Residents and businesses asked for views on Devolution Deal

Published Wednesday, 2nd December 2015
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Residents and businesses are invite to have their say and get involved in the debate on the in-principle Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal with the Government.

From Wednesday 2 December to Friday 15 January 2016, the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is inviting local residents to comment on the deal by visiting its website.

The proposed deal, which will mean £900 million of additional funding and more power to make important economic decisions locally, has been welcomed by local business and political leaders from across the Sheffield City Region.

Councillor Sir Stephen Houghton, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, said: "We're asking residents and businesses to have their say on our proposed deal with Government. We know that business growth and better job opportunities are issues that people really care about and that’s why we're encouraging as many people as possible to take part."

"This deal is ultimately based on our belief that decisions that impact on local people will be better made by local leaders, who live and work locally, rather than by civil servants and Ministers in London."

James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: "The LEP's success means that local business leaders now have an increasingly important part to play in creating stronger local economic growth in Sheffield City Region. This deal enables our local political and business leaders to take decision-making to the next level, making bigger and better local decisions over skills, business growth and infrastructure. I encourage anyone with an interest in expanding their businesses and creating job opportunities for local people to show their support for the deal by visiting our consultation website."

Cllr Chris Read, the Leader of Rotherham Council, said: "This proposed deal puts Rotherham on the national stage – prioritising jobs, housing and infrastructure. It is a measure of our ambition that we want to be one of the first places in the country to be making these kinds of decisions for ourselves rather than depending on London. This consultation is an important opportunity for members of the public to find out more about what's on the table, and to have their say about what we do for ourselves and what we leave to national government in the future. I encourage people to take part and look forward to hearing what businesses and the wider community have to say."

In October 2015, local politicians and business leaders secured the in-principle deal with the Chancellor George Osborne to transfer national powers and control over funding from national Government departments to the Sheffield City Region – as well as securing a massive £900 million additional cash boost over the next thirty years to deliver major regeneration, infrastructure and business growth schemes.

Local Leaders will be negotiating details of the deal over the coming months but we are now consulting on the proposed deal so that we have the views of the people in the City Region before we finalise any deal. We recognise that further work needs to continue to clarify issues in relation to the Mayor in any majority vote (to ensure the right checks and balances are in place) and potential amendments to achieving our preferred geography of the region (to seek maximum flexibility for all types of authorities to be part of combined authorities).

The deal needs to be formally approved by each of the local councils within the Sheffield City Region and is subject to a programme of consultation and engagement with residents and businesses over the coming months. It is also dependent upon the Government delivering on the promises it has made in this and previous deals, and the City Region agreeing to the creation of a directly-elected Mayor.

It is a deal that marks another step in the journey that the Sheffield City Region has taken over the last five years in securing greater control over its own economic affairs. It enables the City Region to build on some of its world class assets, including the Sheffield and Rotherham based Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, aligning the new Doncaster-based National College for High Speed Rail with the new Institutes of Technology to help meet the wider set of national infrastructure challenges, major town centre improvement plans in Barnsley and the Enterprise Zones across the whole City Region.

The deal covers a range of themes including transport, skills, creating new jobs, inward investment and support to help local businesses export as well as committing to working with Government on new ways to incentivise local growth.

For more information and to take part in the consultation visit the website:

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