Help us change the way Sheffield is run!

by It's Our City! in Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

Help us change the way Sheffield is run!
We did it
On 10th March 2020 we successfully raised £2,110 with 58 supporters in 28 days

We want to inform voters about the May 2020 referendum on changing the way Sheffield council makes decisions.

by It's Our City! in Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

We need your help to change the way our city is run.

Sheffield communities, led by It's Our City!, are trying to change the way our council makes decisions.

It's Our City! is a non-party-political community group who discovered that the Localism Act of 2011 gives power back to citizens who feel that their council can do better. We have collected and presented a petition of 26,419 signatures across the city, forcing a referendum on May 7th 2020.

In the Town Hall, power is now in the hands of only 10 out of 84 councillors, of one party. This is called the Strong Leader and Cabinet system. We think it leads to weak decision-making, poor partnership working and a lack of cross-party cooperation. Citizens and communities often feel ignored by our council.

We want the council to change to a Modern Committee system where all our councillors, across all parties, have real power to represent us, and where communities also have meaningful decision-making powers. More voices must be heard and decision-making must be more open and improved.

Some other councils have already changed to committees by choice because they see the new system works better. Since we handed in our petition we have been contacted by people from across the country asking for advice on how to run their own campaign for change. Sheffield is leading the way for others to follow!

We now need your help to get the message out that the referendum is happening, so that Sheffielders are well-informed about how the system works now and how it can be changed for the better. It's up to us as communities!

We need funds to produce materials, organise meetings, run stalls and hold events. We have no other source of funding other than public donations.

Please donate and share this appeal. Any amount will help us make a difference.

Here is a Look North TV report showing that many voters have not yet heard about the referendum - we need your help to make them well-informed!

Please donate and share this appeal. Any amount will help us make a difference.

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