Greens call on the Council to listen to Sheffield people
Sheffield Green Party councillors want to prevent some of the budget cuts proposed by the Labour Council administration by a small rise in Council Tax of less than 50 pence per week for most households.
Green Councillor Rob Murphy commented,
“Children and young people are not to blame for the cuts and it’s important their futures are protected. We have listened to petitions presented to Council with tens of thousands of signatures calling on the Council to protect local facilities. We think local people should be given the opportunity to vote in a referendum to protect Children’s Centres, Adventure Playgrounds and the Stocksbridge Leisure Centre.”
Rob Murphy added,
“Council Tax has been frozen in Sheffield for the last 3 years, but we need more money to keep much needed facilities. The coalition government cuts threaten to destroy local communities – it’s up to Sheffield Council to protect them.”
1. Sheffield Green Party will present its more detailed 2013-14 Council Budget proposals later this week.
2. The national government requires any Council to conduct a referendum if it proposes to increase Council Tax by more than a certain percentage. Any decision by Sheffield Council to increase Council Tax in 2013-14 by more than a tiny amount would require a Sheffield-wide referendum. This would enable Sheffield residents to decide whether they are willing to pay a bit more to protect much-needed services and facilities.
3. While we haven’t yet finalised our detailed Budget proposals, a 3% increase in Council Tax would mean a rise of approximately 48p per week for the majority of Sheffield households.
4. Sheffield Green Party has already stated its position on children and early years services – see
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