Assurance over elected mayors

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SHEFFIELD will not miss out on proposed powers to keep business rates and have dedicated funding for infrastructure projects if people vote against an elected mayor.

Prime Minister David Cameron made the pledge after a question from Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts.

It follows concern that new ‘localism’ powers to help cities by having more control over budgets and development may be restricted to those where an elected mayor is approved. A referendum on the idea will be held at the same time as May’s local elections.

Mr Betts said: “I got a pretty direct answer.”