SHEF NEWS – University of Sheffield’s Journalism department’s news site

On my Journalism studies course at the University of Sheffield, we publish our articles online on out news site – Shef News.

Here are some of the articles I have written, which can be found here 


Stagecoach Yorkshire reverse student bus fares price increases after social media protests

By Paula Ugochukwu

Stagecoach Yorkshire have withdrawn price increases for student bus tickets less than three weeks after they were imposed, following a public backlash.

The initial decision to increase the price of a student single bus ticket from £1 to £1.20 was not taken lightly by students from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

Many students took to Twitter to present their annoyance, one tweeting: “From 70p in 2013 to £1.20”

Students returning to Sheffield for the new academic year were met with the 20% hike in price, which was initially put in place on September 12.

Single child concession bus tickets were also increased during the same week, rising from 70p to 80p.

But on October 5, they announced that the student bus fare increase was being reversed back to the original price.

While Stagecoach have not publically explained the reasoning behind the primary increase or the backtrack of the bus fares, a nationwide cut of over £8.4m to the public transport budget has been cited as a potential reason.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) Executive Director, Stephen Edwards, said: “We have not been able to avoid the impact of cuts completely.

Whilst this is not a route we want to take, our reduced budget has forced difficult decisions.”

The SYPTE is the local governmental body responsible for public transport in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley.

Green Party candidate Coun. Robert Murphy, said: “Sheffield’s once famous bus service is a shadow of its former self following 30 years of declining patronage under different council administrations and national governments.”

First South Yorkshire, the competing bus service provider in Sheffield, have not shown any signs of intending to change their fares.

 


EU benefits Sheffield City Region

By Paula Ugochukwu

Over £4 million from the EU and the Sheffield City Region has been given towards the Launchpad programme to help create hundreds of business in the next 3 years.

The programme was launched last month by the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership through the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub.

The partnership is being led by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and includes the surrounding local authorities – Sheffield City Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Bassetlaw District Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council – as well as The Prince’s Trust.

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which is pooled together by the European Union, provided £2,359,613 in match funding to the programme which will provide entrepreneurs and business start-ups with specialist help, 1-on-1 mentoring and support.

Creative Sheffield, which is part of Business Sheffield, are the business support provisions of the services to start-ups and newly running businesses in Sheffield.

Business Development Manager Yvonne Asquith, said: “In Sheffield, we will be putting on start-up workshops to help entrepreneurs with skills such as market research and applying to HMRC.

“All the help will be free to people in Sheffield and our team will help diagnose what stage their business or business idea is at.”

This programme is one of many projects funded by the EU’s European Structural and Investment Funds in Sheffield, such as the Peace Gardens and the Advanced Manufacturing Retail Park.

Programme manager Anna Smith, said: “Launchpad has been set up to ensure that wherever entrepreneurs are based in our region, everyone has equal access to the best quality business development support.”

This kind of scheme is vital to the economy of towns and cities like Sheffield, where 85% of businesses have ten or less employees.

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