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South Yorkshire Archaeology Service Cuts

posted 18 Jul 2011, 05:36 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 12 Feb 2012, 09:12 ]
Update 23 July 2011

We are pleased to report success in the campaign to defend South Yorkshire Archaeology Service against a proposed 50% cut in funding.

The Chair of CBA Yorkshire has received emails from Cllr Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, and Peter Davies, Mayor of Doncaster, confirming that at the South Yorkshire Joint Leaders' Committee meeting yesterday, the 15% cuts to the South Yorkshire Archaeology service agreed in January 2011 would be honoured. Sheffield City Council will now reinstate £21,000 of the £30,000 (50%) cut it had made in the funding to the service.

It is still sad that keeping to a cut of 15% to a service is seen as a victory. 

Update 21 July 2011

Our South Yorkshire correspondent reports that there was a good turn out at the Joint Advisory Committee today in Sheffield and the committee voted against Sheffield CC's proposals to make a 50% cut to the Archaeology Service's budget for 2011/12. They are also recommending that the South Yorkshire Leaders instigate the 15% cut for all four authorities. This is the cut that was previously agreed at the Leaders Meeting in Jan 2011. The joint committee re-iterated today that budget decisions must be agreed in partnership by all four authorities and no one council can make a unilateral decision. We believe that this decision is in no small part due to the pressure from many interested parties, 

This is all very promising, but our next concern is to get the designated council leaders to carry out the recommendations of the Joint Committee. We believe from John Turner (Sheffield's Chief Executive) that this recommendation will be tabled at tomorrow's (Friday 22 July) Leaders' Meeting.

We would very much appreciate it if interested parties could contact the leaders before that meeting, reiterating their concerns over this proposed cut to funding.

The Council Leaders are: (Sheffield) (Barnsley)

Roger Stone (Rotherham) 

Doncaster Mayor - Peter Davies

Original article

The South Yorkshire Archaeology Service (SYAS) are facing a 50% budget cut.

All four South Yorkshire districts have already agreed to a 15% budget cut but Sheffield City Council is trying to make a cut of 50% and persuade the other districts to increase their proposed cuts from 15% to 50%.

You can imagine the impact this will have on SYAS who already have the SMR Officer post frozen from last year, effectively a 25% cut.

The Joint Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday 21st July at 11.30am. This is a public meeting so anyone can attend interested in showing their support for SYAS.

To make a representation about SYAS please email asking to ask a question on Agenda item 6.

You may also wish to email the councillor presiding over the meeting:​