A 2013 New Year message from Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed

At the start of the 2012 I predicted that Jessica Ennis would pick up gold, Wednesday would be promoted, and England would lift the Euro 2012 trophy. I’m pleased to say at least two of those predictions came good!

However, I also predicted some tough decisions for 2012. Cleaning up the mess Labour left and Gordon Brown’s spending splurge is not an easy job – however, with unemployment falling and the economy growing it looks like the country is heading in the right direction.

I’m also pleased that Liberal Democrats have worked hard to support families across Sheffield by cutting income tax for low-earners and investing £18 million extra in Sheffield schools to help disadvantaged children.

However, I don’t believe local families are helped by the words of the Leader of the Council who used her new year’s message to advocate civil unrest on our streets.

Local politicians need to work with the resources we have to create jobs, support families and provide front-line services. Unfortunately, Labour councillors continue to waste money on Town Hall pet projects, like office makeovers. Meanwhile, massive projects like Sevenstones stand still and businesses like Next are told that Sheffield is closed to business.

I hope in 2013 we see action from the Council not just empty words.

Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed is the Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Sheffield City Council

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