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Lib Dems and Greens pleased with Sheffield election results

Lib Dems group leader councillor Shaffaq Mohammed and Green group speaker councillor Douglas Johnson have welcomed the local election results after both parties maintained their current number of seats on Sheffield City Council. Labour and the Green Party exchanged a seat, with Labour gaining Nether Edge and Sharrow and the Greens gaining Hillsborough but there were no other changes with the council set to continue under no overall control. Labour, remain the largest party on 39 seats, four short of a majority. Sheffield Liberal Democrats have 29 seats and the Green Party have 14. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

South Yorkshire Mayor: Election results good for Labour

South Yorkshire Mayor, Oliver Coppard, speaking to Sheffield Live!, said the over-all local election results are good for Labour despite his party not winning more seats to gain a majority in Sheffield. His comments followed the resignation earlier of councillor Terry Fox as leader of Sheffield City Council. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Sheffield residents responds to voter photo ID law

Polling stations across Sheffield opened on Thursday for the local elections with the requirement, for the first time, that voters show photo identification before being allowed to vote. Elections are taking place for Council seats in many parts of England with Sheffield having 29 of the 84 council seats up for grabs. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to some of those voting to get their views on the introduction of the voter identification at polling stations.

Charity calls for more support to deaf people

As part of Deaf Awareness Week, the RNID charity, which supports people with hearing difficulties, is calling for more support for people who are deaf or have hearing loss. The campaign aims to increase public awareness in the workp;ace and daily lfe about the nature of deafness and the communities, cultures, languages, and sign languages of deaf people. Sheffield Live! reporter Bailor Jalloh spoke to Teri Devine, director for inclusion at RNID.

Teachers’ strikes continue over pay dispute

Pupils and parents faced another day of disruption this week as teachers in England went on strike again over their ongoing pay dispute with government. Members of the National Education Union (NEU) in England were out of their classrooms on Tuesday for the fifth day of national strike action this year. On previous strike days, dozens of schools in South Yorkshire were either fully or partially closed. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Toby Malinson, joint branch secretary for the NEU Sheffield branch.

Sheffield young artists’ exhibition opens

An art exhibition displaying over 900 paintings submitted by students aged 5 to 18 years from 46 schools in Sheffield is on display at Central United Reformed Church on Norfolk Street. The annual Sheffield Young Artists Exhibition, established 20 years ago, is organised by Abbeydale Rotary Club. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to organiser Ken Marshall and student artist Liesha Barle.

Foodbank calls for more support for families in need

Hillsborough-based charity S6 Foodbank has welcomed the new cost of living payment to help struggling families but say more support is needed. Speaking to Sheffield Live! Alison Wise said more help is needed for poor households as the number of people using their foodbank has rocketed in the last 12 months. Millions of people on means-tested benefits including Universal Credit and Tax Credit will receive the £301 instalment by mid-May or earlier. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Concern grows among those with family in Sudan

Sudanese residents in Sheffield are desperately worried about their families back home as tensions grow amid a ceasefire between the two rival military factions. Abdel Khalig Elmannan told Sheffield Live! his family left Khartoum on Wednesday to a “safe place” near the Egyptian border. The first flight carrying British citizens out of Sudan departed on Wednesday. The British government is still urging UK passport holders to make their own way to the airport as the rescue mission continues. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Charity opens helpline to support bereaved families

Sheffield based charity, Diverse City Development Trust, has opened a new help line to support bereaved families in the city. Here to Hear, is a multi-lingual and multi-faith bereavement listening service for those struggling to come to terms with loss and grief. Sheffield Live! reporter Ballor Jalloh spoke to helpline support coordinator Rida Shoukat.

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