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Support for Rotherham victims of Child Sexual Exploitation

Responding to Sky News coverage today of Rotherham and child sexual exploitation, the Deputy Leader of the council, Cllr Emma Hoddinott said; “It’s important that all organisations work together to provide support for survivors, and the council has brought in a new member of staff to help to coordinate this in Rotherham. We would urge… More »

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Speaking about sexual exploitation

Today I spoke at an excellent conference organised by Rotherham organisation Apna Haq and the Muslim Women’s Network. The conference shared harrowing examples of grooming of Asian girls which led to an open and frank debate as to why there is under-reporting amongst the Asian community. I’m pictured with Zlakha Ahmed from Apna Haq and Shaista Gohir,… More »

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Proud to support Living Wage week

This week is Living Wage week and I met Ian, a cleaner for the council. He is one of nearly 1,500 Rotherham Council employees receiving the Living Wage for the first time this year. Despite the budget challenges faced by the Council in recent years, Councillors passed a motion in September this year to introduce… More »

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Speaking to Radio Sheffield’s Rony Robinson about NHS charging proposals

The right wing think tank Reform have made the news today after publishing a report (which you can read here) proposing, amongst other things, a £10 per month mandatory “membership fee” for use of the NHS. The ideas were trailed on the Conservative Home website last night. I am nervous about proposals that come from… More »

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Where the cuts at Rotherham Hospital will fall

The Rotherham Hospital Trust have published their long awaited Strategic Plan, setting out more detail about how they plan to move to put their finances on a secure footing. There’s a little more detail over on the Save Our Services campaign website. Before Christmas, the Trust gave welcome confirmation that they would not be seeking… More »

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Rotherham Hospital campaign goes to Downing Street tomorrow

Since Rotherham Show we have been asking people to show their support for Rotherham Hospital as it faces an uncertain future by signing up to the Save Our Services campaign run jointly between Unison and Labour in Rotherham. This Thursday a group of us: health workers, UNISON campaigners and politicians will make our way to… More »

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