Devolution: Sheffield City Region mayor has 'no intention' of introducing mayoral tax

South Yorkshire’s metro mayor has ruled out bringing in an extra precept on council tax bills following the breakthrough on devolution.

Thursday, 13th February 2020, 2:29 pm
Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis

Documents which set out powers and how a devolution deal could work for the Sheffield City Region included the option of a ‘mayoral tax’.

But mayor Dan Jarvis dismissed adding an extra council tax precept on thousands of South Yorkshire bills and said: “I’ve got absolutely no intention of doing that.”

Mr Jarvis, who is also MP for Barnsley Central, said the region was now in a position to kick on and start to draw down investment from central government.

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Mayor Jarvis said: “I’m not going to be introducing a mayoral precept - that wasn’t in my manifesto, I’ve never referred to it and I’ve got absolutely no intention of doing that.

“What we are able to do now is unlock a significant amount of additional resource both in terms of the gain share which is £30 million along with control of the adult education budget of £35 million but lots of other potential sources of funding.

“In terms of resources coming into the Sheffield City Region, this is a massive moment for South Yorkshire and we’re now in a much stronger position than we were a few years ago and there’s a real opportunity to deliver a strategic economic plan to improve our public transport system and draw down the investment in our economy to create a significant number of good jobs.”