Birley councillors join picket line of DWP strike for Eastern Avenue Job Centre

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.

Invitation to The Fair Deal for Sheffield campaign

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central is inviting those interested to the launch of a campaign for fair funding for Sheffield. The Fair Deal for Sheffield campaign is being launched outside the Town Hall at 1pm on Friday 25th January with a photocall for the local press.

The Fair Deal for Sheffield campaign is being supported by a wide range of Sheffield’s faith leaders, the voluntary and community sector, trade unions and local politicians. We are coming together to launch a people’s petition for fair funding for Sheffield and to challenge the Government’s unfair distribution of cuts on Sheffield. As you will know, this unfairness is demonstrated by the fact that between 2010/11 and 2012/13 our Council’s funding is being cut by £139 per person but the more affluent Richmond Upon Thames, for example, is being reduced by only £11.99 per person.

The Fair Deal for Sheffield campaign and petition can be found at www.afairdealforsheffield.com

We hope you will be able to join us on Friday and support the campaign. You will all be very welcome.