signed the Dying to Work charter

23 November 2016 – originally published by TUC Sheffield City Council yesterday (Tuesday, 22 November) became the first employer in Yorkshire to add its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work. The authority is the latest high-profile employer to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter, following in the footsteps of ...

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New approach to boost employment opportunities for agency staff

Sheffield from the air, credit: Footprint Photography

16 June 2016 Sheffield City Council is set to boost the fortunes of agency workers with an innovative, new approach to agency provision. The council will require a future agency partner to provide people with better access to training, career planning and development, as well as forging better links with deprived communities to help them into employment and develop career ...

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Council continues drive to boost wages for low paid

Sheffield City Centre

19 May 2016 Low paid workers cleaning council buildings will soon be paid the Living Wage Foundation rate due to a new contract introduced by Sheffield City Council. The council specified that workers must be paid, at a minimum, the April 2016 Living Wage Foundation rate as part of a new contract it has commissioned. Around 160 people are expected ...

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Wincobank Community Centre Opens Its Doors

24 March 2016 Residents in Wincobank are eagerly anticipating the opening of their new community centre. Previously, the building was a communal building in the old Newman Court Sheltered Housing Scheme. It’s now a great new community centre offering spaces for activities, celebrations and meetings. The Wincobank Village Hall is now ready for use; Lord Blunkett will open the hall ...

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Council wins innovation award

Sheffield Town Hall

14 March 2016 Sheffield City Council has received an award for innovation for its work to support public services and local community organisations to work better together to improve health and wellbeing. The authority competed against 131 finalists in 14 categories at this year’s Public Procurement awards, which took place in Manchester on Tuesday, 8 March. It received the Innovation ...

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Budget Challenge Met Despite Further Cuts

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Wednesday 27 January 2016 Sheffield City Council has warned that Government cuts will continue to hit the city hard, as they look to set this year’s budget. This is the sixth year in a row that the council has been hit with swingeing cuts from Government, the worst series of cuts this council has seen in its history. This comes ...

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Council’s cleaners to benefit from living wage

Sheffield Town Hall

6 January 2016 Sheffield City Council has confirmed its commitment to the Living Wage in its cleaning services contract now out for re-tender. A key requirement of this contract is for the supplier to pay their staff the Foundation Living Wage from 1 April 2016. This is Sheffield’s living wage at £8.25, which is currently £1.05 more than the Government’s ...

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Review of Council catering contract

Sheffield Town Hall

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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Council to save millions through Streets Ahead refinancing

9 November 2015 The Council is proposing to make savings to the Streets Ahead contract by re-negotiating the funding arrangement. The Council is seeking to take advantage of lower interest rates being offered in the financial markets as part of the Council’s drive to reduce costs that don’t impact directly on public finances. These proposals are being discussed by Cabinet ...

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