South Yorkshire devolution deal scrapped amid acrimony

COUNCIL leaders today effectively scrapped the Sheffield City Region devolution deal. The decision led to acrimony as today’s meeting broke up with the leaders of Barnsley and Sheffield councils in what appeared to be a heated exchange. Sheffield Council leader … Continue reading

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Action pledge from minister over HS2 route through Mexborough

Rail minister Paul Maynard has pledged to improve relations with Mexborough residents over HS2 plans after attending an ‘angry’ meeting in the town. Mr Maynard sat down with residents, local councillors and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband at Mexborough Business … Continue reading

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Councils seek talks to avoid “ridiculous” £1m election

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 … Continue reading

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Dan Jarvis: How One Yorkshire devolution deal can put county in pole position

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, … Continue reading

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UKIP ask council if anything has changed in approach to CSE in Rotherham

A UKIP councillor challenged Rotherham Borough Council over its progress in tackling child sexual exploitation after it was revealed the council dealt with 45 cases in just three months. Cllr Allen Cowles questioned how much had changed since the scandal … Continue reading

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Rotherham Council passes external audit

External auditors have concluded that Rotherham Council has made proper arrangements to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources for the first time since Government-appointed commissioners were brought in. The authority was deemed “not fit for purpose” … Continue reading

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The Reports – more spin than substance

The Reports: Overview, or the spin. Read it here: http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/3515/summary_report.pdf Investigation into the Performance, Practice and Conduct of Senior Employees of the Council over the period of the Jay Report (1997-2013) and further highlighted in the Corporate Governance Inspection report … Continue reading

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