Betts says Local Government Financial Settlement is Bad News for Sheffield

Following the Government’s announcement of the Local Government Financial Settlement, Clive Betts MP  and Chair, Communities and Local Government Select Committee said: “This is bad news for Sheffield. The government published misleading financial information yesterday, when it suggested that the cuts were only some 4% nationally and that Sheffield would be getting an 8% cutContinue reading “Betts says Local Government Financial Settlement is Bad News for Sheffield”

UK Parliament FC V Show Racism the Red Card Select XI

I was very pleased to get the opportunity today, to take part in a special football match organised by the charity, Show Racism the Red Card. The event was held at Millwall FC and saw a team of ex-professional footballers take on the UK Parliament Football Club. Despite losing the game 4-1 I thorughly enjoyedContinue reading “UK Parliament FC V Show Racism the Red Card Select XI”

Sheffield Labour MPs demand an investigation into the Proposed AugustaWestland Loan

Sheffield Labour MPs have today (12th Nov 2010) called on the Business Select Committee to investigate the proposed loan to AugustaWestland.  Repeatedly, the MPs have been told the loan to Forgemasters was cancelled because it was unaffordable, now they have found out the department has found £32million for a loan to Augusta Westland They areContinue reading “Sheffield Labour MPs demand an investigation into the Proposed AugustaWestland Loan”

Youth Sports Slashed in South-East Sheffield: Cuts to sports are too fast and too deep, says Betts

Clive Betts MP [Sheffield South East] warned today that youth and school sports in Sheffield face huge cuts as a result of this week’s Government spending review. Clive Betts said that the scale of the Coalition’s cuts, announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review, to youth and school sports threaten to reverse the huge advances achievedContinue reading “Youth Sports Slashed in South-East Sheffield: Cuts to sports are too fast and too deep, says Betts”

Never let the facts get in the way of a good headline

In the last few weeks, we’ve all been treated to media headlines about government plans to ‘slash the number and budgets of quangos’. I expect most people’s immediate response was to think that was a good thing. But, all is not as it seems. Why do we have quangos? There are different types:• where governmentContinue reading “Never let the facts get in the way of a good headline”

BETTS ATTACKS GOVERNMENT PROPOSAL TO IMPOSE A MAYOR ON SHEFFIELD

Clive Betts MP [Sheffield South East] has attacked the ConDem Government proposal to impose a Mayor on Sheffield without them being directly elected and without local people having a say. Local Government Minister, Bob Neill, confirmed last week that mayors would be created in 12 cities, including Sheffield, with “a vote held at a laterContinue reading “BETTS ATTACKS GOVERNMENT PROPOSAL TO IMPOSE A MAYOR ON SHEFFIELD”

BETTS SAYS CLAIM THAT ‘SHEFFIELD LOST £222 MILLION IN HOUSING INVESTMENT’

Clive Betts MP [Sheffield South East] said today that the claim that Sheffield lost £222 million in housing investment over the last decade, because receipts from council house sales were subsumed into a national pot, was simply ludicrous. The claim was made by Councillor Penny Baker, the SCC Cabinet member for Housing, Regeneration and PlanningContinue reading “BETTS SAYS CLAIM THAT ‘SHEFFIELD LOST £222 MILLION IN HOUSING INVESTMENT’”