This is what the South Yorkshire devolution deal could look like

A mayoral tax, a deputy mayor, extra powers on public transport and the ability to keep 100 per cent of business rates are just some of the elements which could form the South Yorkshire devolution deal.

Monday, 20th January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 2:15 pm

Sheffield City Region bosses have published a framework on what they want to see happen in the future following agreement from council leaders on all sides of the devolution process.

A mayoral council tax precept is likely to be introduced in order to fund operations of the city region on top of the £30 million per year which is handed down from Government.

Mayor Jarvis will also be able to have borrowing power in order to get more funds and be able to have a deputy mayor and a political advisor.

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Government will introduce a pilot scheme in Sheffield City Region combined authority which will enable the area to retain 100 per cent of any additional business rate growth beyond expected forecasts.

These pilots will begin, subject to further detailed discussions between the combined authority and Government.

Bosses say the mayoral combined authority ‘should have control’ over the consolidated devolved capital transport budget.

There will be full devolution of the adult skills budget which provides training for people over the age of 19 at colleges across the region.

Extra powers on housing are also being sought in order to ‘improve the supply and quality of housing’ to secure the ‘regeneration or development of land or infrastructure’.

The council leaders from Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley would form the mayor’s cabinet.

They will perform a ‘supporting and advisory function’ to the Mayor and Combined Authority and where powers reside with the mayor, the SCR Cabinet may ask the mayor to reconsider his strategies and funding plans if two-thirds of the members agree to do so.

Public consultation will run for six weeks from Feb 3 to March 15.

Fiona Boden, mayoral policy advisor at Sheffield City Region, said: “The deal is one of the largest individual settlements for any combined authority area, relative to its population size.

“The deal covers a range of themes including skills and employment; housing, planning and public assets; innovation, advanced manufacturing and business growth and transport.

“After a period of uncertainty regarding the future of devolution in the region, consensus has now been reached on how it should be progressed, and a proposal was made to Government in March 2019.

“It is a legal requirement that a public consultation be undertaken in most cases where additional functions are to be conferred upon the Combined Authority. The consultation will relate to the proposals contained in the scheme.”