Elected in 2022 Local Elections Jayne-Dunn-Southey-Council-Election-Sheffield

Jayne Dunn

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am proud to of been your local councillor since 2016 , and have developed strong relationships with so many community groups and individuals across the ward. For me politics is not a career, its deeply personal. I am not a typical politician. I was a homeless single mum who went on to open up a beauty salon, people like me don’t usually get involved in the first place. But, like you, I know the value of hard work and of councillors listening and delivering for local people .

What do you think makes a good local councillor?

A good councillor is someone who cares about the area, and does the best for the local people. I am someone who the local people can rely on and trust, because when I say I am going to do something I do it. But most of all I listen. I understand the problems and challenges the people of the ward face because I faced them too. I have a proven track record of delivery, from housing projects for independent living to replacing stolen gardens benches. No problem is too large or too small.

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

  1. Supporting local residents to have access to retraining and adult education
  2. Empowering local people and community groups to shape and form services that work for them, from digital access to transport and health.
  3. Increasing the offer for youth services so that young people in our ward have access to the same opportunities as those across the city.

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

  1. Improve the quality of housing so that its affordable, sustainable and of a high quality and eco-friendly reducing carbon emissions. Building more council homes across the city.
  2. Supporting residents through the cost of living crisis.
  3. Working with partners to improve support for the elderly, so they can enjoy and live life to the full, from mobility to dementia.

Transport: “Air pollution contributes to 500 deaths a year in Sheffield. Living alongside a busy road carries the same risk as passively smoking 10 cigarettes a day.” https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/cleanair. Supported by better public transport and disabled accessibility, do you think private motor traffic should eventually be excluded from Sheffield city centre?

  • Yes
  • Unsure
  • No

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Labour’s manifesto will invest in bringing back the freebee bus to help people access the city centre.

Public transport should work for the public not for profit – this is how we reduce the need for car use. I fully support our Mayoral candidate Oliver Coppard in his ambition for transport and active travel. This has to be paid for by central government, not a precept and cost to the council. No council should have to choose between investing in transport infrastructure and supporting the vulnerable.

Housing: "The introduction of Selective Licensing can bring widespread benefits to the local community. In particular it will ensure that all private rented property within the designated area is safe and well managed" www.sheffield.gov.uk/selectivelicensing. Do you think Landlord Licensing in Sheffield should be extended, from currently applying to Abbeydale Road, Chesterfield Road and London Road, to covering more wards?

  • Yes
  • Unsure
  • No

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Yes, but not at the expense of the council or the tenant. I was clear about this when I was Cabinet lead at the time.

Local Democracy: “The primary purpose of the Local Area Committees (LACs) is to promote the involvement of local people in the democratic process and to bring decision making closer to local people.” www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/your-city-council/local-area-committees. Do you think Local Area Committees should be further developed?

  • Yes
  • Unsure
  • No

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Labour in Sheffield have brought in the LACs to ensure the council is more responsive to the needs of local people, as well as working towards the new committee system.

Local Economy: "Community wealth building (CWB) is a people-centred approach to local economic development, which redirects wealth back into the local economy, and places control and benefits into the hands of local people." https://www.gov.scot/policies/cities-regions/community-wealth-building. Do you think Sheffield City Council should support community wealth building?

  • Yes
  • Unsure
  • No

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Sheffield Labour’s manifesto wants to go further – with a community wealth building charter. I would also like to ensure this is happening across all areas of the city.