William Eichler 15 September 2016

Elected mayor for combined authority 'done deal', Government insists

Elected mayor for combined authority done deal, Government insists image

The terms of the Sheffield City Region’s devolution deal are ‘absolutely clear’ and involve an elected mayor, Whitehall insists.

Councils in the Sheffield region yesterday gave their assent to a Government deal that would see the substantial devolution of powers and funding, including £1.3bn of investment.

However, Cllr Sir Steve Houghton, chair of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, said: ‘The elected mayor is not yet a done deal.’

'We are seeking clarity from Government on whether this is still needed as there are still significant concerns around the mayoral model amongst a number of city region authorities,’ he said.

A Government spokesperson today clarified Whitehall’s position and said the terms of the deal were ‘clear’.

‘The terms of this deal were absolutely clear when it was signed almost a year ago,’ they said, ‘and work is underway to deliver this for the people of the Sheffield City Region so they can elect a powerful new mayor for their area in May 2017.’

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