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.
The mayor will be responsible for transport budgets and strategic planning.
Council agrees £900m devolution deal
COUNCILLORS in Rotherham have formally ratified the £900 million deal bringing devolution to the Sheffield City Region.
The proposal was officially backed at Wednesday’s Rotherham Borough Council full meeting.
Leader Cllr Chris Read said: “It moves us another step closer to securing all the benefits which this deal will bring to Rotherham and is a measure of our ambition to be one of the first places in the country to be making important economic decisions for ourselves rather than depending on London.”