Thousands took part in a rally outside City Hall in support of strike action called by staff from Sheffield’s two universities and from other higher education institutions across the country. Staff at both of universities are taking action for better pay and working conditions, with many complaining about excessive workloads. University of Sheffield staff are also taking action for improved pensions. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Jane Fearon, branch secretary for the University College Union at Sheffield Hallam.
Businesses hit by the recent flood disaster are counting the costs of repair and replacement as clean up operations continue in flood hit areas. Sheffield Live! spoke to Mark Akid, director of DM Audio, whose sound systems hire business has been left with thousands of pounds worth of damage. Government grants of up to £5,000 have been promised for flood hit businesses but for some the losses are likely to be much greater. Azz Mohammed reports.
Students and Palestinian solidarity activists marked the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People by holding a rally outside Sheffield Hallam University. Demonstrators backed the international boycott campaign which calls for action against companies that profit from discrimination against Palestinians and from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Yazan Khader, of the University of Sheffield Palestine Society.
Local charities and Sheffield Council have come together in the Help Us Help project to improve awareness and understanding of services and support for the homeless and those begging on the streets. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Tracey Ford of the Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team at Sheffield Council.
Students at the University of Sheffield have launched a research project, Improve the City, communicating with local people and those passing through to identify priorities for change in the urban environment. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield’s annual Peace and Craft Fair is seeking new volunteers to take over the baton following the success of this year’s event held earlier this month. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to organiser Tricia Sheerer.
New eco homes are being built in Kelham Island by Citu Group with energy from solar and other renewable sources. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Citu director Frazer Stride.
Labour has promised billions of pounds of investment building new council houses, providing free internet broadband and supporting the NHS. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Shadow Attorney General Baroness Shami Chakrabatti who was in Sheffield for the special party leaders’ edition of BBC Question Time.
UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, criticised Jeremy Corbyn for his neutral stance on a future Brexit referendum if Labour wins the next general election. Speaking to Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed , after the special party leaders’ edition of BBC Question Time, Raab said: “How can you claim to be a leader and stay neutral on the biggest issue affecting this country in this election?” Corbyn has said acting as an “honest broker” was a “sensible way forward”.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson, visited an eco-home building site in Kelham Island ahead of the special leaders’ edition of BBC Question Time in Sheffield. Swinson pledged to tackle homelessness by building more affordable homes. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!