Sheffield City Named Second Northern Powerhouse
The Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed a second “northern powerhouse” will be established alongside Greater Manchester, with Sheffield City Region to have an elected mayor by 2017.
The agreement means the Sheffield City Region will have access to a pot of government money – £900m over the next 30 years – enabling Sheffield to boost local growth and invest in local manufacturing and innovation.
The new mayor will act as chairman of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority (SCRCA). The authority is comprised of the nine local authority areas of Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield
Alexandra Jones, the Chief Executive of the think-tank Centre for Cities, said:
“This deal is a great step forward for Sheffield, and will give local leaders more of the powers they need to improve transport infrastructure, boost skills and support more businesses and jobs, which will make a big difference to the lives of people all across the city region.
“Crucially, this deal for Sheffield, and previous agreements with Greater Manchester, will only go ahead if the Government’s cities and local government bill is successfully passed through Parliament in the next few months. It’s vital that MPs from all parties support the bill, otherwise UK cities will miss out on the benefits and opportunities that devolution would offer.”
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