Shaun Duffy, an employment expert at Sheffield’s Citizen Advice has told Sheffield Live! the extension of the furlough scheme is good news for employers in the region. Two weeks ago, the Prime Minister announced the second national lockdown in England and the extension of the furlough scheme for another five months. Under the scheme employers can claim up to 80% of their employees wages or a maximum of £2500 a month from the government. This also applies to those who are self-employed. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Sheffield’s director of public health, Greg Fell, speaking to Sheffield Live! said he believes the city will go back into Tier 3 restrictions when the current lockdown ends. Under the new national lockdown, which came into effect on 5 November, pubs, restaurants, gyms and non essential shops are due to remain closed until 2 December. Azz Mohammed reports.
Ibrar Hussein, GMB Union branch secretary, said more support is needed for self employed workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. His comments come as South Yorkshire moved into Tier 3 of the new coronavirus restrictions in England. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Protesters gathered outside Sheffield Town Hall to show solidarity with victims of police brutality in Nigeria following the killing by security forces of at least 12 civilians engaged in a peaceful demonstration in the capital Lagos. The killings followed weeks of demonstrations in Nigeria against the activities of a police unit known as the Special Anti Robbery Squad or SARS which has been accused of kidnappings and harassment. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohamed spoke to organiser Leo Nosakhare.
Sheffield and the rest of South Yorkshire are heading into Tier 3 restrictions as Covid-19 cases remain persistently high. People will not be allowed to meet socially with anyone who is not part of their household or support bubble. The government has allocated £41m to support those affected in South Yorkshire by the new restrictions. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Susan Hird, consultant in public health at Sheffield Council.
Despite government support measures, Corporation nightclub boss Mark Hobson told Sheffield Live! hospitality sector businesses remain in fear for their survival as tighter measures are set to come into force. Azz Mohammed reports.
The Leadmill music venue has been granted £240,000 from the government Cultural Recovery Fund to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The grant is part of the £1.57bn government handout designed to help arts organisations survive losses caused by the lockdown. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Sam Feeley, promoter at The Leadmill.
Campaigners who have sought the closure of Spearmint Rhino on Brown Street have welcomed the company’s decision to surrender its sexual entertainment venue licence. The controversial strip club has been closed since lockdown in March and the property was put on the market in June. Earlier this summer the club also dropped a privacy case against campaigners who had commissioned secret filming of dancers at work. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Charlotte Mead, Sheffield branch manager of the Women’s Equality Party.
Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care has launched a new care service for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups. The aim is to support individuals aged 65 and over from BAME communities who are feeling isolated and lonely. Rehneesa Inez who is the BAME Community Engagement Officer for the SCCCC told Sheffield Live! they’re seeking volunteers to help run the project. Baillor Jalloh reports.
As part of Restart a Heart Day, Yorkshire Ambulance and the University of Sheffield’s Acute Care and Trauma Society are raising awareness on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Kuldeep Mathary, a medical student at the University of Sheffield, told Sheffield Live! many people don’t know how to respond when a person’s heart stops beating and more awareness is needed of the lifesaving technique. Baillor Jalloh reports.