South Yorkshire devolution is a done deal

South Yorkshire is taking greater control of its own destiny with new powers and millions of pounds in new funding to grow our economy and boost skills set to arrive this summer, after the region’s landmark devolution deal was finally agreed yesterday.

South Yorkshire devolution is a done deal

South Yorkshire is taking greater control of its own destiny with new powers and millions of pounds in new funding to grow our economy and boost skills set to arrive this summer, after the region’s landmark devolution deal was finally agreed yesterday.

The order for the deal was laid in Parliament after letters of agreement were submitted by Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis, and the council leaders for Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The Deal will be approved in Parliament in the coming weeks.

Benefits for the region include control of a new, flexible single pot of funding for economic growth, which incorporates an additional £30 million annual allocation over the next 30 years.

It also secures devolved transport powers and funding; full devolution of the Adult Education Budget of around £35m a year, for colleges and training providers; increased planning capacity and powers to deliver housing and economic growth; and greater control over how and where funds are directed in Rotherham and the rest of the region.

The Deal marks a significant breakthrough for the region, equipping local leaders with the tools and resources to build back better from the coronavirus pandemic.

Sheffield City Region announcement

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