Cllr Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “These are extraordinary circumstances requiring strong leadership which is why I have enacted the powers I have.

“Our residents and businesses need a swift response so they receive the support they vitally need during these difficult times. To enable this, we, as a council, took the decision to ensure our officers had the freedom to act quickly where they needed to, particularly in areas such as businesses and care homes, where support was needed swiftly. This does not mean either me or the Cabinet have negated our duties in Leading or decision making. We have not. We still make the decisions needed to help get the City and the Council through these difficult times as shown at the recent Cabinet meeting which was conducted in full public view and showed the decision making process in full.

“I am sure the many people who have been supported by the Council will agree we have made the right move in our decision making to ensure a swift response to help those most in need and there has been a huge amount of work done by the council to keep services open and available.”

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