Sheffield devolution deal to be revealed after statement

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A devolution deal for Sheffield is likely to be announced after today’s autumn statement by Chancellor George Osborne, The Star understands.

A devolution deal for Sheffield is likely to be announced after tomorrow’s autumn statement by Chancellor George Osborne, The Star understands.

City leaders have been negotiating what new home powers Sheffield would receive from Whitehall for a number of weeks and to the deadline of today.

But it is now understood that a deal will not be revealed until after the autumn statement is made this afternoon.

It is expected that any deal for Sheffield would focus on skills, as the city has a good track record on apprenticeships, and measures to improve transport.

Meanwhile Hillsborough and Brightside MP David Blunkett has said that devolution needs to be consulted on with the local people it will affect.

He added: “Without arrangements for genuine engagement and participation by local people and above all governance structures that provide accountability, present plans for devolution will be a mirage.”