Sheffield City Region: Elected mayor in 2017 after devolution deal signed
Chancellor George Osborne has signed an agreement with political leaders in South Yorkshire paving the way for an elected mayor for the region.
The Sheffield City Region was one of 38 places to bid for increased control in how public money is spent in its area.
The deal – part of the government’s northern powerhouse programme – will require the support of local councils and be subject to public consultation.
As part of the deal, a Sheffield City Region mayor will be elected in 2017.
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From 2017 the city region will vote for a directly-elected leader who will oversee a range of powers and funds including transport budgets, planning, business support and adult skills.
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Chancellor George Osborne said there was ‘no need’ for a referendum on a new elected mayor for Sheffield city region after a historic £900m devolution deal was grasped today.
He spoke of putting ‘the power in the Northern Powerhouse’ and it being ‘the moment when local people get a much bigger say over how this area is run and the decisions that affect their lives’.