Devolution deal close for Sheffield after weeks of talks

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An outline devolution deal for the Sheffield city region is understood to be close to completion - with an announcement to come as early as tomorrow.

South Yorkshire leaders submitted proposals for extra powers and funding from Whitehall in September but said negotiations on the detail were likely to take months.

It is understood by The Star that talks have been intensified this week and an initial deal is set to be announced tomorrow, totalling many millions of pounds.

It is likely that the deal will include an elected metro mayor for the region as Chancellor George Osborne has previously said they will be required in order to grant ‘far-reaching’ devolution.

In September city region leaders said that they had submitted an ‘ambitious’ set of proposals.

They focus on the areas of transport, housing, advanced manufacturing and innovation and greater accountability of national programmes to Sheffield City Region.

At the time Sir Coun Steve Houghton, chairman of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, said: “We’re looking for a significant deal with government, which will bring the best possible benefits for local residents and businesses.

“For local leaders to reach a deal with government, the size of the prize will have to be great enough to satisfy the huge ambitions of our local partners and local business community.”

A Treasury spokesman said: “We are working through the proposals as we are with all the others.”