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Sheffield city region to have elected mayor in £900m devolution deal

Like London the Sheffield city region will have an elected mayor as part of a devolution deal. Credit: PA

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the Sheffield city region will have an elected mayor as part of a devolution deal which will see the area recieve £900m over the next 30 years.

From 2017 the city region will vote for a directly-elected Mayor who will oversee a range of powers including transport budgets and planning.

Osborne will sign a deal with civic leaders from South Yorkshire later this morning.

Sheffield is forging ahead in the northern powerhouse, which this historic deal proves is taking shape. It has the power to change the shape of local government in a way that would have been unthinkable even a few years ago. For local people, it will mean the decisions that affect them being taken locally.

– George Osborne
People in the area will be able to vote for a mayor in 2017 Credit: Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Region is one of 38 towns, cities, counties and regions which submitted ambitious proposals to Westminster to take control of how public money is spent in their area.

For too long Whitehall has been in control of major decisions affecting local places on important issues such as transport, skills, regeneration and infrastructure improvements. This deal goes some way to redressing this imbalance. It also means that the local private sector continues to play a leading role in making decisions which impact business growth, alongside combined authority political leaders and the new city region mayor. This deal will enable local leaders to accelerate delivery of the jobs and new businesses that our local economy needs to grow.

– James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP
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