DESPITE the best efforts of council leaders in South Yorkshire, we now know that the Sheffield City Region deal is not going to happen. This does not mean we should give up on devolving power to our region altogether. Instead, we should seize this opportunity to be more ambitious.
Because for too long, Yorkshire has been neglected by national government. Decisions that are critical to our future have been taken in London with little regard for the communities they affect. The devolution of power gives us the opportunity to change this.
South Yorkshire devolution deal scrapped amid acrimony
COUNCIL leaders today effectively scrapped the Sheffield City Region devolution deal.
Dan Jarvis: How One Yorkshire devolution deal can put county in pole position The decision led to acrimony as today’s meeting broke up with leaders of Barnsley and Sheffield councils in what appeared to be a heated exchange.
Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore also clashed with Doncaster Council chief executive Jo Miller.
South Yorkshire devolution deal on brink of collapse as leaders prepare for crunch talks
A DEAL to give South Yorkshire more control over its own affairs looks set to collapse today unless council leaders reach a last minute compromise.
The Sheffield City Region devolution deal is widely expected to be effectively scrapped at a meeting of the combined authority of council leaders.
The four South Yorkshire councils signed the Sheffield City Region agreement with then Chancellor George Osborne two years ago which offered £30m a year in extra funding and a transfer of powers from Whitehall to a new elected mayor.
Barnsley and Doncaster council leaders vote against South Yorkshire devolution
South Yorkshire’s £900m devolution deal appears dead in the water after two of the four councils involved voted against the proposal.
The leaders of Barnsley and Doncaster councils say the deal “is no longer possible” and that they want to pursue a Yorkshire-wide deal.
An in-principle agreement to hand power to South Yorkshire was signed in 2015.
The government says it will not consider any deal that would “cut across or unravel” that agreement