Endcliffe church launches life skills training project

Christ Church Endcliffe is pioneering a new eight week life skills training course to support people to live better on a low income including help with budgeting and decision making. The initiative is backed by the charity Christians Against Poverty which offers support to people regardless of age, gender, faith or background and provides services such as debt counselling and money management as well as life skills training. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to life skills coach Paul Gardner.

Campaigners dispute £500k cost to save memorial trees

Tree campaigners have dismissed Sheffield Council’s claim that it will cost around half a million pounds to save the war memorial trees on Western Road. A Council report has assessed the financial impact of retaining the Western Road trees and making surrounding road and pavements safe, funds which the Council says would require it to re-prioritise spending on core services such as adult social care. However campaigners say the price is grossly inflated. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

One in two parents have not made a will, says Will Aid charity

According to new research carried out by the charity Will Aid, 57 percent of Yorkshire parents with children under eighteen have not made a will. Will Aid is promoting an annual campaign in partnership with leading law firms to offer a free will writing service with a suggested donation to raise funds for charitable causes. Last year the campaign raised over £1m for its charity partners. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Alex Gibbons from Buchanan and Co.

Loan shark suspect arrested in Shiregreen

A 44 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering following a joint operation involving trading standards officials and South Yorkshire Police. The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) working with Sheffield City Council’s Trading Standards Department and South Yorkshire Police executed a warrant at a property in Shiregreen, seizing documentation. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Equality campaigners call for more action on gender pay gap

A recent study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies indicates men still get paid significantly more than women, with the difference increasing for women with children. New rules requiring companies with over 250 employees to report gender pay differences will come into effect in 2017. Equality campaigners argue more needs to be done. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Carol Keen of the Women’s Equality Party.

Sheffield opens an alternative to high cost credit lending

Sheffield has become the first city in the country to introduce a new approach providing alternatives to high-cost credit and door step loan companies. This follows the Sheffield Fairness Commission’s plans to help the city’s residents trapped using high-cost credit. ‘Sheffield Money’ opened today on Cambridge Street, and will operate as a not for profit broker service. It’s been set up by a partnership, led by the Sheffield Executive Board, and supported by Sheffield City Council. I went along, and spoke to Leader of the council, Julie Dore.

Rotherham roll out Adopt a Post Office Scheme

Concerns raised by Rotherham Older People’s Forum and Age UK about community safety have lead to them working in partnership with South Yorkshire Police and the Post Office. The scheme will see a Police Community Support Officer designed to a Post Office to give reassurance to those using the services.