Authority’s anniversary

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THE organisation that manages the police, fire, transport and pensions authorities in South Yorkshire is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

South Yorkshire Joint Secretariat was established in 1986 following the abolition of South Yorkshire County Council.

It was the first of its kind and remains the only one in the country which supports four separate independent authorities.

It is responsible for setting budgets, appointing officers and developing strategies, plans and priorities.

Clerk and treasurer for the last 15 years, Bill Wilkinson, said: “We’re proud to be a unique concept in local government.”