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Graduates warned of Record 70 applicants for every Job Class of 2010 told to consider flipping burgers or shelf stacking to build skills as they also compete with last year's graduates Graduates are facing the most intense scramble in a decade to get a job this summer, as a poll of employers reveals the number of applications for each vacancy has surged to nearly 70 while the number of available positions is predicted to fall by nearly 7%. The class of 2010 have been told to consider flipping burgers or stack-
ing shelves when they leave university as leading firms in investment banking, law and IT are due to cut graduate jobs this year. Competition in the jobs market is fiercer now than for the first "postcrunch" generation of students, last year, when there were 48 applications for each vacancy. The number of applicants chasing each job is so high that nearly 78% of employers are insisting on a 2.1 degree, rendering a 2.2 marginal and effectively ruling out any graduates
with a third, according to the survey published tomorrow. The Association of Graduate Recruiters polled over 200 firms including Cadbury, Marks & Spencer, JP Morgan and Vodafone and found the number of applications per vacancy had risen to 68.8 this year, the highest figure recorded. In the most hotly contested sector – makers of fast-moving consumer goods such as food, confectionery and cosmetics – there were 205 applications for each job.
Department of Health confirms health secretary's slip that government is to axe medical telephone helpline The health secretary, Andrew Lansley, has let slip that the government is planning to scrap NHS Direct, the hugely popular medical telephone helpline. While touring Basing-
stoke and North Hampshire hospital on Thursday, he revealed that the phone service – which this year cost £123m to run – is to be axed. Until Lansley's apparent indiscretion, the official government line was that a new free telephone service, NHS 111, would not replace existing local telephone services or
NHS Direct but might do so in the longer term if a pilot scheme is successful. The Department of Health has confirmed that NHS 111 would replace NHS Direct within three years. The new service is undergoing trials in County Durham and Darlington. Cont P 20...
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Pakistan Flood Appeal
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Brutal Killing Of The Two Brothers In Sialkot PTI UK strongly condemns the brutal killing of the two brothers on Aug 15 2010 in Sialkot PTI UK strongly condemns the brutal killing of the two brothers Hafiz Mughees and Hafiz Muneeb on August 15 2010 in Sialkot. Our sincerest condolences and prayers for the family of the brothers. This gruesome murder of the two brothers in presence of the police and others who just stood and watched shows how barbaric, insensitive and shameless we have become as a nation. This incidence shows the brutality and the moral decline of all including the police who are supposed to protect the lives of
the civilians. The police standing by and being an accomplice in this horror is the most shocking aspect. The suspension of the police officers is not enough. All those involved need to be given the appropriate punishment so that a lesson is learnt and this incident is never repeated. No one has the right to take law into their own hands and it is the responsibility of the Government and its police force to ensure that this does not happen however in this incidence the two boys were beaten to death in front of ordinary men and women. Is this the beginning of a total decline in humanity? The Government of Pakistan needs to be held accountable for this incidence and needs to ensure that all culprits are brought Last Year ShipShape successfully to justice. supported clients to sign up for stop smoking support during Ramadan. This year we are building this period, but we are confident on our success by extending our that over the next two months we services, by offering support by will be able to work together and phone and e-mail as well as face ensure the finances of Museums to face drop-in sessions in our Sheffield are back on track. ”We Health and Wellbeing Shop. You will also be working with them will get 12 weeks of practical and to develop long-term proposals helpful confidential support and to ensure that the organisation advice from our trained commucan avoid similar cash flow prob- nity stop smoking advisors -Urdu speaker available. When you stop lems in the future.” smoking you will be giving up on
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Pakistan Flood Disaster Appeal Rotherham Borough Council has launched a local appeal to help the catastrophic flood disaster in Pakistan. The authority will use its network of service centres and civic buildings to allow the public across the Borough to make financial donations geared to supporting the emergency relief work for what is threatening to become one of the biggest disasters in the world. It has been estimated that 20 million people have been left homeless and up to 3.5 million children are said to be at risk from waterbornediseases, such as cholera and dysentery, in a flooded area the size of England. The instigators of the Rotherham Appeal, the Leader of Rotherham Borough Council, Coun. Roger Stone, and Cllr Jahangir Akhtar, Cabinet Member for Safe and Attractive Neighbourhoods, said it is hoped that the authority's appeal would complement similar collections and events being held across the Borough. Cllr Stone added: "I defy anyone not to be moved by the scenes being relayed out of Pakistan at the moment. The scale of the problem is absolutely huge and I am sure that
the people of Rotherham will want to help where they can. The council's role is to try and make it easier for the public to do that by staging collection points at our various council offices." Both Cllr Stone and Cllr Akhtar and the Chief Executive of Rotherham Borough Council, Martin Kimber, have all pledged to make personal
in Pakistan is just a massive human tragedy that requires all the help and assistance we can offer." Ways to Donate: By phone - to make credit/debit card donations, please call the automated telephone payment line on 01709 336810 and quote reference 999 on the “Pakistan Flood Disaster Appeal” option. On the internet - payment
donations to start the appeal and Cllr Akhtar is also organising a fund-raising event in the town in October. Cllr Akhtar said: "Because of the flooding problems faced by communities here in Rotherham over the last few years local people are fully aware of all the horrors and implications that flooding brings to an area. The situation
can be made using a debit or credit card at https:/payments. rotherham.gov.uk//webpublic - please select the Fund option Pakistan Flood Disaster Appeal and quote Reference - 999At Council Offices - donations in cash, by cheque or by credit/ debit card can be made at the following Council Offices: * Aston Customer Service
Centre, Worksop Road, Swallownest, Sheffield S26 4WD * Customer Service Centre, Civic Building, Walker Place, Rotherham S65 1UF * Customer Service Centre, New Street, Dinnington, Sheffield S252EX * Greasbrough Neighbourhood Office, Munsbrough Rise, Greasbrough, Rotherham * Kimberworth Park Neighbourhood Office, St. John's Green, Kimberworth Park, Rotherham * Leisure & Service Centre, Braithwell Road, Maltby, Rotherham S66 8LE * Rawmarsh Neighbourhood Office, Rawmarsh Hill, Parkgate, Rotherham * Customer Service Centre, Station Street, Swinton, Mexborough S64 8PZ *Wath Neighbourhood Office,Town Hall, Wath, Rotherham.By Post - Cheques (made payable to RMBC Pakistan Flood Disaster Appeal) can be sent to: RMBC Pakistan Flood Disaster Appeal at Council Offices (Income Dept.) Doncaster Gate, Doncaster Road, Rotherham S65 1DJ.
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Local Sporting Heroes Warm Up For Big Questions Ever wondered what it's like to reach speeds of almost 100 mph on a bobsleigh? Or how an athlete stays in peak condition? Or marvelled at sports stars' mental toughness? Now an event taking place at Rotherham's Civic Theatre will give people the chance to ask local sporting heroes these questions and more. The Any Sporting Questions panel event, organised by Sheffield Hallam University, will give attendees the chance to put their questions to Olympic and Commonwealth medalist Peter Elliott, now the North Regional Director for the English Institute of Sport, World Champion Nicola Minichiello, part of Great Britain’s women’s bobsleigh team, Kevin Hayes, a wheelchair basketball player, a Rotherham Titan and Professor Ian Maynard, a sports psychologist at Sheffield Hallam. The event, being held to celebrate the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, will be an opportunity for the audience to put questions to the panel and hear their views about the region, how it feels to be a sporting legend and their se-
crets to success. Attendees will learn what makes these regional athletes proud to call South Yorkshire home and how their training regimes, unparalleled discipline and mental toughness help them to compete at the highest level. Top sports psychologist Professor Ian Maynard will talk about his experiences helping world-class athletes cope with the pressure of international competition and how the right mental attitude is crucial for success. Palmer, director of corporate communications and public affairs at the University, said: "This special evening is a fantastic opportunity for sports fans to quiz local sporting heroes. As the title suggests all questions about sport are welcome and the evening promises to be a fascinating insight into the life of some of the region's top sports men and women. "This Lighting the Flame event is brought to you by the University and BBC Radio Sheffield, in partnership with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, English Institute
of Sport, Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust and Lifeskills." The event is hosted by BBC Radio Sheffield and all proceeds from the show are being donated to the Mayor's Charities, Homestart Rotherham, Rotherham Lions Welfare Fund and Rotherham Samaritans.The Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Rose McNeely, said: "I am delighted this event is taking place in Rotherham and that proceeds will go to my selected charities. Sport and leading a healthy lifestyle is very important in Rotherham, and the event is a great chance for people to meet, and quiz, our local sporting heroes." Any Sporting Questions will be taking to the stage of the Rotherham Civic Theatre (Catherine Street, Rotherham, S65 1EB) on Wednesday September 15 at 7pm. Tickets are priced £5 (concessions £3).For tickets please contact 01709 823621, or call in at the Box Office, located in the Central Library and Arts Centre on Walker Place. To book online go to www.rotherham.gov.uk/ theatres.
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Putting Crime out of Business
Has your business been affected by crime? According to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), 20% of all crime takes place on business premises. Studies show that business premises have a much higher risk of burglary and repeat burglary, vandalism and vehicle crime than domestic premises. Crime is preventable. It can be managed like any other aspect of business and controlled through sensible risk management strategies. Don’t let crime have a negative impact on your business. If you are a small to medium sized enterprise operating in South Yorkshire, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Business Crime Reduction Centre can offer free advice and support on how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. A fully trained business advisor will visit your company premises and advise on E-security and physical security. If your company qualifies, we can also assist with an application to the Crime Prevention Fund which offers financial help with the purchase of security equipment. Don’t wait until your business becomes a victim – do something now! Are you confident about trading securely on line and are your e-business systems up to scratch? Major threats faced by all companies include various types of fraud; phishing; pharm-
ing; identify theft; viruses and hacking. Additionally, companies face the threat of losing valuable ICT equipment and equally importantly the data contained in them through burglary, arson attacks and criminal damage. Have you lost valuable time and money because of crime against your business? Help is available, through free on-site security assessments, covering issues such as security fencing, alarm systems, CCTV, access control and cash handling. TOP Crime Reduction Tips for Retail Businesses - Think about the locations of your stock. Is the most valuable stock close to the door/exit? If it is, perhaps to attract custom, make sure it is secure! - Avoid placing spirits or high value goods in the shop window, this can be an irresistible invitation for opportunists to ‘smash and grab’. - Do not have any goods stored outside your premises that can be easily stolen or used by criminals to climb on to gain entry or use as a means of escape. - Be vigilant! Shoplifters often work in teams and while one is distracting the staff others could be taking stock or opening the till. - Ensure your CCTV system complies with the Data Protection Act and regularly check the quality of the images collected. - Position cameras towards the
door/counter and high value goods. - Always be vigilant when opening or closing the store. It’s common for criminals to force staff into the shop and get them to open the safe or tills. - Leave the till drawer open when the shop is closed. If you are burgled it’s much more cost effective to replace the float than a new till. - Always carefully check details on credit cards. Be suspicious if the person looks nervous and is making purchases of items close to the credit limit. - Always remember to switch on the alarm when locking up. If you have CCTV make sure it is recording 24 hours a day. - Keep the back door locked. Thieves often enter store rooms and remove stock while staff are on the shop floor. - Check all bank notes – you’d be surprised how many are counterfeit. - Keep a list of useful telephone numbers next to the phone, to include local Police station, Store Manager or Supervisor and a glazing company. - Keep high value goods on top shelves, close to the counter where staff can see them. For more information or advice contact Amar Saleem on 0114 2018918.
Local MPs in Sheffield are set to be asked to vote for new measures put forward by the Coalition Government which are aimed at protecting Sheffielder’s civil liberties. Liberal Democrats on Sheffield City Council have put a proposal to next week’s Council meeting which, if accepted, would ask all six local MPs to support policies such as the scrapping of ID cards, the removal of innocent people from the DNA database and the outlawing of finger printing of children at school without permission. Cllr Andrew Sangar, the Liberal Democrat councillor who is moving the proposal, said:- "The last Labour Govern-
ment was the most authoritarian in living memory that relentlessly attempted to erode our civil liberties. They allowed the state to snoop on innocent people, planned to introduce ID Cards and created more than 4,300 new crimes, which is one for every day they were in office. “I’m delighted that the Coalition Government are planning to implement Liberal Democrat policies and put an end to this kind of illiberal approach. We are asking all the MPs in Sheffield to stand up for Sheffielder’s civil liberties and vote for these new measures in Parliament.” Other measures MPs will be asked to support in-
clude a review of counter-terrorism measures to consider control orders, section 44 stop and search, pre-charge detention and targeted surveillance powers, the repeal of unnecessary laws and ending child detention for immigration purposes. Andrew added “Civil liberties are not just important to pressure groups and political anoraks like me! It’s vital that we remember previous generations died to protect our liberty. Being able to go about our daily lives without the risk of being snooped on or the state holding sensitive personal information about us and our children should concern us all.”
Local Mps Urged To Stand Up For Sheffield's Civil Liberties
Homelessness Service Successes
The use of temporary accommodation for homeless people in Sheffield is at its lowest level since 2004, and there are currently no 16 and 17 years olds in Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the city. Figures released today for July 2010 show real successes being made by the Council homelessness service. Councillor Penny Baker, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Regeneration, says: “We are making real progress towards preventing homelessness
in the city, particularly amongst younger people. By offering appropriate support as early as we can, this means fewer people are becoming homeless. We have also strengthened our work with other organisations in the city so that when people do become homeless, we can offer them the best options for accommodation more quickly. Preventing people from becoming homeless in the first place gives them stability at a difficult time and improves their chances of leading successful lives. And
because prevention is more cost effective, it has a wider benefit to everyone in Sheffield.” Homelessness prevention is high on the agenda at Sheffield City Council. A new three year Homeless Strategy has just been approved which focuses on supporting younger people, reducing the use of temporary and emergency accommodation, and strengthening links with partner organisations in the city to make support for homeless people more effective.
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Ramadan Event Raises Funds For Flood Victims Of Pakistan
Local people were given an insight into the meaning of the Festival of Ramadan this week in a special event held in All Saints Square , which raised over £3,200 for the flood victims of Pakistan .The event was organised by Tassibee, a support group for Asian women in the Rotherham area
why giving to those who are less fortunate is really important at this time. Khalida Luqman from Tassibee in Rotherham, said: “We organised this event in just a couple of days, as our members are keen to do whatever they can to raise funds for those facing desperate conditions as a result of the Pakistan floods. We would like to thank all our volunteers, including the young people who recited poems and speeches, as well as those who ran stalls and gave their time and expertise completely free of charge to raise
other cultures about what this means to Muslims. This event has brought people together from across Rotherham as part of One Town One Community, uniting people in a common cause and providing an opportunity to learn more about each other’s cultures and experiences. This type of event is very important to helping to raise vital funds for those who have lost their homes, their loved ones and their livelihoods in the Pakistan floods.” This event was also supported by the United Multi Cultural Centre,
and supported by Rotherham ’s One Town One Community, Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce and Age Concern Rotherham. Cllr Rose McNeely, the Mayor of Rotherham, officially opened the event and spoke of the plight of the 20m people who have been made homeless in Pakistan by the floods, including 3.5m children. This was followed by a speech by Cllr Mahroof Hussain, who has recently returned from a trip to Pakistan , where he saw at first hand the devastation caused by the floods. He spoke about the need to raise money to support those who are already suffering, or at risk of contracting waterborne diseases, such as cholera and dysentery. The event featured a number of recitations of poems and speeches by young people that gave a better understanding and insight into the festival of Ramadan. This included describing why Muslims fast during this period and
money. It was a great opportunity to inform people about Ramadan through poetry and performance, rather than preaching. We had a fantastic response and would like to thank everyone who helped to make it such a huge success.” Activities also included face painting, nail art, henna tattooing, hair braiding and the opportunity to dress up in Asian fashions, with all donations going directly to charities that support the flood victims in Pakistan . Cllr Mahroof Hussain explains: “This event was a great opportunity during the Ramadan period to improve the understanding of
Apna Haw, ACT for Rotherham , the Ministry of Food and the RMBC events team. Rotherhambased Tassibee was founded in 1993 to provide education, training and social activities for Asian women. The organisation is committed to encouraging these women to develop in skills and self confidence, creating a network of support that enables them to overcome barriers and achieve their full potential. For more information on One Town One Community, visit the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council website: www. rotherham.gov.uk
Labour have called on Lib Dem Council boss, Paul Scriven, to reverse the decision to take away blue bins to recycle paper. The call comes, following last weeks news that the green bins for garden waste will now be saved, following unpopular Lib Dem plans to replace them with hessian sacks. In a statement following this change Coucnillor Scriven said: “We know that we don’t always get things right first time, as much as we would
like to. But I hope this shows that we are listening to local people and are willing to change things if they tell us something could be done better.” Councillor Gill Furniss, Labour spokesperson for waste management, has written to Councillor Scriven, asking him to listen to the people and change the bins as well. Labour Spokesperson for Waste Management, Councillor Gill Furniss, said:“This decision to use boxes for paper was a complete blun-
der, there has been overwhelming opposition from the start and it’s plain for everyone to see that it was wrong. Calls from the public and Labour to make the common sense change have been ignored out of pure stubbornness.” “Now Councillor Scriven is saying that the Lib Dems are listening I really hope that he will listen on blue bins, it will make life easier for so many people.”
Labour Call on Lib Dems to Reverse Blue Bin Decision
30 Mile Sponsored Walk for Flood Victims in Pakistan Residents of Sheffield are walking 30 miles in aid of Pakistan flood victims. The recent floods have completely destroyed lives of millions of people. According to UN this disaster is the worse ever. It is more worse than the recent Haiti earthquake and the Boxing Day tsunami combined. Apparently the land under water is the size of England with 20 million people affected. Thousands of people have already lost their lives and many millions are at risk of dying due to disease. The magnitude of this disaster was that huge that it had an impact and caught the attention of everybody around the world. A group or ordinary people in Sheffield decided to do something about this.
Two friends namely, Mohsin and Sajid in Sheffield decided to do something about this devastating natural disaster. After pondering
hall) The idea is to get sponsors for each person taking the challenge on walking 30 miles. ). This Fund raising event is also regis-
on many ways to help they finally concluded that they will do something dramatic for this dramatic situation. A30 mile charity walk has decided. This walk will take place on 12/09/10 from 6am to 8pm it will start from Sheffield (Meadowhall) to Doncaster and then back to Sheffield (Meadow-
tered with (DEC). All the money raised will be given to the Disaster Emergency Committee) DEC. This is well known government established charity who is working alongside with Islamic Relief and many others. For further details please contact Waheed Bhatti on 07738384120.
Sheffield Pays Its Respects To Cllr Jan Wilson
Young Legal Professionals
Mohammed Nazir In this episode I am writing for the young legal professional who is new to this and wants to join this dynamic profession. In the last few months I have received various emails and phone calls from youngsters asking how they can join the profession and how they can start their training contract as a trainee solicitor. After the LPC (Legal Practice Course) the main goal is to achieve a training contract and in the present employment market completion of this is very tough. In recent years the profession has changed a lot as you will also need business development, financial management and target achieving. So if somebody wants to win a training contract, he or she must be very skillful and talented. As mentioned before if competitors have better skills then you need to learn more skills. I have noticed that many youngsters get exhausted
very soon with the job/training contract hunt. I personally feel that if you are not getting a training contract then why not try to get a job as paralegal or legal clerk in a law firm or in legal sector. In your own time continue your professional development. You can improve yourself by reading and writing legal articles, joining local law or University libraries and the internet can also be very helpful too in this area. If you are not getting paid work then you can also try to join volunteer work in the local law centre or advice center to utilize your time in a useful and dedicated way. I strongly believe no role is too big or too small and it totally depends upon you how you take it and utilize it. I hope these practical experiences/ tips will boost your confidence and will help you to gain more opportunities to achieve you goals. As a paralegal or legal clerk you must have good IT
Following the death of Councillor Jan Wilson, a Book of Condolences will be available for members of the public in the Town Hall reception area. The book will give the people of Sheffield the chance to pay their respects to the former Council Leader who passed away on Monday 2nd of August 2010. The book will remain in the Town Hall reception for two weeks, after which time it will be presented to her family. John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, says: “Jan was well respected and loved for her dedication and work for the city of Sheffield. We know that people in the city want the opportunity to pay their respects, and we welcome the people of Sheffield into the Town Hall over the next two weeks to share their memories and appreciation for Jan in the Book of Condolences.” Jan was a councillor for the Manor Castle ward, and recently stood down as the Leader of the Labour Group in Sheffield, a position that she had held since 1998. During this time she was Leader of the Council for seven years. She has been a councillor in Sheffield since 1992.
knowledge, fast/accurate typing, good client care, focus and research skills. As these are the keys to entering in the main doors of any legal firm. I believe the job hunt process in ones life is very memorable mile stone as this exercise is also part of a practical training that will be needed to enter in practical life. I think if you will work hard and continue contacting law firms directly or through employment agencies for the employment or training contracts then one day the opportunity will knock on your door and you will be on board as a professional. Please never be disappointed in your life as there is a saying “Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along”. ~Hugh Allen (Disclaimer) Please contact your own solicitors for any legal advice
Labour to Condemn Coalition’s First 100 Days at Council Meeting Sheffield Labour Councillors are to mark the completion of the Coalition Government’s first 100 days in office with condemnation, at a Town Hall meeting next week. Labour will criticise the Lib Dem-Tory Coalition for making savage cuts too far, too fast and slashing millions of pounds of public funding to Sheffield. Labour will also highlight the
Con-Dem’s growing list of gaffes and their flagship ‘Free Schools’ policy will additionally come under fire. The Con-Dem Coalition’s first 100 days will be publicly debated at a Full Council meeting in Sheffield’s Town Hall at 2pm next Wednesday 1st September. Opposition Labour Deputy Leader, Councillor Bryan Lodge, said: “The Con-Dems have man-
Local Liberal Democrats in Sheffield have outlined how they are putting the City, and the surrounding Sheffield City Region, in pole position to benefit from £1billion investment announced by the Coalition Government. Sheffield City Council has been working with other local Councils, including outside of South Yorkshire , to create one of the first ‘Local Enterprise Partnerships’ in the country. This will take up the mantle of stimulating economic growth. As part of the move, supported by the Coalition Government, the regional quango Yorkshire Forward will be scrapped. Local Enterprise Partnerships could play a key role in accessing the £1 billion ‘regional growth fund’, which has been created by the Coali-
tion Government to create more private sector jobs in places like Sheffield . Lib Dems will move a proposal for the rest of the Sheffield City Council councillors to back the move at next weeks Council meeting. Cllr Paul Scriven, Liberal Democrat Leader of Sheffield City Council, said:"We know that creating more job opportunities for local people must be our number one priority. That’s why Liberal Democrats on the Council have been working hard with other Councils and businesses to ensure that Sheffield , and the wider Sheffield City Region, are in pole position to benefit from the £1 billion fund created by the Coalition Government. “Local Enterprise Partnerships will be partnerships be-
aged to put Sheffield’s economic recovery at risk in just 100 days and thanks to Messrs Clegg and Cameron we face massive cuts and widespread job losses. “The Con-Dems cancelled the loan to Forgemasters as well as slashing the budgets of Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Police by millions. Sheffield deserves better.
“Labour doesn’t think this is the right way to treat a fragile economy. The Con-Dems’ cavalier approach risks plunging Britain back into another recession. “The Lib Dems and Tories aren’t listening to people of this City. That’s why Labour are standing up for Sheffield and making our voices heard.”
Sheffield In Pole Position For Investment tween local Councils and private sector businesses. So they will be much more effective than the previous approach under Yorkshire Forward because they are more accountable, less costly and bureaucratic, deliver sustainable private sector jobs and are able to work across rigid boundaries. “Making sure that Sheffield sees a growth in good quality private sector jobs is something that all local politicians should agree on, so I hope that the whole Council will back our approach at next week's Council meeting.”
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Two Million Pound Windfall Plan For Schools In North Sheffield
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Local schools around north Sheffield are set to share in £2.3 million to improve their playgrounds and sports facilities. Plans to reinvest the sum, raised by regeneration work in the Chaucer area, reveal how 35 nearby schools could benefit from new equipment. These proposals are detailed in a Cabinet report being discussed on 4 August about potential ways to improve play, sports, and green spaces for people in the area. The sale of land at Chaucer School would pay for the development, which would attract an extra £775,000 in Government funding. If the plans are agreed 7,900 children at 25 primary schools are expected to benefit from new ‘active playgrounds’ by the end of July 2011. Whilst a further 8,600 pupils at 10 secondary schools in
the area will have new sports facilities ready in time for September 2010. The public would also be able to access the new sports equipment, as Cabinet Members want local schools to be venues for community involvement. Cllr Colin Ross, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “We have a fantastic opportunity to provide better facilities for thousands of children in Sheffield. At the same time, we want to get the very best value out of the investment for the local community, by ensuring the facilities offer high quality activities for as many people as possible to enjoy.” Holt house Infant School in Carterknowle was fitted out with similar play equipment not long ago. The Cabinet visited recently to see what the children
thought about it. Roberta Reilly, Deputy Head Teacher at Holt House Junior School, said: “The new equipment takes on all sorts of different roles in the children’s imaginations. “We quickly saw that it had a lot more potential than at first we realised. The turret and bridge is sometimes a pirate ship, a spacecraft or magic castle in the children’s imaginations. Likewise, after we read a story about a magic tunnel in class the pupils came straight outside and made up their own versions using the play apparatus. “We’ve used it as an obstacle course on sports day and also to recreate events from history.” Cllr Ross added: “Having fun and leading a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand, and the potential to draw down national sports funding cannot be overlooked.”
Does Childcare in Rotherham Meet Your Needs?
There's a new way you can help shape the future of childcare in Rotherham and win a prize for you or your family. Everyone who has a child aged 0-14 (or up to 17 for children with a disability) and lives or works in Rotherham is being asked to take part in a new online survey about childcare in the area. The results from the survey will
be used to look at what sorts of childcare parents need and use across the borough and help us plan and support childcare provision in Rotherham over the next three years. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and all those who complete it will be entered into the prize draw to win prizes including: - Family ticket to see this year's Civic Theatre
pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves - Family ticket to see The Gruffalo at the Lyceum at Sheffield. You can complete the survey online at www. rotherham.gov.uk/earlyyears If you have any queries or need any further information or would like a paper copy of the form to complete please contact Maria O'Brien on 01709 822549.
PROPERTY CORNER WHAT IS HAPPENING TO PROPERTY? by Mohammed Mahroof Over the last few months there has been a strange atmosphere around the market, people are starting to ask questions; Should we invest? Should we buy? Should we rent? Should we develop? Should we sell? What this clearly demonstrates is that the appetite for property is still very strong, albeit in a confusing economic environment. In this article, I will look at it from the investor/developers eyes, there is arguably a strong demand from local property investors who are now taking the opportunity to develop property portfolios, whilst prices are affordable and the competition from institutional investors is weak. I would say
if you are thinking of setting up a portfolio of properties, do get expert advise from a surveyor/ property consultant, who will help you find properties and identify emerging opportunities. I have seen many people take on this task on their own without advice, and they have struggled to get the portfolio to work for them. The relationship between a surveyor and property investor/developer is one of trust and entrepreneurship working together to build a strong portfolio, which I think is a key to a successful property venture. I believe there will be many opportunities for investors in the coming months, many public sector bodies will be looking to reduce their property holdings, bringing onto the market many development opportunities,
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Rotherham's Pakistani Students Break Local Councillor Puts The Records - GCSE Results 2010 Pressure On Severn Trent Rotherham students have again broken records with another rise in exam grades at GCSE. A total of 3588 students took GCSEs this year and 73.8% got 5 A*-C grades, up 6% on last year. That compares to the national figures reported this morning which saw a 2% rise at 5A*-C overall reaching 69.1%. The figure for 5A*-C including English and Maths in Rotherham also rose by 3.8% to 51.4%. In 2007, the 5A*-C figure in Rotherham was just 55.3% and the figure including English and Maths stood at 39.8%.Among the individual gains over 10% from schools were (first figure is 5A*-C, second is the figure including English and Maths):
- Thrybergh - up 33.9% to 81.9%, up 19% to 44% - Clifton - up 15% to 65%, up 4% to 33% - Wath - up 12.8% to 83%, up 0.8% to 55% - St Pius - up 7.3% to 70.3%, up 12.2% to 53.9% - Aston - up 3% to 79%, up 15% to 68% In addition, the highest performing school in Rotherham at 5A*-C was St Bernards with a rate of 89% (up 2.8% on last year), while Aston hit the top for 5A*-C including English and Maths at 68%. Councillor Paul Lakin, Cabinet Member for Safeguarding and Developing Learning Opportunities for Children, said: "These are an-
other amazing set of GCSE results and huge credit must go to all the students and everyone who has supported them through their studies. "Again we find ourselves above the national average at 5A*-C and improving faster than the national average. When you put these together with last week's A-Level figures it is clear that Rotherham schools are preparing students for the future by making sure they have a high quality education." Among individual results were: 11A*/A - Nasseem Salam and Faiza Shafiq (both Clifton), 10A*/A - Areeb Mazhar (Clifton), Ahmad Tanwir (Dinnington), Ayesha Khan (Oakwood)
Beighton Councillor Helen Mirfin-Boukouris has written to water company Seven Trent, urging them to complete vital work for a community project in Owlthorpe. The Owlthorpe Grasslands Grazing Project, which will help preserve the local environment, has recently seen Highland Cattle brought to graze on one of the fields to help improve bio-diversity. However, Council officers have been communicating with Severn Trent Water for many weeks in order to get the water supply active, but to no avail. Councillor Mirfin-
Boukouris has, in this period, contacted Severn Trent regional manager, Peter Robinson explaining that the community are not happy about the delay and they deserve better. In her most recent email to Severn Trent, Councillor Mirfin-Boukouris has urged that this be completed by next week, to prevent the project being put in jeopardy. Labour Beighton Councillor, Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, said: “Over the past two years local people and environmental planning officers at the council have worked hard to maintain and improve the
natural environment of this South East corner of the city. “Severn Trent has been paid for the work, however, we are still waiting for the connection. This is vital, as up to now the cattle are being kept watered by the help of local residents bringing water to their trough. “Severn Trent have apologised and are trying to get this work, which appears to have fallen off their schedule, completed asap. “If the connection can not be made very soon the whole project is at risk.”
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Pakistan Keeps Bleeding
Pakistan is again in the news. Unfortunately it’s always trouble when we make headlines. First time it was the torrential rains and floods, now it’s the cricket team caught for match fixing. Nearly one fifth of Pakistan lies under muddy waters. Millions of people have been dislocated. Heavy losses of life and property have occurred. We are facing a catastrophe of nightmarish nature. Future doesn't seem so bright either. There will be worse problems as the water recedes and people start heading back to their ruined homes. Right now the issue is to feed them and provide temporary shelter. Later on the requirements will change. Much rebuilding and rehabilitation will be required. Resources will be taxed and there are bound to be shortages unless special measures are taken and help comes aplenty. Speaking of shortages there is another shortage which has been keenly felt during these times. Namely the shortage of credibility. In these hard times it has become difficult to find genuine means of transferring aid to flood victims. People don't trust the government period. Neither do the foreign aid agencies. They are working through their own setups while people have to figure out who to trust with their good intentions. Presently there are two leaders in the trust race. Army and Imran Khan. Somehow both of
them catch the imagination of the people as deliverers. There others of course. The religious groups seem to be doing a good job as well. Also there are other organizations and individuals who have taken upon themselves to insure that the aid reaches the right people. The question is where does it leave the government? After all we have voted for them and put them in place of honour and control. One would infer that they would be the ones we would trust to do the best for our interests but the evidence points to the contrary. We are willing to trust them with our future but not willing to trust them with our money or when it matters. We have welcomed back democracy but now our hopes lie with the army. A great leader has even called for their return to save him from himself. We call Imran Khan hopeless as a politician but trust him to be true as a deliverer. There is something really weird going on. Somehow we have shut our eyes to the reality of our surroundings and walk in a dream. It is inevitable that we will stumble and fall some day. True test of the nature of a person or an organization comes when faced with hard times. We are seeing our fragile systems collapse as the floods devastate our landscape. It’s time to think and reflect if we really want to do better. Its time to make decisions according to
our realities. People have often asked me if I follow our national cricket team. I have always told them that they are heart breakers. There is nothing wrong with losing. That I can swallow. Its losing face which bothers me. Such shame they have bestowed upon us once again. But as I said before we live in a dream world. All these practices of match fixing, betting, late nights, women, booze and drugs have been rife in our cricket and are common knowledge. Now that the cover is blown we stand stunned. How naïve can you be. It seems that as a nation we have developed this disease of loosing all sense of reality. Everybody knows what is happening around them but we have persistently denied our issues. I have always promoted that we have to see the end of all things to have a chance for betterment. I see a silver lining in all that is going on. Perhaps we have reached our limits from whence we will have to make the right choices or perish. I personally want to live and suicide is not an option. I would figure that should be the sane choice for every normal person. Maybe it’s time to find someone normal with bit of common sense to lead this nation. I am open to suggestions and I believe the nation will too sooner than expected.
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Former Home Secretary, Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, today welcomed moves to outlaw clamping on private land outlined by the Lib Dem/ Tory coalition – while noting that it was the second time in a week that the Government had “stolen its predecessors’ clothes”. Mr Blunkett was commenting on the announcement by the Home Office that the Government will include in its so-called “freedom Bill” this autumn a provision to outlaw the clamping of vehicles on private land. The Labour Government passed a Crime and Security Act before it left office which would have regulated clamping firms. Mr Blunkett today revealed a letter which he sent to Home
Secretary Theresa May on 9 August calling for the Act to be implemented, following the distress experienced by residents at a shopping centre in his own constituency earlier this month. Mr Blunkett said: “I welcome any action that implements the previous, Labour Government’s policies – but this is twice in a week, following the announcement about the ‘ending’ of mixedsex wards, that the coalition have proclaimed Labour policy to be their own initiative. “We can expect more of this during the rest of August. It has to be the most audacious example of stealing predecessors’ clothes in recent political memory.”
A woman who fraudulently claimed benefits totalling nearly £22,000 has been convicted of benefit fraud by Rotherham Magistrates. Janet Milewski (55) of Stokewell Road, Wathupon-Dearne was given a six month curfew order and ordered to pay £500 costs after failing to declare a change in circumstances to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and the Department for Work and Pensions. The Council’s Fraud Investigation Unit received a referral from the Audit Commission’s National Fraud Initiative which indicated that there was a possibility that Milewski had a partner living with her at Stokewell Road. Further checks revealed that no partner had been declared by Mrs Milewski when claiming Housing Benefit, Council Tax
Benefit and Income Support. Milewski was formally interviewed and admitted that her partner was living with her and had been for a number of years. She also stated that she knew that she should have informed the both the Council’s benefit section and the Department for Work and Pensions. Milewski said she had not done so for financial reasons and admitted that in withholding this fact she had been dishonest in her actions. The District Judge at Rotherham Magistrates Court ordered that because of the size of the fraud, the sentence of the maximum 6 months curfew order for 12 hours each day between the hours of 7 pm and 7 am should be applied. He further told Milewski that she was lucky not to receive a custodial sentence.
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“Taxi drivers are scared that their Radio’s will be taken away, says Chairman PHDA Mohammed Yasin” An emergency meeting was held with Sheffield private hire taxi drivers at PMC, chairmain PHDA adressed all concerns that taxi drivers face. Concerns ranging from section 52, where if a driver is involved in an incident with Police, if the licencing officer decides that the offence is serious , then he can revoke the taxi drivers licence until the matte is resolved. Other concerns vary from MOT, licencing Fee’s, 10% charged on a credit job and the list continues of the other serious concerns. The licencing department and the big companies have monopolised the system where the drivers have no say. More than 200 drivers attended the meeting and all decided to put forward a resolution that if the council and the taxi companies are not prepared to listen to their concerns then they will seriously consider to go on a strike until these matters are is resolved.
Chairman Private Hire Drivers Association (PHDA) Raja Mohammed Yasin adressing to the private hire drivers in an emergency meeting held at Pakistan Muslim Centre (PMC) on 13th August 2010.
Sheffield’s Clampers Clamped By New Government Local Liberal Democrats in Sheffield have welcomed the news that wheel clampers will be banned from operating on private land in Sheffield as part of moves to ban them across England and Wales. The new legislation, to be introduced by the Coalition Government in November, will result in anyone clamping a vehicle or towing it away on private land facing tougher penalties. The planned legislation, announced by the Home Office, will be introduced in the Government's Freedom Bill in November and will come into force shortly after Royal Assent. Cllr Paul Scriven, who is the Liberal Democrat Leader of Sheffield City Council and has been a keen campaigner against wheel clampers locally, said: " All too often I have received requests for help from Sheffielders with tales of how they are being ripped off and bullied by these private parking companies. But be-
cause of the rules there was little that could be done. However, I’m delighted that this will change now that we have a Government who are willing to take the clampers on. “For a long time this has been an unregulated racket operated mainly by unscrupulous cowboys, with some people making a lot of money from the misfortune of others. The ban on clampers can’t come soon enough.” More than 2,000 existing clamping licences will be revoked as a result of the Freedom Bill, with towing away also set to be outlawed. Only police or councils will be allowed to immobilise or remove a car in exceptional circumstances, such as a vehicle blocking a road. Paul added: “Because Lib Dems have ensured that the Council has a policy of not using clamping, Sheffield will become a clamp free zone once these new laws put forward by the Coalition Government come into force.”
More than £20,000 was raised in a Charity Dinner for Pakistan Floods held at Apna Restaurant, Dinner organised Ch Ghazi, Nasir Mir and also by the local business community of Sheffield and Rotherham.
Lib Dems Ensure Green Bin Reprieve
Today the Liberal Democrats on Sheffield City Council have revealed they will ensure that local residents who have a Green Bin for garden waste are able to keep them as part of the new citywide recycling service. The whole of Sheffield is set to receive a new monthly garden waste recycling service from April next year, using large re-usable hessian sacks. At the moment only residents in the South East of the City have a garden waste recycling service using Green Bins. Originally it had been planned to replace Green Bins with the large hessian sacks so that residents in the South East of Sheffield would have the same receptacle as the rest of the City. However, after listening to local people Lib Dems have today confirmed that the Green Bins will stay. Cllr Paul Scriven, Liberal Democrat
Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: "Making sure that the whole city received a garden waste recycling service was a key priority for the Liberal Democrats on the Council, therefore I’m delighted that it will roll out in April and I know many people who haven’t had this service before are looking forward to it. “However, it became clear from talking to local residents who already had a Green Bin that they really wanted to keep them. That’s why we have changed our plans to ensure that Green Bins will stay, whilst we will still be able to roll out the new service to the rest of the city. I believe this is a much better solution then what Labour suggested, which was to scrap the new service to the rest of the City completely. “We know that we don’t always get things right first time, as much as we would like to.
But I hope this shows that we are listening to local people and are willing to change things if they tell us something could be done better.”Cllr Gail Smith , Liberal Democrat councillor for Mosborough Ward, one of the areas with a Green Bin service, said: “Local people have been getting in touch with me to say that whilst they understand it is only fair to offer a garden waste service to the rest of the City as well as the South East, they really would like to keep their Green Bins if possible. Since then I have been taking the issue up with the Council and I’m delighted that we have been listened to and the Green Bins will stay. It just goes to show that Lib Dems are willing to listen and act upon local people’s feedback.”
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Muhammad Ali, Chairperson of the Pakistan Muslim Centre added “It is so humbling to see that people form all walks of life have turned up today to help launch this appeal. We are keen for people in Sheffield City Region to come forward with their fund-raising initiatives and place the funding into this single fund for Sheffield. We can then say to the victims of the floods that this is a gift of friendship and support from all the people of Sheffield and the region. It’s great to see that today we have people of Pakistani origin as well as people with no link to Pakistan, Muslims, Christians, and people of many different ethnic backgrounds. The flood victims need our help now and we hope to provide medical support and clean water facilities as the two priorities.”The event was attended by a wide range of other
(A) Justice: The absolute authority of the unjust rulers, in most cases, is the result of people's rebellion against and disobedience to the Lord: The Prophet (s) said: "Allah says: I am Allah. There is no god but I. I have created the kings whose hearts are in My hand. I will make the hearts of the kings full of mercy towards the people who obey Me, but I will make them full of rancor towards the people who disobey Me. Do not engage yourselves in reviling at the kings. You must repent to Me so that I will make their hearts full of compassion towards you." 663. Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "It is obligatory upon a Muslim to listen (to the ruler) and obey whether he likes it or not, except when he is ordered to do a sinful thing; in such case, there is no obligation to listen or to obey.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]. 2. 673. Abu Bakrah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, "He who insults the rulers Allah will insult him.'' [At-Tirmidhi] 3. 671. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Whosoever ob me, obeys Allah; and he who disobeys me, disobeys Allah; and whosoever obeys the Amir (leader), in fact, obeys notable dignitaries and community members including the Consul General of Pakistan Mr Tariq sumro, the Lord Mayor Alan Law, Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, boxer Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham, BBC broadcast journalist Wa-
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Child Road Accidents Policy Is “Wrong-Headed”, Says Blunkett
Rt Hon David Blunkett, MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, has responded to the study by Road Safety Analysis, which shows that children living in poorer areas are more likely to be road accident victims than children living in more affluent communities. This finding chimes with figures published in A Tale of Two Cities, the study of inequalities in Sheffield authored by Professor Danny Dorling and the Department of Human Geography team at the University of Sheffield in 2009. In the Sheffield study, between 2005 and 2007, there were 125 road traffic casualties in the Shiregreen
area of the city, while there were fewer than six in better-off Worrall. Over 700 people were killed or injured on the roads in the old Sheffield Brightside constituency in that two-year period – a figure which was 143% lower in Nick Clegg’s better-off constituency of Sheffield Hallam. The Road Safety Analysis study compared accident casualties in Preston with better-off Kensington and Chelsea in London. Mr Blunkett said: “Road Safety Analysis have conducted a valuable study, which reinforces the conclusion in A Tale of Two Cities that this disparity does not simply apply between different parts of the
country – it also applies within cities themselves. “The problem can only be made worse by a wrong-headed distribution of resources by local authorities – as is the case with the Liberal Democrat leaders of Sheffield City Council. They continue to distribute money equally to all areas of the city to tackle traffic blackspots, regardless of evidence and need. “Paul Scriven and his team should immediately take heed of this further evidence that poorer areas of the city are at much greater risk of death and injury on the roads, change their policy and stop withdrawing funds from the north of Sheffield.”
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NHS Direct scrapped cont “When NHS 111 is rolled out nationally, it will replace the NHS Direct 0845 4647 telephone number,” the department said yesterday. People can dial 111 to get health advice and information about out-of-hours GPs, walk-in centres, emergency dentists and 24-hour chemists. Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary and Labour leadership contender,
reached out to Liberal Democrats today to call for a public debate over the coalition's NHS reforms. "Changes are being forced on the NHS with no consultation, no piloting and no evidence," he wrote in a letter to Lib Dem MPs. "I do not believe that the people who voted for you at the election voted for such a radical break-up plan."
Recycling Revolution Taking Off In Sheffield
The Liberal Democrat Group on Sheffield City Council have revealed new figures which show that the new recycling service introduced by the Council is collecting double the amount of waste than the old service. Lib Dems have revealed that findings from areas already using the new service show double the recycling waste has been collected compared to the previous service. On average households are recycling 14kg of waste every four weeks, an increase on the 7kg average under the old service. The new service has also seen local residents placing less rubbish in the black bin and up to an estimated 20% more local people using kerbside recycling services. The news will come as a blow to opposition councillors on Sheffield City Council who
have described the new service as a “waste of money”. Cllr Paul Scriven, Liberal Democrat Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: "It’s great to see that local people who have the new service have doubled their recycling whilst reducing the amount of waste they put in the black bin. It’s also particularly pleasing to see that up to 20% more local people are using the new service compared to the old one. “Unlike those local Labour councillors who have branded the new service as a ‘waste of money’, Liberal Democrats believe that protecting our environment and increasing recycling. A massive well done must go to those Sheffielders who are making the new service a real success.” The new service sees fortnightly collections of paper, card, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles
and cans collected from the kerbside for the first time ever in Sheffield . The old service only included a monthly collection for paper and card. The new recycling service started in the north of the City in April this year. It was then rolled out to the areas such as Fulwood, Broomhill and Shirecliffe in phase two during June. It is due to roll out to phase three areas, which include Totley, Gleadless Valley and Shiregreen, from September. The whole City will be covered by the end of the year. Paul added “Phase three of the service is due to start rolling out in September so that even more people can take advantage of more opportunities to recycle. In the meantime we will continue to listen to feedback to see how we can improve the service for local people.”
Shape The Future Of Your Local Area
Sheffield City Council is calling for local businesses and residents to get involved with work to improve and shape the future of their local area. Consultation is going on in streets all over the city over the coming weeks, as teams from Sheffield City Council gather the opinions of businesses and residents. Look out for people in black and white aprons and boaters! During August Council staff and local champions will also be talking to traders and local people to get their views about more than 50 neighbourhoods in the city. Councillor David Baker,
Sheffield City Council’s Deputy Leader, says: “This is a really exciting piece of work where we are getting out of the Town Hall, and finding out what matters to the people who live and work in Sheffield’s local neighbourhoods. Sheffield is made up of a fantastic range of diverse areas, each with their own unique character. Over the coming weeks we will be going into lots of different neighbourhoods, from Stocksbridge in the North to Woodseats in the South. We want opinions from the streets of Sheffield, and will be finding out what people like about
their local centres, what's special about these places and what they would like to see in the future. We want to hear from as many people as possible as we travel round the city. By finding out what local residents and businesses value we can shape our plans around what people living in these areas want.” The information gathered through this work will be available on the Council website, and will form the basis of the first draft of Sheffield City Council’s Thriving District and Local Centres Strategy. The strategy aims to develop the standard and range of
services and facilities available in Sheffield’s centres, as well as to highlight what's distinctive and special about each. To find out when the consultation will be happening in your area go to www. sheffield.gov.uk/thrivingcentres or call 0114 203 9568. Residents can also consult by completing the on line survey at the website.
Mobile Libraries Book In More Stops
Mobile libraries will be making more visits, for longer in Sheffield thanks to improvements by the Council. It has introduced a new timetable for mobile libraries which goes into operation this week. The changes increase the amount of stopping time and reduce the amount of time the mobile libraries spend travelling. The number of mobile library stops has gone up to 197, and in the process 48 new stops are being introduced and 44 stops are no longer being used. Of the original 195 stops, 149 remain the same. Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed, Cabinet Member for Communities from Sheffield City Council explained: “We asked our customers what they thought of the mobile libraries and they told us to make them more ac-
cessible. So we have looked at all the stops, considered how popular they are, where they are; especially their proximity to a community library, how long the stops are and the travelling time. We also looked at where mobile libraries were having problems being able to park at the stop. “As a result we’ve changed the timetable to provide more stops that are for longer periods of time. For many of the places where we’ve had problems parking, we’ve found alternative locations to use nearby. We’ve cancelled some stops that weren’t proving very popular with customers and some stops that were already close to a community library. And we’ve created many more new stops so the mobile libraries can serve
new customers in parts of Sheffield they’ve not visited before. “Above all, we have changed the routes and the stops to be at the right place at the right time.” For the first time the mobile libraries will be calling in at nurseries, sheltered housing accommodation and some additional care homes. Mobile libraries are free and open to all. You can use any Sheffield City Council library, including the mobile ones, if you become a library member. To join, call in to any library or visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/ libraries. For more information about mobile library stops in your area you can telephone Sheffield 2734277, email mobileservices.library@sheffield. gov.uk or look at www.sheffield. gov.uk/mobiles
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Deputy Prime Minister helps Sheffield launch Flood Appeal Sheffield City Council in partnership with the city’s Pakistan Muslim Centre and other community organisations has launched the joint Pakistan Flood Appeal (Sheffield City Region). Acting Leader of Sheffield Council Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed said “we say to the people of Sheffield that we ourselves experienced the devastation that floods can cause when in 2007 many homes and businesses were flooded locally. We saw at that time how our daily lives were affected. Now we have a situa-
tion in Pakistan where 20 million people are affected by the floods, 1600 have died and there is the danger of more deaths from water-borne diseases. It is important that we stand together with the victims in Pakistan and show them our support and solidarity.” The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, also attended the launch at Sheffield Town Hall and said “The scale of the devastation in these floods is huge. There has been a slow start from the international community in responding to the needs of those people
affected in Pakistan. However, Britain has offered and we see that the United Nations has also been receiving pledges from a number of other nations. Whilst the early response has been slow, it is now becoming clearer to the international community that the impact is greater than the Asian Tsunami. In some circles this is being termed as the ‘slow tsunami’ and the impact will be eve greater. We say to the Pakistani people we are with you at this time of need.” Cont P No..17
Many parents are ticking off the last few days of the school summer holidays. Next year the ConDem government wants to put 100,000 single parents with children over five years back into work, along with a further 120,000 currently on benefits, which they say will save £380m. How? With job cuts including 610,000 by 2015 in the public sector alone, it's a given that there aren't enough jobs for
the 220,000 parents to go to. A far more pressing issue is that far fewer jobs paying a reasonable wage are possible within school hours. Gingerbread's Changing the Workplace report found that 97% of parents had seen no, or few, jobs advertised for hours within school hours. And 97% could not find jobs with any degree of flexibility. Primary school practices curtail working par-
ents time and again, by ensuring that school holidays and wrap around childcare are untenable with working hours. The coalition has failed to address the issue of the 13 weeks of school holidays spread throughout the year. With two parents taking an average four weeks' annual leave separately from each other it is impossible; with a single parent it is simply unworkable.
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