Combined Authority will work towards 2018 Mayoral election

Published 12th January 2017 at 2:45pm

The Combined Authority has today announced that it is no longer possible to achieve a Mayoral election in Sheffield City Region in May 2017 and that it is now working towards a Mayoral Election in May 2018.

A spokesperson for the Combined Authority said: “Local leaders of the Combined Authority have now had an opportunity to consider the high court judgement and its implications on the Sheffield City Region’s Devolution Deal and the Mayoral geography. On the advice of the Combined Authority’s managing director and legal officer it is now not possible to hold a Mayoral election in May 2017. The Combined Authority is now working towards a Mayoral Election in May 2018. To this end, the Combined Authority is drawing up fresh plans to consult on its proposals, with a view to satisfying the requirements of the High Court judgement.”

Local leaders have made this decision following advice from the Combined Authority’s managing director and legal officer is that it is no longer possible to achieve an election in May 2017 due to the time required to carry out the additional consultation required. Local leaders have therefore agreed to prepare to carry out the necessary additional consultation process with a view to starting the consultation after the May 2017 local elections.

In July and August 2016, SCR undertook extensive consultation on its Devolution Deal which received over 2,892 responses from residents across the SCR. The consultation covered the full geography of the city region and focused on resident and business perceptions of the terms of the deal. In September 2016, Derbyshire County Council made a claim that the Sheffield City Region’s consultation was misleading. On 9-10 November 2016, the case was considered at the High Court in London. The judgement confirmed that Sheffield City Region’s extensive and wide-ranging consultation would not be quashed. However, the judgement did raise the need to carry out further consultation to address the proposed governance changes in Chesterfield.

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