Sheffield Council signs up to devolution deal

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Sheffield Council has voted to endorse the proposed Sheffield City Region devolution agreement.

Councillors voted in favour of the deal at a meeting on Friday, March 18, after a number of changes were made.

It was agreed that an elected mayor will not have an overall power of veto, while councillors also said they did not want to support a South Yorkshire-only model, where residents in the county would have a mayor but other parts of the region wouldn’t.

Instead, Chesterfield and Bassetlaw will become full members of the Sheffield City Region, while Bolsover, North East Derbyshire and Derbyshire Dales will fall outside areas of policy for which the mayor has responsibility.

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A council spokesman said: “In making its decision the council has taken into account significant changes to the terms of the agreement, as pursued by Sheffield; the views and comments of local residents, businesses, and community organisations, and the views of the overview and scrutiny management committee.”