Sheffield Green Party councillors’ budget proposals offer to empower communities, tackle climate change and create new jobs.
- 33 direct new jobs, a net increase of 26
- £2.5 million invested in green construction jobs on renewable energy, insulation and housing
- Cycle routes, the FreeBee bus, cheaper parking permits and a start on the Don Valley Railway
- More jobs in branch libraries, advice centres, police and safer neighbourhoods
- Measures to address children’s mental wellbeing and more sustainable living
- Action on poor housing, reversing cuts to advice centres and help for care leavers.
- Webcasting of council meetings
- Water fountains and gym equipment in parks – and more trees
- Economic innovation through making the most of the city’s heritage and natural environment
- Reducing executive pay, taxpayer-funded political spin and car parking claims by Councillors.
- And almost £1 million additional funding in future years’ budgets for social care
Cllr Douglas Johnson commented,
“I am proud to be backing a radical, yet practical budget. The Greens have lots of ideas to build on what Sheffield is good at and to make residents’ lives that bit better.
“What’s more, in addition to the range of new jobs and services, our budget proposal will generate an additional million pounds for social care in each future year.”
Ruth Mersereau, Green Party candidate for City Ward, said,
“We can boost the economy through tourism by recognising the economic value of the glory of the Peak District. Similarly, a progressive look at valuing our city’s heritage can enhance development in Sheffield.”
Cllr Kaltum Rivers (Broomhill and Sharrow Vale Ward) added,
“Community safety is being addressed by establishing a programme for all Year 6 school children, supporting them through the transition to high-school and making young teens more resilient. By employing more PCSOs to patrol local neighbourhoods and engage with the community, we can help people feel safer.
“We are also putting more funding into advice centres to help with real poverty caused by universal credit and the challenges facing care leavers as they set up home.”
- The Council budget will be set at its meeting on Wednesday 6th March at 2pm
- Earlier Green Party proposals include:
- The full-year savings of the Green’s budget will mean an additional £992,000 a year in 2020-21 and each year after that.
- Download Sheffield Green Party’s full budget amendment (pdf)