Districts in Sheffield City Region get independent vote on joining

Clive Betts MP
Clive Betts MP
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Districts in the proposed Sheffield City Region devolution deal will now get an independent say on whether to join.

Clive Betts, Labour MP for South East Sheffield, proposed an amendment which gave all nine districts a say on whether to join – independent from county councils.

The amendment, which had cross-party backing, was passed in parliament yesterday (Mon).

Mr Betts said he believed it was important that the districts were able to make an independent choice.

He said: “I hope the county councils support this as it’s important that each district is free to make it’s own choice.”

The districts of the Sheffield City Region are: Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Under the deal a directly elected mayor would take responsibility for transport budgets and strategic planning and have access to £900m of government money over the next 30 years.

A six-week consultation on the proposed devolution deal for the Sheffield City Region began on December 2 and will run for six weeks.

The mayoral elections are due to take place in 2017.

Mr Betts said: “I would welcome all the separate regions and I hope they decide to join us.

“The more districts we have in the Sheffield City Region, the stronger we will be. It will be a bigger boost to the economy.”

To find out more, or to take part in the consultation visit: http://sheffieldcityregiondevolution.org.uk/