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If you live, work or study in Sheffield you could join a team of people who work with the city council to make sure your thoughts and ideas are included in discussions about improving life in the city.

This year for example the “Sustainable Communities Panel” came up with the suggestion that the Council should encourage the government to support the right to work for asylum seekers. It was one of four ideas developed by the Panel and subsequently endorsed by the Council Cabinet, and we’re now waiting to hear if central government will act on them.

The Council is looking for volunteers to join the Panel from February 2010. It would be great to get the voice of someone seeking sanctuary onto this. They will pay expenses for attending panel meetings. If you’re interested please contact Laurie Brennan, tel: 0114 273 5199 or email: [email protected]

And you can find out more about the Panel here: http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/your-city-council/sheffield-sustainable-communities-debate/sustainable-communities-act