The Minister for Policing, Kit Malthouse has announced a £1.6m award for the setting up of a Violence Reduction Unit in South Yorkshire. The VRU will bring together South Yorkshire Police, local authorities, health and education professionals, community leaders and other key partners to tackle violent crime. Dr Alan Billings, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner welcomed the news but also highlighted challenges if the funding is not sustained. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
The government has given the green light to the long-awaited South Yorkshire devolution deal after accepting the latest proposal from the four local authorities. James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, confirmed the agreement in a letter to Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis and the leaders of Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster councils. The deal could bring up to £30m per annum in government cash for the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority and see the devolution of transport, housing and skills provision for as long as the combined authority is in existence. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Passengers’ anger at bus service reductions in Walkley and Hillsborough has led to calls for bus services to be returned to the control of local authorities. Hillsborough councillor George Lindars-Hammond told Sheffield Live! that rising fares and cuts in services were unacceptable and that the private companies responsible should be brought into public ownership. Azz Mohammed reports.
A health-led employment trial called ‘WorkingWin’, and running across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, held its official launch event with already over 1,000 people referred. The trial aims to provided supported assistance to help people back to work. The launch event was attended by Dan Jarvis, Sheffield City Region mayor, and Sarah Newton, minister for disabled people, health and work. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Barnsley MP, Dan Jarvis has been appointed as the new mayor for the South Yorkshire region. Nigel Slack reports for Sheffield Live! from the count at the English Institute of Sport and speaks with candidates about about the election.
As the new academic year kicks off, bus operator Stagecoach Yorkshire are providing tips and advice to help parents prepare their children for bus travel to and from school. The campaign is aimed at schoolchildren who will be catching buses for the first time on their own. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to John Young, commercial director for Stagecoach Yorkshire.
Hundreds of residents took part in an anti-fracking march this weekend from Mosborough to the Butchers Arms on Marsh Lane, Eckington. The march was organised to demonstrate against plans by oil and chemicals company Ineos to start exploring shale gas reserves in North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Project Nova is an initative of ex-Forces charity Walking With The Wounded to support former military personnel who have entered police custody. First launched in East Anglia in 2014, it is delivered in partnership with RFEA, the Forces Employment Charity (RFEA). Project Nova reports that veterans engaged with the programme have a re-offending rate within a year of just 4 per cent, compared to 46 per cent of adults released from prison as a whole.
Young people from Barnsley got the chance to make and programme robots from scratch alongside Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro at Sheffield Centre for Robotics. Professor Ishiguro is famous for making cutting edge, human like robots in his own image.
Child hunger, the need for food banks and access to locally sourced food are some of the issues effecting South Yorkshire, that were discussed, at a locally held event. The conference looked at food security and food justice which wants all food to be be safe, healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate and accessible to everyone.