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  1. 3 hours ago, Anna B said:

    Judging by the results, nobody.


    It's supposed to be an amalgamation of Lib Dems and Labour, but talking to a councillor recently, unless you are one of the favoured few, nobody else gets a look in, it's a closed shop that doesn't like new ideas, interference or any criticism from outside.

    It's a Committee system, which was changed in response to a referendum a couple of years ago. I'm sure Councillors have the opportunity to put themselves forward for the individual Committees, if they are able to committ the time to attend them and read all the relevant documents. 

  2. 17 hours ago, bassett one said:

    reading the papers and been on line we are supposed to get a extreme cold snap with deep snow,but why do they predict this ,but leave you not knowing where it will be,seems a good idea to predict, but no good to gardeners ect ,with such lack of details apart from late feb,early march.

    Daily Express I assume? A few years ago, the headlines used to rotate between 3 topics: Princess Diana, the weather, and some miracle cure for alzeimers/arthritis/cancer. I doubt it's changed much, although I suspect the headlines will also no doubt report some benefit of Brexit as part of this rotation. Obviously these headlines are usually accompanied by a picture of a woman in a swimsuit for a bit of 'acceptable' titilation. 

  3. On 03/02/2023 at 12:36, pattricia said:

    My elderly neighbour says her Will is in a Trust. She says this way her property is protected if she ever has to go in a care home. Her house cannot be sold to pay her fees, but who does pay her fees.? 

    Also she says her Will doesn’t have to go to probate first before any money is shared out. Is she correct ? Have you heard of this ? Maybe someone on SF has got the same type of Will. It seems a very safe and sensible type of Will to me.


    This is all a bit of a minefield. I hope your neighbour got some good advice: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/latest-news/archive/asset-protection-trusts-mis-sold/


    I was under the impression that if a LA investigated and found that there had been attempts to hide money, this could be overturned. Assuming she does need to go in to a care home. Many people pay for their own care in the home. 



  4. 11 minutes ago, harvey19 said:

    Why do things have to change.?

    The grammar school system encouraged social mobility  for children from the whole of Sheffield.

    Technical schools encourages practical skills for children from the whole of Sheffield.

    Secondary schools provided good all round education for those in its catchment area.


    Similar to the NHS and any public sector provision, it's used as a ideological football.


    Education has to changed and evolve over time, but unforutnately, there is a lack of a long term view on what that should be. 

  5. 2 hours ago, Anna B said:


    People don't seem to realise business is there to make money /profit for their shareholders.

    That means cutting corners and putting profit before people, in this case before children. 

    They do not plough the profit back into the 'business,' as we see from our many declining services and infrastructure, the rich simply get richer as we see all the time.


    How anybody can think this is OK is beyond me, especially with things like the NHS, carehomes, public transport, social services, etc. where profit before people has no place.



    Or they give nice fat contracts to their 'subsidiaries', so the money stays in their organisation/is used to offset tax liabilites. The phrase 'Academy Trust' sounds so benign, doesn't it? I use the term provider, or publicly funded school.


    There's a pod cast on the scandal in the Academy trust in Birmingham a few years ago. The lack of oversight in the academy system is scary. 


    Just another source of corruption. I don't now how local school provision is planned now & I think in some areas of the country, school places are like hens teeth. 

  6. 1 hour ago, Anna B said:

    Why is King Ted's being forced to become an academy? Why do people assume this will improve its performance? 


    That has not been the case with any number of Academy schools which are failing badly.


    Basically, this is part of the Tories, drive towards privatisation of all things by the back door, (see what's happening in the NHS) and IMO is not a good thing. It solves nothing. 

    Yep, spot on. Get the private providers in. 


    It means those pesky local authorities can't meddle anymore.. For example, by insisting on the admissions policy etc, and possibly reducing the oversight on the number of suspensions etc.


    It must make it easier to sell off land and other assets. I went to school in the 80's, in a very Tory controlled heartland of West Sussex. As soon as the Government changed the rules on selling off land, my primary school did just that. In about a space of 10 years from when I left, the huge playing field and playgrounds which I benefitted from, disappeared to be replace by a beautiful new housing estate (probably full of fat children as there's no safe outdoor space for them to play out- there isn't much public space in the suburbs down there). 

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  7. 9 hours ago, mike1961 said:

    Personally I along with many many people don't have any issues with the air quality as it is.

    I find it hard to believe that 500 people a year are apparently dying in Sheffield from air pollution.if it's true that would be over 40 people a month dying from air pollutants in Sheffield.


    Where is your evidence that 500 people a year in Sheffield aren't dying due to poor air quality? 

  8. On 01/02/2023 at 08:37, crookesey said:

    The only Russians that I meet over here who have no fears of returning have strong back up. It’s very easy for U.K. lefties to tell us how good and fair Russia is, but they don’t have to live there. Russian leadership, be it Tsarist, Soviet or just simple Communist got where it got due to installing fear in the populace, short live the current regime.

    I'm not sure that Putin is a 'communist'. I think he is a good old fashioned imperialist.


    I watched the Adam Curtis Traumazone documentary about Russia. Once the communist party lost control, the country was subject to some pretty interventionist economic policies (supported by the US in the background), which meant the state industries were sold off to oligarchs. That sounds pretty much like good old fashioned right wing neo-con policies to me. 


    Once Boris Yeltsin was removed from power, the oligarchs needed a new president who wasn't going to intervene in what they were doing. Hence Putin. 

  9. 15 hours ago, Axe said:

    A good fair contribution. In 2023 someone arrested is less likely to get beaten up by the Police and forced to confess to something they have not do than if they had been arrested 50 years ago. 


    The media prefer to report negative Police stories rather than positive Police stories.

    The media prefer to report any negative story over a positive one! 


    In all seriousness, police officers have the power to make most people's lives incredibly difficult. The police force needs some serious consideration how to overcome some cultural issues. The level of trust in the police and the criminal justice system must be at an all time low. 


    I hope that any 'reform' isn't an excuse for further defunding of the police by the Home office as a punishment. 

  10. 32 minutes ago, pattricia said:

    What’s up with our policemen ?  Lots of them waiting to be questioned over rapes and assaults on women. I remember when we had policemen and women walking the streets on their beats. We trusted them and could ask them anything from the time of day to instructions on how to get to a certain place. Now a lot are arrogant and abusive. Bring back the old Coppers on The Beat !

    I think there is more strutiny of the Police, including from the official bodies. There's more media coverage, rolling news programme have to have content to fill the time. There's always been bad apples, as the Police force ultimately reflects the wider society. 

  11. On 28/01/2023 at 08:21, crookesey said:

    As depressing that this is am I being hard hearted in asking if the fine levied on the trust is a case of one public sector authority fining another?

    If not a fine, what is the answer? Yes, levying this fine isn't going to help the NHS Trust at all.


    This was a criminal prosecution, bought by the CQC. I don't know whether this will have a deeper impact than 'just' a fine. 

  12. 11 minutes ago, sibon said:

    I disagree. He’s accused of some pretty serious crimes. He left Hallam without proper representation for two years. 

    I hope he gets a couple of years for this.

    Yes, I heard some appalling things about how he didn't respond to constituents letters and requests for help. Mind you, I've heard similar about Miriam Cates.


    I saw him some years ago at the Mi Amigos fly over at Endcliffe Park. He had a bouncer with him!


    I'm surprised he didn't plead guilty to the charges, he would have avoided a trial and all his dirty laundry being aired in public. 


  13. 57 minutes ago, horribleblob said:

    I think Chris "Failing" Grayling has a lot to answer for here. (see: '2. Privatised probation' in attached:



    Hopefully Gov't won't use this as an excuse to try and outsourse the service again. Ousourcing a poorly managed service won't be a recipe for success. 


    From reading this article, https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/jan/24/probation-service-ministers-blood-hands-zara-aleena-family-inspector-report, the issues seem pretty systemic rather then being able to blame a 'few bad apples'. 

  14. On 18/01/2023 at 12:17, L00b said:

    Today’s HoC debate and vote about mass repealing 4,000-and-crumbs “EU laws”


    (a) goes to the heart of the thread topic , and

    (b) goes some way to explain why that ‘if this was countries in Europe’ is pretty unlikely.


    What is not explainable, is why nobody in the UK seems to be kicking any fuss about it (over and above those striking for better pay and conditions…the right to which was just voted away, not coincidentally).

    2024 is a long way away still, so the ‘Poorest who Think The System Is Rigged Against Them’…ain’t seen nothing yet I’m afraid. 


    Once this repealing starts to happen, it will cause chaos. If businesses have it difficult now, it will be so much harder once this is enacted. 

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  15. 22 hours ago, Satoshi09 said:



    I apologise if this is in the wrong section I'm a first time poster.


    I live on Dovercourt Road in the S2 area of Sheffield which is a lovely area full of hard working people but we are experiencing constant noise and dangerous driving day in day out for years now from off-road dirt bikes ridden by anti-social individuals. These individuals seem to come from the Wybourne area but cause havoc on City Road, Wybourne, Sky Edge, Manor Lane and Dovercourt Road. I have spoken to many people in the area who are also frustrated and have reported the issues to the police, council, and local Labour MP Paul Blomfield, but no action has been taken. The police and council are aware of the culprits but are not taking any action.


    I am seeking suggestions on what actions can be taken to get the authorities to address this issue and stop a few bad apples from terrorizing the community.


    We are sick of the waffle and want action.



    We have a similar issue in s35, which probably affects S5 as well. There was a SY Off Road Police team a few months back, I follow them on FB, but, in terms of social media, this seems to have gone a bit quiet. Maybe the team were a short term measure and it's been disbanded. 

  16. On 07/01/2023 at 23:37, Tipstaff said:

    Yes, I'm sure you're right.   But all GP practices are part of our NHS and most in my neck of the woods are failing miserably.

    GP's are private providers, working to an NHS contract. This is the same with the NHS Trusts (Acute hospitals, MH Trusts etc). 

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