City Region combines forces ahead of Spending Review

Published 10th May 2013 at 1:38pm

Councils and the private sector in Sheffield City Region are leading the way in coming together to drive growth and create jobs.

Following agreement from all nine SCR councils, Sheffield City Region’s leaders have written to Government to establish a ‘combined authority’. The new authority will be referred to as the ‘SCR Authority’, and will allow efficient decision making and hold devolved funds on behalf of partners.

This comes at a critical time, when Government is preparing to devolve significant funding to city regions. The Sheffield City Region is ahead of most other City Region areas in the UK with its nine local authorities already around the table and working together. By establishing a combined authority, the Sheffield City Region is ensuring that it is in the best possible position ahead of the Government’s plans, which it believes will significantly benefit its 1.8 million residents.

The Chancellor’s Spending Review will be announced on 26 June and will determine which powers and funding will handed down. Central to this will be the size and the content of the ‘Single Local Growth Fund’ – a single local place for Whitehall to devolve funding for housing, transport and skills.

In their letter to senior ministers, leaders have asked for their powers over decisions on economic development, regeneration and transport to be made law. Leaders believe that by working together they will be better able to improve economic conditions and performance in the City Region, which has an economic output of £25 billion pounds per year and contains approximately 55,000 businesses.

James Newman, Sheffield City Region LEP Chairman, said,

“We are an ambitious City Region based on a strong, stable partnership between the public and private sector. The SCR Authority ‘hardwires’ the partnership between the public and private sector in the Sheffield City Region – providing a solid, stable platform for future governance and decision making.”

Cllr John Burrows, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council said,

“Setting up the SCR Authority simply involved putting into legislation the partnership that has been in place for some time – and we expect to reap the economic benefits of this important step forward.”

Councillor Julie Dore said, Leader of Sheffield City Council,

“The SCR Authority is an important step forward for the Sheffield City Region. It demonstrates that by working together, we can deliver real benefits for local residents across our districts.”

 

Relevant links to this story:

Governance Review and Scheme documents

The Chairman’s Blog 09/05/13: Message to Government: Hold your nerve!

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