Response to Government’s Latest Fracking Announcement

 

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Central government today announced measures to support the development of British Shale Gas through local planning systems.

Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet for Development and Transport, Councillor Jack Scott, responded by saying: 

“We need a revolution in renewable energy, not more dirty fossil fuels.

But today it is clear that the government wants to press on with a reckless dash for gas, regardless of evidence, public opinion or the impacts on local communities.

This approach is an unwelcome mix of caving into the fracking industry and ploughing ahead with existing plans for fracking regardless of local views.

Despite their empty words about local consultation, the government is setting a dangerous precedent in taking away local decision making on planning decisions, and putting it in the hands of Tory ministers. This could see fracking unfairly imposed on areas against the will of local communities.

Labour has repeatedly made it clear we believe local communities do not want fracking in their area and we will continue to support our communities working to resist the unwanted advances of fracking companies, motivated purely by the huge profits they will make and not the legacy they will leave.”

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Sheffield’s Labour Council Blasts Government’s “weak, vague and feeble” Sustainability Plan and commits itself to real action

 

 

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Sheffield’s Labour Council Blasts Government’s “weak, vague and feeble” Sustainability Plan and commits itself to real action

12 January

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s new 25 Year Sustainability Strategy, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability, Councillor Jack Scott said:

“Just like the Tory government itself, these announcements are weak, vague and feeble. This is a huge missed opportunity to create the greener and more sustainable Britain that we all need. The plan has been slammed by dozens of environmental groups. Michael Gove’s refusal to listen to experts is costing us all dearly.

“It’s ridiculous to have a plan spanning 25 years. A 25 month plan is needed, with real action, vision and tough laws to make it a reality. The lack of timely action is especially concerning in light of the Tories’ turbo-charged Brexit, which will stop the UK having the benefit of the many environmental protections, targets and regulations that help to keep us safe.

“Most concerning of all is the lack of real action. There are no new laws planned and many of these announcements, such as on air quality or climate change, are simply repeating and repackaging previous announcements. We absolutely need to increase recycling rates, but this shouldn’t extend to rehashing government statements and then pretending they are new. Britain deserves a government that will nurture and cherish our green and beautiful island, not this threadbare bodge job.

“The Labour Council in Sheffield takes this issue seriously, even if the government doesn’t. So I’m pleased that next month the Council’s Cabinet will consider a “Green City Strategy”, with the concrete action we need to forge a cleaner, greener and brighter future for our great city.”

Many environmental groups have also criticised the Government’s announcements:

Greenpeace UK’s Executive Director John Sauven said:

“If Theresa May wants to persuade people this is more than just husky-hugging, she needs to put some joined-up thinking at the heart of her strategy. You can’t claim to care about climate change and our countryside and then back fracking, or care about the next generation and then let air pollution harm our kids’ health.

“The environment is now a mainstream concern in this country, with millions of people caring deeply about it. Theresa May has a unique opportunity to rise to the challenge and make Britain a global leader in environmental protection. She should not waste it.”

Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth, Craig Bennett said:

“A long-term vision for protecting our environment is essential, but the Government can’t keep turning a blind eye to the urgent action needed now to protect our health and planet from toxic air and climate-wrecking pollution.

It’s time to stop tinkering at the margins and get to the heart of the problems – especially the nation’s fossil fuels addiction. Ministers must pull the plug on coal, gas and oil, end its support for fracking and develop the UK’s huge renewable power potential.

25 years is a long way off – particularly for a government that might not last 25 weeks. We need action now.”
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For further information please contact:
Email: sheffield.labourcouncillors@outlook.com
Tel: 07968 676 022

Impact of “Welfare Reform” on Sheffield – Infographic

 

 

 

 

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Produced by the Policy Team at Sheffield City Council

Labour’s attempt to abolish the bedroom tax stopped by LibDems

Of all the attacks on working people by the coalition, the bedroom tax is among the very worst.

I am proud that Labour is leading the fight against it and will fund the repeal of the Bedroom tax by closing boardroom tax loopholes.

The impact of the bedroom tax is massive, affecting some of the most vulnerable people in our societies.

Citizens Advice has welcomed the pledge to end the Bedroom Tax. 

Some people say parties are all the same, and it doesn’t matter who wins elections. The bedroom tax shows that there is a clear choice facing the British people at the next election – one Prime Minister who introduced the bedroom tax and another who will repeal it.

You can’t trust the Tories with the NHS

The coalition is determined to privatise, fragment and run down the NHS.

We must not let them.

If you agree the NHS is a national treasure, click here to take action

Council Tax Benefit

David Cameron says we’re ‘all in this together’ but in April this year he imposed a council tax increase which hit Britain’s strivers and the most vulnerable.

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From April this year, over two million people – people in work, carers, the disabled, veterans and war widows – saw their council tax go up. Why?

Because the Government cut the funding that goes to the Council to keep their council tax down – and it’s ordinary people who are paying the price. At the same time David Cameron chose to give every millionaire a tax cut worth £100,000 a year.

And he did this with the complete and full support of the Liberal Democrats. They had the chance to stop this. And they didn’t take it.

The Tories are asking working people to pay more while millionaires pay less. It’s not just unfair – it’s completely wrong. And it shows that David Cameron is completely out of touch.