Birley councillors joined the picket line in support of DWP striking to save Eastern Avenue Job Centre.
The strike is in opposition to DWP’s decision to close the Eastern Avenue jobcentre. Closing the jobcentre will remove a vital public service from an already deprived area of Sheffield. It will also force the claimants who use the office, many of whom are disabled or have young children, to make a much longer journey to access vital services.
The campaign against the office closure is getting strong backing from Sheffield MPs and other local politicians as well as good media coverage. Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, has asked further questions in parliament to find out from the minister what assessment has been made of the effect of the proposed closure of the jobcentre on the roll-out of universal credit in Sheffield. These follow the numerous questions raised by Louise Haigh, MP for Sheffield Heeley, who has previously tried to press the minister to provide answers around the closure of the site. Meanwhile the leader of Sheffield City Council, Julie Dore, has written to the DWP to make clear her strong opposition to the closure.
Independent Labour Publications invites you to:
Unbalanced Britain: Education, inequality and
A one day seminar at The Circle, Sheffield, Saturday 4 March 2017
About the speakers
Melissa Benn is a writer and campaigner on education. Melissa is currently chair of the crossparty group campaigning group Comprehensive Forum, is a vice president of the Socialist
Education Association, and founder member of the Local Schools Network.
Julie Thorpe is schools programmes manager at the Co-operative College, heading a
programme working towards establishing co-operative values in the education system.
The seminar takes place at The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW
http://www.thecirclesheffield.org.uk/. It is free but you do need to register in advance,
deadline Friday 24 February. Register via the link to Eventbrite on the ILP web site:
http://www.independentlabour.org.uk (email@example.com; 07799 502 937).
Further information can be found at:
Congratulations to Councillor Bryan Lodge, Denise Fox and Karen McGowan on their re-election to represent the Birley Ward.
Thursday 5th May is the chance for Sheffield residents to use their voice (well feet) to come out and vote in the city wide elections.
We hope the residents of Birley, Charnock, Frecheville and Hackenthorpe will support your local Labour party and help us continue to make our community better for all.
Amongst the April showers the sun has started to shine in Sheffield.
Birley Labour would like to thank all those who volunteer keeping our local communities looking so great. Frecheville pond has really brightened up the community recently with the blossoming daffodils and variety of nature the pond attracts.
There are many areas across Birley that are well looked after, and it’s thanks to community groups and local residents that these areas are maintained for all to use. Let’s hope we have some more sunny days for everyone to make the most out of the beautiful areas in our community.
A new MUGA (Multi Use Games Arena) was officially opening in Charnock on Saturday 19th March. Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Denise Fox, Councillors Karen McGowan and Bryan Lodge and Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts were all in attendance for the launch.
The Friends of Charnock Recreation Grounds were also presented with the Keep Britain Tidy Green Flag Community Award, for the 5th year in a row!
Over 400 people attended the event, and our local Councillors also manned a stall which raised over £75 for the park.
Special thanks was given to businesses which had supported the building of the MUGA, including Viridor Credits, Friends of Charnock, Church Burgesses Trust, Community First Award, JG Graves Charitable Trust and AMEY. Activity Sheffield also provided a climbing tower and obstacle course for the day along with instructors offering sports coaching on the new facilities.
More information including photos on the event can be found at http://www.friendsofcharnockrec.co.uk/blog/2016/03/20/muga-launch-event/
We feel the last Labour government achieved a lot whilst in power. This includes:
Low inflation, increased police numbers, reduction in crime, more Doctors and Nurses and thousands of renovated schools.
It also includes:
The introduction of paternity leave, winter fuels payments, increased numbers of teachers and a reduction in the number of homeless.
For more information on what Labour achieved whilst in power you can read the article in full at:
What the Labour Party achieved, lest we forget
Over the last year your local councillors have been working in partnership with police to reduce crime and make residents feel safer and increase community prevention in our area. One of the initiatives provided by local councillors through the community LAP is a crime prevention pack. The packs have been offered in phases which started last year in Basegreen, Charnock and Frecheville. We are currently offering packs to those on the Birley/Thornbridge estate and over the coming months they will be offered to the remaining Birley Ward residents. The process is:
• Leaflets are delivered to the residents in the allocated phase with a deadline for requesting a pack. Requests can be made by telephone, text or email
• The information of the requests are compiled by the councillors.
• Packs are purchased through the community LAP from the police.
• Once packs are received they are deliver to the residents by the Birley Ward Councillors.
The packs contain items such as smart pens, window locks and useful literature about what householders can do to deter would be burglars.
The packs are a great reminder to us all to be on our guard and protect our property, we are glad to see many local people applying for the packs. It has also been a great opportunity for the councillors to meet and talk to residents about any concerns.
George with Pat Emmingham (right) and Councillor Denise Fox (left) on the Labour Party Stall at Hackenthorpe Gala in 2012
George McDonald sadly passed away on the 1st January 2016 peacefully surrounded by his family. George had been Clive Betts agent for many years as well as the agent for many councillors over a long period of time. His life was dedicated to helping others and he saw the labour party, the party that cared enough to make the difference. He was a governor at Charnock Primary school and Birley Learning Community. He also sat on the schools appeal panel. He gave a lot of his time to the schools and spent many hours listening to children read helping them improve their skills.
George will be missed by many but he will never be forgotten. He had an abundance of energy that astounded people younger than himself.
Your Birley Ward Councillors hold regular advice surgeries every month should you need to speak to someone in person. These are held at:
• Hackenthorpe Community Centre, Main Street on the 1st Saturday in the month (9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.)
• Gleadless Library, White Lane on the 2nd Wednesday in the month (4.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.)
• Frecheville Library, Smalldale Road on the 3rd Saturday in the month (11.00 a.m. to 12 noon)
• Open Door Learning Centre, 11-13 Birley Moor Crescent on the last Tuesday in the month (3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.)
(Please note there are no surgeries in August. However, you can contact one of the ward councillors directly for help or advice during this month).
The Birley Ward branch meetings are to be held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Hollinsend Methodist Cricket Club, Fox Lane, Sheffield S12. All meetings start at 7.30pm. The dates are:
19 January 2016
16 February 2016
15 March 2016
19 April 2016
17 May 2016
21 June 2016
19 July 2016
August 2016 no meeting
20 September 2016
18 October 2016
15 November 2016
December 2016 no meeting
DISTRICT LABOUR PARTY (DLP) MEETINGS FOR 2016
Venue: 7.30 p.m. at the Trades & Labour Club at 7.30 p.m.
All members are welcome to attend but only those that are the Branch delegates are able to vote. These are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except for August)
SOUTH EAST CONSTITUENCY LABOUR PARTY (CLP) MEETINGS FOR 2016
Venue: 7.15 p.m. at Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Tannery Street, Woodhouse
All members are welcome to attend but only those that are the Branch delegates are able to vote. These are held on the 3rd Friday of each month (except for August and December)
Photograph taken by Peter Wolstenholme
The above BBQ event was held at Club Baize on the 13th September 2015 to welcome new Constituency Labour Party members