Sheffield City Council has set a balanced budget for 2020/21 and is investing millions in to services across the city, a significant achievement following a decade of austerity.
As well as investments into services that protect the most vulnerable in the city such as children and young people, the council is also focusing on improving Sheffield’s neighbourhoods, regenerating the city, and taking steps to tackle the climate crisis.
Councillor Terry Fox, Deputy Leader at Sheffield City Council said: “We have listened to the people of Sheffield and how they want us to invest in their city. Taking feedback from the Big City Conversation and our budget consultation we have developed plans to address the most prominent concerns and needs of our residents.
“We are improving people’s experience in Sheffield, be it their local neighbourhood, the parks and green spaces they visit, developing a vibrant city centre or the quality of the air we all breathe. We are also providing more money for our children and young people and more money for vulnerable adults so that everyone has the chance to lead healthy fulfilled lives. It’s a huge achievement.”
A three year programme to make Sheffield’s streets safer and cleaner, will see £2.5 million invested to create better neighbourhoods, tackling waste, fly-tipping and graffiti problems, improving tenancy issues and addressing crime and anti-social behaviour.
Cllr Fox continued: “Everyone should feel safe in their homes and walking our streets, and I want all our residents to love where they live. I know this is important to people in Sheffield, and through this neighbourhood improvement programme we are determined to bring a sense of pride and cohesion in to all our communities.”
Demand on services for the most vulnerable in Sheffield and nationally has never been higher. To meet this demand and the increasing pressures on council services, a further £800,000 is being spent for key infrastructure to support care placements.
Young people’s services will also receive an additional £2million this year to help meet the many challenges young people are now facing.
Cllr Fox added: “We are providing an additional £18 million this year, making a total of £53 million over last three years towards our people’s service, which demonstrates our commitment to protecting the most vulnerable in the city.
“I’m extremely proud that we are able to invest in the delivery of essential services, whilst continuing to make Sheffield a great place to live, work and visit.
“There will still be many challenges to overcome but we have worked hard to get to this position and we will always have the best interests of Sheffield and our residents at the heart of everything we do.”
Relating documents are available on the Sheffield City Council website