Sheffield Green councillors will propose a visionary alternative to the council budget on Friday. It will support jobs and those who need help.
The Green budget amendment also offers funding for webcasting of council meetings so the public can see what their elected representatives are doing in the Town Hall. It will also devolve more spending for decisions to be made at local ward level.
Under the proposals:
- fresh proposals for green energy will lead to lower bills, more jobs and less pollution
- new investment will help local authority schools save money by developing energy efficiency schemes
more empty homes will be brought back into use;
- thousands of the lowest-income households will get more help through a £1m council tax hardship scheme
- more money will go to adult social care to services for older and disabled people and help ensure decent pay and conditions for care staff
- residents in parking zones will have the cost of permits reduced.
The proposal addresses road safety and air quality with a city centre 20mph zone and a scheme to encourage low-emission taxis.
The Green proposals also look to the future with fresh proposals to:
- generate revenue for the city such as from feed-in tariffs and new homes bonus
offer more policing and services related to the night-time economy
- make significant investment in public transport, cycling and pedestrian routes
promote new house building on brownfield sites, protecting green belt land
- encourage children to use public transport by reversing the 10p rise in child bus fares
Green Party Council Group Speaker, Councillor Rob Murphy said:
“This is a positive and forward-looking budget that will bring real benefits to the health, homes and pockets of Sheffield’s residents if adopted. Our proposals would bring a safer, cleaner and more vibrant city for all it’s residents.”
For more information please contact Cllr Rob Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES TO EDITORS
Sheffield City Council will set its budget for 2016/17 at its meeting on Friday 4th March 2016 at 2pm. Members of the public can attend.
The Green Party amendment is here
The full agenda is at http://sheffielddemocracy.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=154&MId=6051&Ver=4