Worker’s Memorial Day is always a poignant moment each year. It’s an opportunity to reflect on those workers who’ve lost their lives in the workplace. It’s a chance to pay tribute to the incredible campaigning efforts of our trade union and labour movement. And it’s a chance to recommit ourselves to the fight for a better, safer world of work.Read more
Last weekend, The Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest at the grand old age of 99. I was grateful for the opportunity to attend a memorial service to the Duke’s life and to pay tribute to his lifetime of public service. Prince Philip’s was a life of extraordinary variety. From his service as the long-serving consort to the Queen throughout their 73 years of marriage; to the inspiration he provided to millions of young people – including (many moons ago!) me on an unforgettable expedition up the Himalayas – through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. His was truly a life well-lived.Read more
On a sunny Sunday afternoon recently, I took part in a two hour Zoom meeting – the kind of which has become the norm in the last 12 months! – on the issue of Community Wealth Building. I’ll admit it, at first mention it’s not something that will set many pulses racing. But the reason that those on that call were willing to give up a nice Sunday afternoon is because this is an idea with the potential to reshape how our economy works.Read more
Our young people have been hit incredibly hard by the pandemic. Pupils have experienced extensive disruption to their education through the shift to learning remotely. University students especially have had to grapple with the unimaginable difficulty of uprooting their lives to an entirely new city, only to be locked down in their accommodation, unable to return to families and unable to make the most of the university experience that they had expected. Apprentices have faced huge uncertainty about their future employment and training. Young families are more likely to be in insecure, rented housing without access to gardens or outdoor spaces. Young workers are more likely to be the first in line for redundancy if firms are forced to make job losses.Read more
This Easter weekend is an opportunity to enjoy the long weekend, to get a decent break and to spend time – in a Covid-secure way! – with family, friends and loved ones. Whatever your personal beliefs, it is also an opportunity to reflect on the universal message of the Easter story: one of hope, life and new beginnings.Read more
Losing John Lewis in Sheffield deals another blow to retail workers who are among those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic. My heart goes out to the workers and their families whose livelihoods are at risk.
The store has been a cornerstone of the city’s retail offer for more than a century. I am working with John Lewis and Sheffield City Council to determine what this means for those whose jobs are now on the line and what can be done to support them.
In challenging times, the people of Sheffield rally around each other and I know we will bounce back despite the challenges COVID throws at us.
It’s clear high streets need to adapt, and that’s why we’re taking unprecedented action to create jobs, help people retrain and revitalise our town and city centres. We want them to thrive in the long term, by making them more vibrant, greener and attractive – and to be places where people can live and visit, as well a shop.
This week, local leaders and I approved a £860m stimulus in South Yorkshire’s economy to start our recovery and renewal from COVID. This is a game changing investment in our region’s economy, which will very significantly benefit Sheffield. This includes £300m to transform our places and high streets.
I’m determined to ensure Sheffield and South Yorkshire comes through this.
Last week, local leaders and I announced a £860m South Yorkshire Renewal Fund to build a stronger, greener and fairer regional economy as we recover from Covid. This will unleash South Yorkshire’s potential and invest hundreds of millions into schemes to fundamentally transform our regional economy: creating thousands of good, well-paid jobs; training workers and apprentices; building a public transport system fit for the 21st Century; transforming our infrastructure; revitalising our High Streets and urban centres.Read more