John Grant was one of the 3 Green local election candidates for Woodhouse Ward on 5th May 2016. The other two Woodhouse Ward candidates are James Starky and Victoria Horrocks.
I’m married with two children and I’ve lived in Handsworth for more than ten years. I’m a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Planning and Development at Sheffield Hallam University.
I was a member of Handsworth Community Forum and losing it was a real blow. It’s funding issues were directly related to the damaging austerity policies of the coalition government. It had close relations with the police, monitoring the challenges facing the area and offering practical solutions. Cuts mean the loss of support organisations for the poorest and most vulnerable. It puts an unreasonable burden directly on councillors to support many struggling households but I know that needs to be my main priority if you elect me.