Working for Sheffield
"It’s tough setting budgets under Tory/Lib Dem austerity but I changed council policy to favour local businesses and introduced ethical procurement"
As a Sheffield councillor I fight and speak out for local people every day.
As well as representing and working for people in my ward in Sheffield, I have also served as deputy leader of the city council and was responsibile for finance.
In this role I did not shied away from making difficult decisions and I put Labour’s values into practice. It’s tough setting budgets under Tory/Lib Dem austerity but I changed council policy to favour local businesses and introduced ethical procurement.
I led on bringing services previously outsourced to the private sector back in-house. Including our HR and payroll, digital services and most critically our revenues and benefits service as we face the horrific roll out of Universal Credit.
This will be extended to bringing our cleaning staff back under council control, ensuring public services are delivered by the public sector.
I signed the Co-operative Party’s Charter Against Modern Slavery. I have made Sheffield’s voice heard on the international stage. I was part of a delegation to Brussels with other core city leaders to meet Michel Barnier about the role of UK cities in Europe.
The ethical procurement policy I introduced has meant £80 million more being spent right here in Sheffield. And this year I was successful in making sure the council achieved living wage accreditation.