Partnership’s plan to transform economy

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It’s a £250m plan to boost skills, housing, transport and jobs and it’s just been sent to Government for approval.

After months of work, the Local Enterprise Partnership has submitted a strategic economic plan to transform the economy over the next decade.

As well as cash, LEP leaders want more powers. The LEP is a partnership of business and local authority leaders.

Barnsley Council chief executive Diana Terris said: “The LEP is very confident that Government will recognise this as an opportunity to realise the economic potential of the Sheffield City Region and enable us to contribute much more to the strength and resilience of the UK economy.”

The goal is to create 70,000 new jobs.

James Newman, LEP chairman, said: “Local decisions, made by local people will bring local benefits - which is at the heart of the LEP’s vision.”