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Sheffield responds to Corus cuts

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Sheffield City Council is to spearhead a campaign to protect manufacturing in the city.

The council is to call on the government to increase its support for Sheffield’s steel manufacturers after its plan for a campaign was given the go-ahead at a cabinet meeting.

The decision followed a debate about the council’s response to job losses at the city’s Corus steel plant and the council hopes the campaign could ultimately have national scope.

Cllr Colin Ross (LD), cabinet member for employment, enterprise and development, said: “This is a local issue on a national scale.

“South Yorkshire steel is at the heart of our manufacturing industry not only within the city or the region, but across the UK.

“Manufacturing is important to the city’s economy and we have real strength in high end, advanced manufacturing and materials – particularly metal, we need to protect that and will be pushing government to change policies to provide a level playing field for companies currently feeling the strain of the recession.”

The council is calling for:

  • simplification and refocusing of the large company research and development tax credit regime
  • continued investment in skills and apprenticeships beyond the Train to Gain programme
  • investment in plant and machinery to allow companies to prepare for the economic upturn
  • increased investment to keep businesses in the UK  

The council will open a petition for signatures on the website when the parliamentary recess is over.

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