Andrew Percy MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the Northern Powerhouse), has gone on Commons record to state that the devolution deal already agreed is the only deal that the Government is interested in for the Sheffield city region (SCR).
He added that promised £900m “gainshare” funding, delayed due to legal battles, could be brought forward, but only if a number of hurdles can be overcome.
Following a legal challenge, local authority leaders stated that it is not possible to hold a Mayoral election in May 2017 as planned and that they would now work towards elections in 2018. Devolution consultation will need to take place again.
The delay has meant that the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which is responsible for a number of economic development and business support programmes, is set to scale back activity and look at its structure until the guaranteed money from the Government comes through.