Anger grows over chief executive lockdown party

The fate of Sheffield Council’s chief executive, Kate Josephs, is set to be decided by a cross-party committee after it emerged she held a leaving party in December 2020 during the pandemic lockdown. Josephs previously led the government’s Covid-19 taskforce before her appointment to lead Sheffield Council. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Fundraising campaign launched to save homework club

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help sustain Broomhall Homework Club after Sheffield University decided to cut its funding. The club, which started over three decades ago, supports around 50 students at any one time with most being from ethnic minority communities in the local area. The students, aged from eight to 18 years receive help with reading and spelling, through to GCSE revision and A-level course work. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jallh spoke to Jillian Creasey, chair of the board of trustees.

Sheffield barbershop becomes autism friendly

A hair salon in Sheffield has extended its current space to provide support for children and adults with autism and others who may experience anxiety or stress. The additional space at The Cutting Crew located on London Road, provides toys for chldren and a quiet relaxing salon with dim lighting and no music to support. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Kathy Chisholm, owner of the The Cutting Crew.

Concern grows over double redline consultation

A consultation on proposed changes to bus lane hours and bus stops, as well as to how parking, waiting and loading restrictions are enforced on Ecclesall Road has attracted of concerns by business owners and residents. Councillor Douglas Johnson, executive member for climate change, environment and transport told Sheffield Live! the proposal aims to improve bus services in the area. But some business owners fear the scheme will have a huge impact on their businesses. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

New quit smoking campaign launched

Smokefree Sheffield has launched a new campaign that aims to empower smokers to know they are “Strong enough to quit”. Campaign organisers aim to help more people stop smoking, improve their health and wellbeing as well as save more money to their pockets. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield NHS bosses encourage vaccine take-up

Sally Conlan, deputy nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and leading the vaccine program in the city, advised residents who have not yet done so to get the booster jab to protect themselves and their friends. Her comments came as UK medical experts confirmed a fourth Covid vaccine jab is not yet needed because booster doses continue to provide high protection against severe disease from the Omicron variant among older adults. Data from the UK Health Security Agency shows three months after the booster dose, protection against hospitalisation remains at about 90 per cent for people aged 65 and over. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Millions could face prescription charges with NHS rule change

Government plans to align the free prescriptions eligibility age with the state pension age of 66 could see millions facing additional healthcare costs from as early as April 2022. The planned change to NHS rules could also be accompanied by a hike in the standard NHS prescription charge of £9.35 for those not eligible for free medication. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Sheffield Save our NHS spokesperson, Jeremy Short.

Household energy bills to soar in 2022

Sheffield Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed is calling on the government and Sheffield Council to do do more to help households struggling with rising energy costs. Research by the Liberal Democrats suggests that over the coming year energy bills will increase by an extra £195 per household compared to 2020, due to a rise in the “energy price cap”. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Covid cases rise in sharply in Sheffield

The number of positive Omicron-related Covid cases has “sky-rocketed” according to Greg Fell, director of public health for Sheffield. The number of positive cases are in the region of 2000 per 100,000, mostly among working age adults. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!