Labour Councillors Ruth Milsom and Minesh Parekh (Crookes & Crosspool ward) have delivered an urgent letter to the Chair of the South West Local Area Committee, calling for an immediate halt to any spending of the LAC’s £100k budget, and a review of how this money is being prioritised in the light of the worsening cost-of-living situation.
Sheffield’s seven Local Area Committees involve residents and businesses in local decision making. The SW LAC comprises Crookes & Crosspool, Dore & Totley, Ecclesall, and Fulwood wards, represented by ten Liberal Democrat and two Labour Councillors.
Cllr Milsom said: ‘Everybody is aware of how meeting everyday costs is becoming harder and harder for people. I’m sure the vast majority of local politicians are incredibly worried about how Sheffielders are going to manage this winter, with things already having reached crisis point for many.
‘Councillor Parekh and I are making this call on the other members of our Local Area Committee because we felt someone had to act urgently. We are determined that nobody in our communities should be left behind.’
Cllr Parekh commented: ‘Every household in this country is facing an unprecedented cost-of-living crisis, and suffering from spiralling energy costs.
‘While the Council can’t solve this crisis by itself, we need to make sure that every single Council body puts it front and centre of all decision making. The South West Local Area Committee must review all spending to prioritise mitigating this emergency, so that we can work to address people’s immediate needs.
‘We need to do all we can to support people through this cost-of-living crisis.’
A copy of the Letter can be found below: