Devolution Deal statement
- Any decision on implementing the Devolution Deal has been deferred by the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority until September
- At yesterday’s CA meeting Cllr Sir Houghton stepped down temporarily from his role as Chair of the CA to avoid any possible conflicts of interest whilst Barnsley explores all other possible devolution options
- Cllr Gilby, Leader of Chesterfield Council and Vice Chair of the Combined Authority, took the Chair for the remainder of yesterday’s meeting.
Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said:
“In Sheffield City Region it is our aim to build a centre of business excellence and a super connected city region. We’re delivering on this objective with 37,000 additional jobs and growth focused on high value manufacturing and engineering jobs.
“The LEP remains focused on economic growth and jobs in Sheffield City Region.
“We are committed to the principle that devolution will help us fulfil our economic potential and that this must happen as soon as possible. This was the message that private sector LEP Board members made emphatically at the LEP Board meeting yesterday.
“Ultimately, implementing the devolution deal is not a LEP decision and it is the four councils in South Yorkshire that must decide.”