Last week I raised an Urgent Question in the House of Commons about the cutting of 250 job from the BIS department in Sheffield and their relocation to London. The government claims to be building a Northern Powerhouse whilst it removes these skills and jobs away from Sheffield. At the same time the government's cuts to local government mean Sheffield City Council are forced to cut 400 jobs and Forgemasters just last week announced 100 job losses whilst the government sits idly by on steel, refusing to support the industry.
Moves by this Government have already seen announcements that 500 jobs at HMRC will move to Leeds from Sheffield. Clearly this Government's “Northern Powerhouse” is little more than empty words, the Minister was completely unsympathetic to the situation the workforce in Sheffield face as this preposterous centralisation occurs. The Minister refused to answer questions and South Yorkshire MPs are calling to see the business case this decision was based on. You can read more here.
This week in Parliament we have the Bank of England and Financial Services Bill and I will be speaking during the second reading of the Enterprise Bill on changes to civil service terms and conditions. We also have DWP questions and BIS questions. I will be attending the Community and Voluntary Sector reception with the Shadow Civil Society Minister Anna Turley MP and also an alumni event of Sheffield University. Sheffield colleagues and I will be meeting with the Health Minister about changes to NHS funding.
This week I will also be meeting with Sheffield City Council leader Cllr Julie Dore and Chief Executive John Mothersole.
It is also National Libraries Day this Saturday so why not join me in visiting one of our local libraries this weekend.