How we make decisions
The Sheffield City Region comprises the Combined Authority, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the SCR Executive Team.
Formed in 2014, the Combined Authority has certain statutory powers over transport and funding from Government. The LEP was established in 2010 and is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Sheffield City Region. The LEP has a key advisory role and works closely with the Combined Authority to make strategic, policy and financial decisions. All decisions of the Combined Authority and LEP are publicly available.
We are strongly committed to putting in place robust decision-making and financial management processes and procedures to ensure that public money is being spent responsibly and is accounted for. We recognise the importance of maintaining and continually improving our governance arrangements, and each year we review and refine our procedures to further improve our accountability.
We also strive to achieve high standards for being open and transparent with the public about how we are investing the money we receive.
Our Constitution of the Combined Authority sets out in a single place, how the Combined Authority works, its legal powers and obligations, how decisions are made and the protocols we follow to ensure that we are open, transparent and accountable to the public. The Constitution also outlines the roles and responsibilities for our different Boards and Committees.
The Financial Regulations for the Combined Authority set out the financial management policies that we operate and they are a key part of our financial governance arrangements. The Financial Regulations help members and officers to manage the Combined Authority’s finances in line with best practice.
The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority and LEP adhere to a Code of Corporate Governance that describes how the public and private sector partnership directs and controls what it is accountable for. It is a public statement that sets out SCR’s commitment to good governance and the way in which the principles of good governance will be fulfilled in practice.
When undertaking any procurement, all Boards, Committees, members, officers and staff must comply with our Contract Procurement Rules. You can find current opportunities to supply goods and services to the Sheffield City Region on YORtender
We are committed to managing risk responsibly and maintaining a risk management framework that identifies and assesses risks that threaten the achievement of our objectives.
Due to the nature of our work and particularly in relation to appraising and awarding funding and grants to companies and individuals, we hold and process personal, financial and commercial data. This data is held and processed in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Sheffield City Region’s ICT services are supplied by SYPTE and staff are required to adhere to SYPTE’s IT Policy. This policy covers data, and network security.
Our Code of Conduct requires our Combined Authority to conform with the Seven Principles of Public Life – selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
You can view the Register of Interests for each Board member here. In addition, members are asked to declare any interest in specific agenda items at the start of each Board meeting. You can view the Declarations of Interest made at meetings on the links below:
Gifts and Hospitality
Combined Authority Board Members must submit written notification of any gifts or hospitality with a value of £100 or more within 28 days of receiving that gift or hospitality. Written notification must be submitted to the Combined Authority’s Monitoring Officer.
Confidential Complaints Procedure
If you wish to make a complaint about a member of the Combined Authority, please contact the Deputy Monitoring Officer at:
The Deputy Monitoring Officer
South Yorkshire Joint Secretariat
18 Regent Street
Our Assurance Framework explains what activities and decisions the LEP, Combined Authority and Thematic Boards are responsible for and outlines how we appraise, assess and approve projects and programmes for investment.
We have recently revised the Assurance Framework. You can download a copy of the ‘DRAFT SCR Assurance Framework’ by clicking the link.
Our LEP Terms of Reference outline the role and aims of the LEP Board and the duties of LEP Board members.
All appointments for private sector LEP Board membership are made through an open, transparent, competitive and non-discriminatory process.
We value the diversity of our communities in the Sheffield City Region and recognise this as a huge asset. To find out more about our approach view our LEP Diversity Policy
Our Code of Conduct requires LEP Board members to conform with the Seven Principles of Public Life – selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
LEP Board members are entitled to claim back travel and subsistence costs incurred whilst undertaking duties and responsibilities on behalf of the Sheffield City Region. Full details are available in the LEP Expenses Policy.
In addition, members are asked to declare any interest in specific agenda items at the start of each Board meeting. You can view the Declarations of Interest made at meetings here.
LEP Board members must notify the Sheffield City Region’s Managing Director in writing of all offers of hospitality and gifts. Further detail is available in the LEP Gifts and Hospitality Policy.
Our LEP Whistleblowing Policy provides useful information on how to raise a concern, how the concern will be handled and how concerns will be dealt with sensitively and in confidence.
To find out more about how to make a complaint and how we deal with any complaints received view our Confidential Complaints Policy.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives you the right to request a copy of any information that a public sector organisation holds, including the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority.
In our efforts to be as open and transparent as possible we publish information on our website so that it can be accessed by the public. This includes information published by the LEP. Details on the types of information we publish are in our SCR Publication Scheme and SCR Guide to Information.
So, if you would like to access information that we hold which is not published on our website, you can ask to see it. You will need to make a request to us in writing.
You can email the Customer Feedback and Improvement Team at Informationrequests@Barnsley.gov.uk for information held by the Sheffield City Region.
We respond to requests for information within 20 working days.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives public bodies the right to refuse a request for information where disclosing the data would breach data protection laws or cause harm. We can also refuse a request if the cost of providing the information would be more than £450, if the request is vexatious, or if it is a repeated request for information from the same person. However, we will not unreasonably withhold information.
The Combined Authority is responsible for approving the annual revenue budget prior to the start of the financial year within the Budget and Policy Framework. This includes setting the transport levy and estimating income and expenditure for the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).
As the accountable body for the Local Enterprise Partnership, the Combined Authority also approves the LEP’s capital and revenue budget.
The Combined Authority is also responsible for agreeing an annual programme of capital expenditure, together with proposals for the financing of that programme. This includes schemes promoted by both the Combined Authority and those directly managed by SYPTE.
Sheffield City Region Pay Grade Structure
All schemes and projects seeking capital investment from the Sheffield City Region undergo a thorough appraisal to assess the merits of the application, its strategic fit and value for money. Projects which have progressed through the appraisal process are presented to the Combined Authority Board for approval.
As part of our commitment to be open and transparent, we publish information on all payments made to suppliers and organisations that have a value of more than £250 on a monthly basis. View Payments to Suppliers
Please note that our expenditure is categorised using the Proclass system. This means that each supplier has a defined category which they are assigned, but this does not necessarily mean this is what we are buying. This data is provided for free reuse, including commercial reuse. The right for further use is covered by the Open Government License, published by the National Archives and as recommended by HM Government Data.
Corporate Card Spend
We publish information on all payments made on corporate cards on a monthly basis.
These payments are incorporated into the monthly payment listings of items of expenditure over £250 cross referenced “GPC”
Expenses and Member Allowances
No remuneration is paid to members of the Combined Authority Board, LEP Board or other committees established by the Sheffield City Region. Members are, however, entitled to claim back travel and subsistence costs incurred whilst undertaking duties and responsibilities on behalf of the Sheffield City Region.
We are committed to publishing details of all contracts and agreements in place. This information can be found by following the link here.
All finalised capital and revenue expenditure and income for the Sheffield City Region is detailed in the Annual Statement of Accounts.
You can also download the Annual Statement of Accounts for previous financial years on these here
The Annual Governance Statement explains the processes and procedures in place to enable the Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership to carry out their functions effectively.
As part of an annual assessment by Government each year, the Chair and Chief Executive of each LEP is required to produce a written statement on the status of governance and transparency and activities that have been delivered over the year.
The report includes a statement from the Section 73 Officer (the designated lead Financial Officer) on the measures that have been put in place over the year to control and monitor programme funding and expenditure.
To ensure that we are being efficient and effective in our use of public money and resources, we appoint an external auditor to review the operations of the organisation every year.
We undertake quarterly monitoring of financial performance and capital programme delivery during each year to ensure that the overall spending of the Combined Authority is within available resources.
European Structural and Investment Funding (ESIF)
Sheffield City Region has an allocation of just over €200 million of funding through the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) to invest in projects and initiatives between 2014 and 2020.
Our European Structural Investment Fund Strategy strategy sets out how we intend to invest ESIF resources.
Part of the ESIF funding is allocated through ‘calls’. This is where we invite funding applications for a particular theme or initiative outlined in our ESIF Plan. All calls are published on our website here and on the Government’s ESIF website https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds
Our Current ESIF Calls for Applications:
Call: Sustainable Urban Development
Closing Date: 30 March 2018
This call invites applications to run a project supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy and promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management in the four South Yorkshire local authority areas (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield).
The Sheffield City Region Sustainable Urban Development Strategy (August 2017) aims to deliver an integrated approach to green growth as part of our wider plan to transform our regional economy.
You can download the full Call Specification below:
For more information, and to make an application, please click the link below: