On Thursday 3 May 2018, Sheffield City Region will elect a mayor for the first time.
If you are registered to vote in local elections for any of the district councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham or Sheffield, you will be eligible to vote in this election.
In 2014 the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority was established. Led by the nine council leaders, this brought together the four ‘constituent’ South Yorkshire authorities with Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire as ‘non-constituent’ members. The Mayor will work with these leaders to deliver the area’s economic development, regeneration and transport priorities to drive the growth of the economy.
What will the Mayor do?
The Mayor will be a major figure in the political life of the area. They will act as an ambassador for the area; promoting it as a place to live, work, visit and invest in.
The Mayor will be a member, and chair, of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority. The Mayor will have certain public transport powers relating to how buses may operate in the future.
The Mayor and the other leaders of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority will be able to work with the Local Enterprise Partnership, central government and other organisations in pursuing shared goals.
Further powers and resources may be devolved to the Mayor and the Combined Authority if agreement can be reached in the future. This could include the powers from the 2015 Devolution Deal with Government, such as the £900m of funding to grow the economy and powers for adult skills and training. Both the Combined Authority and the Mayor would need to agree to any such additional powers being devolved.
There is not currently a salary attached to the position of Sheffield City Region mayor. This may change in the future, should agreement be reached on further powers being devolved from Government.
Will the Mayor make decisions about my council?
No. Your local council will continue to provide the services needed and used by their local communities. The Mayor and Sheffield City Region Combined Authority will make decisions that impact on and improve the City Region on issues such as public transport, adult skills, infrastructure and economic development.
How long will the Mayor be in office?
The term for the Mayor is four years. The successful candidate will be elected for a four-year term, with another election in 2022.