Christine Kubo candidate for Sheffield Local Election Hillsborough

Christine Gilligan Kubo

Green Party Christine is standing as a candidate for election in the Sheffield Local Election for Hillsborough ward on May 6th 2021.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I lived off Middlewood Road for 24 years and I still live locally in S6. I use Hillsborough Park and the local shops regularly and I know the area well. I want to give local people a voice and I want to help Hillsborough become a cleaner, greener and more prosperous place to live, for the benefit of everyone in the community.

What do you think makes a good local councillor?

Being responsive to resident enquiries and supporting them when they need help.

Helping drive “bottom up” changes to help local communities thrive

Working with the other city councillors to make Sheffield a better place live and a place that is ready to act on the climate emergency.

Tell us three things you're aiming to focus on or achieve for your ward during your term as councillor

Ensuring local businesses, community groups and voluntary organisations are supported to help them Build Back Better as they all struggle through the many issues related to the Covid-19 crisis.

Considering actions to address the climate emergency by making the city carbon neutral by 2030 in everything that I do as a Green councillor.

Making sure local voices are heard in decision making

Tell us three things you're aiming to focus on or achieve for the city of Sheffield during your term as councillor

Putting the climate emergency at the heart of all the actions to create a city that is ready for the future. See the Green budget proposal here.

Restoring democracy to the city and the council chamber

Valuing people in the city and ensuring that everyone’s contributions to society are valued as much as they can be. This means listening to people and recognising that different people and groups need different solutions to similar problems. Ending the top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to local government.

Transport: The Sheffield City Region bus services should be taken back into public ownership

  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Neutral/Other
  • Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree

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Greens have encouraged and supported this over more than a decade as the negative impacts of privatisation on fares and services become clear. Many people are reliant on buses to get to and from their jobs and local authorities need to be in control of services and routes. Good, affordable bus services can drive the increased passenger numbers, and reduce cars on the road, traffic jams and dangerous air pollution. To tackle climate change it is important we have good, reliable, green public transport.

Economy: A Universal Basic Income pilot should happen in Sheffield

  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Neutral/Other
  • Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree

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The Green Party is a long standing supporter of UBI. Sheffield Greens have consistently supported a pilot in Sheffield. The Green Party supports scrapping Universal Credit, means-testing and the harsh benefit sanctions regime, which pushes people further into poverty and destitution. UBI provides a non-means-tested safety net. People will have more choices to retrain, or to start new green businesses, or to take part in community action that benefits all

Democracy: How would you like Sheffield City Council to be run?

  • By a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected councillors (this is how the council is run now)
  • By one or more committees made up of elected councillors (this would be a change from how the council is run now)

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Sheffield Green Party is a registered supporter of the Sheffield People’s Referendum. We were asked by the It’s Our City campaign group if we would deliver their leaflets and have been doing so across many council wards. One party rule is damaging to local democracy and does not produce the innovative, creative solutions we need. Vote for Change on May 6th!

Social: Do you agree with the finding of the Government's Sewell Report stating the UK is no longer institutionally racist?

  • Strongly Agree
  • Agree
  • Neutral/Other
  • Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree

If you'd like to add details on your position, please do so here

Sheffield Greens posted this on our Facebook page on the morning the report was published: “Priti Patel described Black Lives Matter protests as “dreadful”. This whitewash report from the government dismisses institutional racism. They say the report is a “major shift in the race debate”. It’s a disturbing and dangerous shift that must be opposed.

This letter was recently published by us in the Star.