Keeping in touch - February 2022

Paul Blomfield MP
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Earlier this week I announced my intention to retire at the next general election (more here) but I'm focussed on the job in hand until then. This month has seen the Government finally announce their levelling up strategy and plans for rising energy costs, both of which I challenged. As ever I'd welcome your views on these and other issues we're facing - from lifting Covid measures to the Ukraine crisis.

Levelling down

I slammed the announcement made by Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove of £13 million for Sheffield, after taking £2.1 billion from the Council and failing to match £900 million regeneration funds that would have come from the EU. See more here.
Striking delivery drivers

I have been backing the Stuart strikers and joined their protest outside McDonalds, as well as writing to Stuart's parent company DPD UK, and to Greggs, urging union recognition and a meeting on the driver's proposals. More here.

Mercia School Q&A

I was pleased to be quizzed by Mercia School students as part of an event with Parliament's digital engagement team - something that's open to all schools (find out more here).

Jimmy Carr

I signed this letter coordinated by two all-party groups on the appalling holocaust 'joke' made by Jimmy Carr on Netflix and asked the City Hall to think again about his coming show.

Climate Emergency

I spoke at an event organised with locally-based national charity Hope for the Future on how to secure political support for action on climate change.

Broomhall Homework Club

I met with community members in Broomhall to talk about securing funding for the Broomhall Homework Club.

University access

I joined colleagues in the All-Party University Group to discuss widening participation with the CEO of the Sutton Trust, the Director of Fair Access and Participation at the Office for Students and Vice-Chancellors.

Napier Barracks

I attended a meeting with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Immigration Detention for an update on the situation at Napier Barracks, where the Government is housing asylum seekers.

Private renters

I called for greater protections for renters and met with Shelter after new figures showed a huge increase in those facing financial difficulties in Sheffield. See more here.

Rising energy costs

I've continued to speak up for constituents struggling with rising energy costs, challenging the Chancellor to provide more support to those hardest hit (see here) and meeting with Ofgem.

Nationality and Borders Bill

I spoke at a local rally against the Nationality and Borders Bill, which I have consistently opposed in Parliament. Read more here.

Student loan repayments

After the Government imposed higher repayments targeting lower earners, I called for a review of the student finance system. More here.

Community notices

Vida Benefit: The Free Radicals are performing at a benefit for Vida, a voluntary organisation delivery specialist training and services for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse at 7pm on 5th March at Crookes Social Club. More here.

Local Area Committees: Have your say on community plans for your local area at the Council's new LAC. More details here.

Townsend Theatre Productions: present Yes! Yes! UCS!, a new musical following the story of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders "Work-in". You can find out more and buy tickets here.

Support for victims of domestic abuse: 08088082241 is the Sheffield helpline (open Mondays to Fridays 8am-7pm & Saturdays 9am-5pm) and 08082000247 offers support nationally 24/7.

Nether Edge and Sharrow Foodbank: Supporting vulnerable people in the area, this recently established project is fundraising to continue their work providing food packs. Please donate here.

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