Sheffield just sent a clear message at the ballot box on the rotten state of council democracy as operated by the current Labour administration.

It’s astonishing that a Cabinet member should criticise opposition councillors for using constitutional council procedures to “call in” the Cabinet decision on increasing parking charges for scrutiny. In doing so, they just highlighted the Cabinet’s failure to make the decision in time for their planned implementation date. The claimed loss of £95,000 in revenue for just 7 days delay is clearly down to their failings.

We still have just 9 Cabinet members under the same leader making all the decisions despite open revolt among Labour members, many of whom voted for me on May 2nd. This parking fiasco shows they just want to impose those decisions without any opposition scrutiny. It’s time for democratic change in Sheffield – sign the Sheffield People’s Petition to ditch this Cabinet system.

Cllr Angela Argenzio
Green Party, Broomhill & Sharrow Vale ward

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