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Asda jobs under threat in contracts dispute

Thousands of Asda workers face a choice between losing their jobs or losing in-work benefits in a row over the introduction of flexible working contracts. The GMB union who represent Asda staff are being backed by Sheffield Trades Union Council in their dispute. The supermarket chain claims the changes are needed to adapt to the demands of competition. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Martin Mayer, secretary of Sheffield Trades Union Council.

South Yorkshire MPs split on Brexit Bill

The government’s Brexit bill scraped through a second reading vote but has been put on hold by the Prime Minister following MPs rejection of the government’s three day debate timetable. South Yorkshire MPs Dan Jarvis, Sarah Champion, Kevin Barron and Caroline Flint were among the Labour rebels voting with the government. Sheffield Live ! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to local people to get their views on the latest Brexit turmoil.

Petitioners call to end roll out of Universal Credit

Sheffield Stop and Scrap Universal Credit campaigners have presented to Sheffield Labour MP Louise Haigh a petition against the Government’s flagship welfare policy. Hundreds of names have been collected many from areas of the city with direct experience of the controversial Universal Credit system. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to campaigners Jennifer Jones and Wendy Emmett.

Sheffield charities join efforts on homelessness

Housing and homeless organisations in Sheffield have come together to share experiences and ideas to ensure everyone has a place to call home. Shelter, South Yorkshire Housing Association, Roundabout and Crisis were among Sheffield organisations at the event hosted at Theatre Deli to review support for the homeless including accommodation and housing services. Sheffield Live spoke to Tracey Nathan, manager of Shelter Sheffield.

Students launch NHS action group

Students at the University of Sheffield have launched an action group to defend the NHS with over 100 students joining since its launch at the start of the university term. Founder and medical student Dan Veness told Sheffield Live! the group plans to work alongside the Sheffield Save Our NHS campaign and has the backing of the Sheffield Students Union. Azz Mohammed reports.

Epilepsy charity celebrates 30 years

The Sheffield branch of Epilepsy Action are celebrating thirty years of voluntary work supporting those affected by epilepsy and raising funds for epilepsy services. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke Duncan Frogatt, chair of Sheffield Epilepsy Action.

Violence reduction fund opens in South Yorkshire

Youth organisations in South Yorkshire are being invited to present proposals for funding from the region’s newly launched Violence Reduction Unit. The unit has been awarded £1.6m of Home Office funding for work on preventing and reducing violent crime and is inviting youth and community organisations to apply for grants of up to £20,000. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

SynthFest returns to Sheffield

The UK’s premier synthesizer festival, SynthFest, has returned to Sheffield for its fourth year with over 1000 delegates attending exhibitions, workshops and performance at the Octagon Centre. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Paul Gilby, festival organiser and digital media director at Sound on Sound.