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  1. I don’t think we should but I think a lot of them have an attitude that makes us think we should. I worked in the NHS for many years and many consultants were treated and behaved like gods who no-one would dream of questioning with Registrars preparing for this reverence. I think the situation is improving but still difficult for staff to whistle blow and patients/relatives to challenge
  2. Did anyone see the Channel 4 programme ‘Keeping them out of Prison’ on Wednesday this week? Interesting scheme but labour intensive and would need intensive funding although probably less than cost of prison per person. Claim much lower reoffending rates
  3. Has anyone seen the elderly chap begging outside B & M in Hillsborough? He comes prepared with blankets, ordinary and space, packed lunch and hot drink. He told me he was homeless but when I told him he should be entitled to temporary accommodation via SCC at his age he told me to ‘f off’
  4. The majority of benefits claims have now to be made online , confirmation of job seeking commitments, and on line job search/application are required by UC and many organisations won’t accept hand or postal delivered CVs. Not everyone receiving benefits can afford home broadband but need a phone/package that can allow them to fulfil benefit requirements and then there are those that are IT illiterate.............
  5. It’s the automated scam calls that get me. I regularly get the broadband service from termination calls (none naming my provider), Amazon Prime charge and bank fraud notification which all ask me to ‘press 1’ to resolve the issue. I don’t answer numbers I don’t recognise but get them on voicemail
  6. Sorry, but your confidence in official statistics are misplaced and manipulation of the true picture continues as many of my ‘friends and, former colleagues’ will attest. There are a group of people who rough sleep regularly in my area who don’t engage with statutory services and will never appear in the statistics
  7. I accept many older people’s opinions on current services are coloured by the days of cheap and reliable services with employees who were proud to deliver good customer services under the SCCsubsidised system which became unsustainable. However, just as with many other areas, the idea that competition would provide better services at lower cost has not worked and customer service has become a thing of the past as many of bus driver 1 posts confirm. In response to the poor bus services in the city Sheffield Green Party are asking users to complete weekly diary sheets of the routes they use and submit them as complaints to the supplier and cc the party so they can evidence just how poor public transport is in Sheffield
  8. ‘Cheap’ ‘Service ‘ - wrong on both counts I think. First have acknowledged poor performance on the service front by offering the BGOF weekly ticket and are using this as a sweetener for price rises
  9. Well we all entitled to our own points of view. Some of us are informed by years of work with rough sleeper as well as the, statutory differently defined, homeless ,others by friends’ anecdotes and statistics. The year I took part in the count resulted in Sheffield registering 3 rough sleepers officially-my eyes and my working experience registered this as a gross misrepresentation
  10. Harry was not happy with the impact of being a Royal long before Megan. Look at his responses to reporting of his student antics and withdrawal from Afghanistan after security breaches. He blames the press for hounding his mother, he might have a point, but there again both his parents used the press to their advantage during the breakdown of their marriage. They’ve made the decision to make their own way in the world and no doubt will be very successful so should pay for their own security. Apparently not happy can’t use HRH for publicity and Harry losing ceremonial armed forces positions
  11. The 5 week wait for initial payment forces most people into needing ‘advanced payments’ which is then recovered via instalments (much higher than social fund loan repayments) from subsequent monthly payments. I can appreciate paying HB in the payment mimics the responsibility of a wage earner but can be a big ask for long term claimants who are used to rent/council tax benefits being paid direct. When people have had weekly benefits with housing costs paid at source the move to UC can be a minefield. I don’t think the benefits agency staff ‘holistic approach’ portrayed in the programme is available widespread
  12. If we were paying for a reliable service that catered for the needs of users then an annual price rise would be justified. However in recent years price rises have accompanied loss of or increasingly reduced and unreliable service. Providing a one off buy one get one free weekly ticket does not solve the problem, neither does Clive Betts review unless someone has the clout to make changes
  13. The statistics you quote are from the annual rough sleepers count undertaken on one night of the year and with very specific criteria. Having helped out on the count some years ago only people lying down ‘preparing for or actually sleeping’ could be counted. If a group of people sitting or laying were talking, even in sleeping bags/under blankets, they couldn’t be counted. The count only covered the city centre thus ignoring a lot of rough sleepers who move slightly out of the centre to avoid attracting unwanted attention. Anyone working with rough sleepers knows the count/statistics are therefore a gross under representation
  14. On Emily Moor transmitter and retuned this am- no message to retune again next week. Only realised serial recordings lost when one failed this afternoon. Channel ‘Sheffield Live’ appeared but not active-what’s that going to be?
  15. As per previous post : workers in homeless services advise not giving money/food/drink to individuals. They argue this will force those in genuine need to access services providing food/drink alongside advice and support to address underlying issues and access accommodation. They ask anyone wanting to help signpost people to local services
  16. I think it’s £30 now and only pick up on specific days of the week in each area
  17. The last two attacks seem to have been orchestrated by individuals who have convinced authorities that they have been rehabilitated with one of them targeting the organisation/workers implementing the rehab scheme. Arguments re funding aside how can the assessment process be made more reliable?
  18. For about a year My GP ran early morning appointments from 7am, I used this regularly when I was working and always got a next day slot. This was stopped as there were not enough takers to make it viable
  19. Well done First for attempting to appease customer dissatisfaction with free ticket and 3 months delay in reviewing price rises. In my opinion doesn’t make up for months of appalling service or promise any future improvements
  20. When I complained about hourly service busses missing SYPTE replied blaming shortage of busses/ old vehicles subject to breakdown/ inclement weather-I think the delete as appropriate but was missing from their stock response ☹️
  21. Looking forward to the big celebrations and reduced drinks- January 31st is my birthday 🍰
  22. This idea was around in the 90s. Designated clinics where heroin would be provided under medical supervision alongside counselling, housing and health care services. Rejected by the public and politicians as condoning and therefore escalating heroin use. I think not only has usage increased but also the associated social and criminal effects
  23. I’ve always contacted Highways dept of SCC, given them the street light number as stated on the lamppost and they’ve been out within a couple of days
  24. It’s a bit like not drinking alcohol- people feel you can’t be enjoying the occasion and are on a mission to convert you to their (normal!) ways rather than respect your decisions
  25. According to this I’ve been guilty of/subjected to subtle racism most of my life as I and friends and acquaintances have asked each other about our beliefs, customs and practices. How can seeking information and understanding be seen as racist? I was once asked why I eat Yorkshire pudding and was stumped!
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