Sheffield Labour have unveiled their Local Election Manifesto – with some eye catching commitments on truly ‘levelling-up’ Sheffield and building a fairer, more prosperous and sustainable city.
You can read the full manifesto here – https://www.sheffield-labour-councillors.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/867/2022/03/Sheffield-Labour-Manifesto-RS.pdf
Below are some of the key commitments within each of the five main pledges that Labour will enact if securing a majority of councillors in May:
If elected in May, Labour Councillors will put Sheffield first and deliver the following:
Secure, Prosperous, Respected Neighbourhoods
- A Sheffield standard for all homes. Whether a private renter or a social tenant – we will empower you to expect the same high service
- Extra enforcement to tackle local issues.
- Greater investment in street cleaning and green spaces.
- Make Sheffield a city of ‘15-minute neighbourhoods’
- Make the council listen to, respect, and act on local opinion.
Economic Recovery and Clean Growth
- Continue to build a more prosperous and sustainable Sheffield post-pandemic
- Help deliver a high-wage, high-skilled, high-employment local economy
- Invest £2 million extra into local centres and high streets to support their economic growth
- Help to tackle the climate emergency, protect green spaces, and deliver clean growth:
- Invest £3.5m for the installation of renewable energy on community hubs, such as schools,
libraries, community centres, and retrofit council homes
- Our ‘Local Plan’ will protect the Green Belt and urban green spaces – with new homes on brownfield sites, and closer to the city centre
- Make Sheffield Carbon net-zero by 2030
Improved Early Intervention and Prevention services
- Prioritise early intervention and prevention services – to identify and tackle issues at the earliest possible stage
- Provide community groups an extra £1 million to combat social isolation.
- Deliver more for young people – increasing youth provision to a minimum of 3 provisions for every
council ward (worth 6 hours every week for youth work sessions).
- Committed to tackling homelessness and addiction problems.
- Street enforcement to tackle litter, fly-tipping, and graffiti, and to support the police in their work
Support residents through the cost-of-living crisis
- Tackling inequalities and truly levelling-up Sheffield is at the heart of everything we do.
- We will provide extra resources to support community groups, including a new ‘volunteers fund’ to help support areas struggling to get volunteer support.
- We will deliver a food access plan – to support the co-ordination of the city’s food banks.
- We will invest in renewable and local energy, and go even further with the district heating network, to help keep bills down for community groups, businesses, and residents.
An inclusive and fair city – for all
- Our Local Area Committees will fundamentally change how the council operates – making it more responsive to local needs, and rooting services at the most local level
- Committed to parents and guardians sending their children to their local school of choice
- Committed to maintaining Sheffield’s status as a City of Sanctuary.
- Committed to a cultural offer that is for everyone in the city: we will spend millions revamping the city’s
leisure facilities, and want to create a nationally renowned ‘Gallery for the North’
- Deliver improved connectivity, active travel measures, and public transport:
- We are calling for Bus Franchising – so that local people can decide the routes, timetables and fares.
- We will launch the Freebie Bus to help people get around the city centre more easily