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Sheffield hit by worst floods since 2007

Sheffield experienced one of the wettest days on record as heavy rainfall caused disruption in the city. Floods across South Yorkshire created chaos with 64mm of rain in Sheffield in 24 hours, the equivalent of a normal month’s precipitation. The incident brought memories of the 2007 floods in which two people lost their lives and extensive damage was caused to homes and businesses. South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have responded to over 1200 weather calls and rescued over 120 people. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Workplace parking levy could reduce pollution

Proposals for workplace parking levy are among a raft of green policy actions tabled for consideration by Sheffield Council. The proposals, sponsored by the Green Party, respond to Sheffield’s commitment to tackle the climate crisis. Councillor Douglas Johnson told Sheffield Live! a similar approach taken by Nottingham Council has raised around £9 million to invest in public transport, cycle paths and walking routes. Azz Mohammed reports.

Young artist wins Orchard Square competition

Recent Sheffield Hallam University illustration graduate Will Rea has been commissioned to create a public art installation for Orchard Square. The award follows a design competition for young artists run in collaboration with Museums Sheffield. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Abseiling challenge raised thousands for charity

The annual abseiling challenge down the sheer face of Hallam University’s Owen Building has raised more than £6000 for the British Red Cross. Despite the rain, dozens of participants took part in the 120 foot abseil down the landmark building that greets arrivals to Sheffield with the words of Andrew Motion’s poem ‘What if?…’ Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Lord Mayor launches Poppy Appeal

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Tony Dowling has launched the city’s annual Poppy Appeal which recognises the memory of those who have fallen in war. This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day where many lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

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.