Call for public say on devolution deal

Sarah Jane Smalley and Brian Webster are standing for the Green Party in the local elections
Sarah Jane Smalley and Brian Webster are standing for the Green Party in the local elections
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More calls for public consultation on Sheffield’s devolution deal have been made after the package was announced last week.

Sheffield’s Green party leader Coun Jillian Creasy asked for a public debate on the issue before the plan - which gives Sheffield more control over transport, housing, skills and business support, was announced.

Her colleague, Broomhill Coun Brian Webster said: “The party supports devolution to local areas but it is essential that this is done in an open and democratic way.

“It is very disappointing that this deal has been struck behind closed doors, without any opportunity for the people of Sheffield to have their say.”

It is not yet confirmed whether there will be any consultation on the deal.