SOUTH YORKSHIRE council leaders are refusing to commit to going ahead with their devolution deal despite a clear warning from the Government it cannot be renegotiated.
Sheffield City Region Combined Authority chairman Sir Steve Houghton insisted there were still questions about the deal which needed to be answered.
Questions were raised over the deal after it was suggested Prime Minister Theresa May might not insist on the elected mayors her predecessor demanded as part of devolution agreements.
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THE Chancellor could not have been clearer: “I pledge today that the Treasury, under my leadership, will continue to drive the Northern Powerhouse project…”
A statement of intent designed by Philip Hammond to reassure his predecessor George Osborne, he also stressed that regional devolution is here to stay after passing “a tipping point” in the transfer of economic power to the regions.
Carefully chosen words indicative of Mr Hammond’s pragmatism as he set out a more interventionist economic strategy after the Brexit vote scuppered the aspiration of eradicating the budget deficit by the end of this decade, the response of Yorkshire’s political leaders is eagerly awaited.