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 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.
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.
The 11th World Water Bombing Championships were held at Ponds Forge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Queen presented Maundy day money to 89 people who were over the age of 70 for services to their communities.
Sheffield is set to have its own Chinese Quarter which will host a residential and retail area, a Plaza as well as a business incubator which will encourage Chinese business to come and be based in the City.
A local film producer is asking other tenants in The Workstation to put food under the Christmas tree which will be distributed by the Sheffield Food Collective to foodbanks that have highest demand.
City Hearts provide support and accommodation to women and children who are survivors of Human Trafficking.
The Freedom Riders are fighting for the return of free travel for pensioners. Two of the protesters were arrested earlier on this year and were due in court today. The protest turned in to a celebration as it was announced last week that charges were being dropped.
John Burkhill has had thousands of people signing a petition to get him a star on the Walk of Fame outside Sheffield Town Hall. The man with a pram met Jennifer Dunstan, who started the campaign, for the first time when they were both interviewed by Sheffield Live! The 38 degrees petition is now heading towards seven thousand signatures.