Governance

How We Make Decisions

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 and is ultimately responsible for all decisions made in the Sheffield City Region. 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.

To aid decision-making, the Combined Authority and LEP are supported by four thematic Boards with distinct responsibilities for Business Growth, Housing and Infrastructure, Skills, and Transport. All decisions of the Combined Authority, LEP and our Boards are publicly available.

As we receive central government funding and have powers over devolved transport and skills funding, 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.

The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 details what information we must publish and how and when the information should be made available. We also have obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to make certain information available on request. You can download a copy of the Sheffield City Region Publication Scheme on the link below:

SCR Publication Scheme

Information on our Board Members, Committee Members and support staff is published in ‘Who We Are’ and meeting agendas, papers and the decisions made by our Board and Committees is published in ‘Meetings’.  In the sections below, you can access information on our constitution, our decision-making process, and the procedures and policies we follow as part of our robust governance arrangements. You can also find information on our funding, strategic plans, performance and expenditure.

Our Structure

In this section you can find information on our Board and staff structure, including our legal constitution, information on how we work with partners and stakeholders and who is responsible for making what decisions and when.

Our Board Structure

Our structure comprises of 2 principal Boards, 4 thematic Boards and 2 Audit and Scrutiny Committees:

The Combined Authority Board
  • Membership: Leaders of the 9 local authorities in the Sheffield City Region. The LEP Chair also attends Combined Authority meetings
  • Decision-making Powers: Principle decision-maker and responsible for all financial decisions made by the Sheffield City Region
  • List of Members:
The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board
  • Membership: 11 business and academic leaders, 9 local authority Leaders in the Sheffield City Region, and 3 co-opted specialist advisers (on Housing, Infrastructure and Skills and Employment)
  • Decision-making Powers: Makes decisions on strategic policy and direction
  • LEP Terms of ReferenceV1.0
  • List of Members
Audit Committee
  • Membership: 13 elected Councillors from the 9 local authorities in the Sheffield City Region
  • Decision-making Powers: Delegated authority to receive and approve the Combined Authority’s Statement of Accounts
  • Terms of Reference:
  • List of Members:
Scrutiny Committee
  • Membership: 14 elected Councillors from the 9 local authorities in the Sheffield City Region.
  • Decision-making Powers: Authority to review and scrutinise a decision made or action taken
  • Terms of Reference:
  • List of Members:
Four Thematic Boards

Business Growth Board, Housing and Infrastructure Board, Skills Board and Transport Board

  • Membership: Representatives from the private and public sectors, including industry experts and specialists
  • Decision-making Powers: Some delegated authority to make smaller decisions on strategic direction, projects and initiatives and responsibility for monitoring project delivery
  • Terms of Reference:
  • List of Members:

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE)

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is a subsidiary company of the Combined Authority, responsible for the development and delivery of public transport. SYPTE is tasked with delivering the South Yorkshire Transport Plan.

SYPTE is an employing body and has a Director General who manages the day-to-day operations of the company, and who reports into the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority. The Combined Authority is responsible for:

  • Appointing SYPTE Directors
  • Negotiating the Transport Levy with the four South Yorkshire local authorities on an annual basis
  • Agreeing the SYPTE revenue budget and capital programme through the award of an annual revenue grant to SYPTE
  • Approving estimates of income and expenditure of SYPTE and approving borrowing by SYPTE
  • Granting approval to SYPTE to promote or oppose any Bill in Parliament
  • Making a written request to the Minister to authorise SYPTE to compulsorily purchase any land which SYPTE require for public transport purposes
  • Monitoring and overseeing the activities and performance of SYPTE
  • Ensuring that SYPTE secures the provision of appropriate public passenger transport services
  • Disposal and development of any land by SYPTE development of any land of SYPTE

As a subsidiary body, SYPTE produces its own financial accounts which can be viewed on this link http://www.sypte.co.uk/corporate.aspx?id=1644  SYPTE is subject to audit and scrutiny by the Sheffield City Region’s Audit and Scrutiny Committees.

Te financial results of SYPTE are also consolidated into the Sheffield City Region’s Combined Authority group accounts. You can view these accounts in ‘Our Performance’

Our Staff Structure

SCR Executive Team

Both the Combined Authority and LEP are served by a team of staff from a central office at 11 Broad Street West in Sheffield. The Executive Team is an independent but collaborative resource to support the Sheffield City Region.

The team is structured into three departments:

Strategic Corporate Affairs
The Strategic Corporate Affairs department researches and produces the policy and strategic framework for investment decisions. They support the drafting of our key strategic plans including the Strategic Economic Plan and Transport Strategy. They also work with government and build partnerships with local, pan-Northern and national organisations.

Programme Commissioning
The Programme Commissioning department turns our strategy into workable, deliverable and effective activity. They promote business develop ideas schemes and initiatives through consultation with partners and agencies and procure projects and services. They also market the City Region’s Enterprise Zones and other development sites to secure inward investment from companies located from outside the City Region and UK.

Programmes and Assurance
The Programmes and Assurance department ensures that programmes and initiatives funded by the Sheffield City Region deliver promised outputs and outcomes. The department assesses and appraises projects, manages contracts with suppliers, monitors delivery and manages and reports on financial risk.

The Sheffield City Region is not an employing body. Instead, staff working in the SCR Executive Team are employed by the individual local authorities in South Yorkshire.

Combined Authority Officers

In addition to the day-to-day work undertaken by the SCR Executive Team, the Sheffield City Region has a number of designated officers who provide specific services to ensure that the Combined Authority is acting legally and responsibly. The designated officers for the Combined Authority are:

  • Clerk of the Combined Authority, Diana Terris, Chief Executive of Barnsley Council
  • Director of Finance, Eugene Walker, Interim Executive Director of Resources at Sheffield City Council
  • Monitoring Officer, Andrew Frosdick, Director of Legal and Governance at Barnsley Council
  • Combined Authority Secretariat
  • South Yorkshire Joint Authorities Governance Unit based at Barnsley Council

The Combined Authority Constitution

The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority is a local government body comprising the four local authorities in South Yorkshire and the district and borough councils of Bassetlaw, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales and Bolsover. The full legal name for the Combined Authority is ‘The Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority’.

Our Constitution document 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.

You can view a copy of the Constitution on the link: SCR Combined Authority Constitution – September 2017

Alternatively, you can view the individual protocols and policies contained in the Constitution in ‘Our Procedures’ (see below) and information on our Boards and Committees in ‘Who We Are

Our Procedures

In this section you can find information on the individual protocols, procedures and policies that we work to including our Code of Corporate Governance, financial regulations, procurement, equality and diversity and freedom of information. We are committed to regularly reviewing and refining these procedures to ensure that we have robust mechanisms in place for operating the Sheffield City Region, and managing and spending the monies we are responsible for.

Code of Corporate Governance

The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority and LEP adhere to a Code of Corporate Governance that describes what the public and private sector partnership is accountable for.

The Code of Corporate Governance outlines our commitment to develop, refine and deliver robust processes and procedures to manage our activity and expenditure. The Code of Corporate Governance can be downloaded below: Code of Corporate Governance – April 2017

Each year we publish an Annual Governance Statement that explains how these processes and procedures have been applied over the year and outlines any improvements we will make. The most recent Annual Governance Statement can be viewed in ‘Our Performance’.

The LEP and Combined Authority Assurance Framework

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. The Assurance Framework also indicates how projects are monitored and evaluated to ensure that we are attaining best value and using public money responsibly and transparently.

Our Assurance Framework can be downloaded: Single Pot Assurance Framework – February 2017

Financial Regulations

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 and you can download a copy of the regulations: Combined Authority Financial Regulations 2015

Procurement Policy

When we procure goods or services, we use the following contract value thresholds to determine the procurement process we use:

  • Less than £250 We will obtain one quote (verbal or written).
  • Between £250 – £2,499 We will obtain a minimum of three competitive quotations (verbal or written).
  • Value between £2,500 – £25,000 (Goods – such as furniture, stationery, IT equipment) We will obtain a minimum of three written quotations. This will typically be done by advertising the contract through the YORtender website.
  • Between £2,500 – £50,000 (Services – such as consultancy, translation services) We will obtain a minimum of three quotations. This will typically be done by advertising the contract through the YORtender website.
  • Above £25,000 (Goods) or Above £50,000 (Services) We will undertake a formal open and competitive tendering process and advertise the tender on the Contracts Finder and YORtender websites. Contracts for goods or services with a value of more than £181,302 are advertised and awarded through Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) to comply with EU Directives.

You can find current opportunities to supply goods and services to the Sheffield City Region on YORtender 

When undertaking any procurement, all Boards, Committees, members, officers and staff must comply with our Contract Procurement Rules.
We evaluate all tenders and quotations on a balance of price and quality and consider ‘whole life costs’ where appropriate, rather than the cheapest up front price.

All formal written agreements and procurement contracts are signed by the Combined Authority’s Monitoring Officer.

Risk Management Policy

Risk management is vital to the successful delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). 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. Our Risk Management Policy

Data Protection and Security

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 and can be viewed here

LEP Board Recruitment Process

All appointments for private sector LEP Board membership are made through an open, transparent, competitive and non-discriminatory process. An Appointment Committee, made-up of LEP Board representatives and Senior Managers from the SCR Executive Team, undertakes LEP Board recruitment.

When positions on the LEP Board become available, they are publicly advertised and interested candidates are required to complete and submit an application form. The Appointment Committee reviews and assesses the applications against the role specification and candidates are shortlisted for an interview with the Appointment Committee members.

The Appointment Committee use the combination of the completed application form and interview to judge each candidate’s experience, suitability and fit. The Appointment Committee then makes a recommendation to the LEP Board on the candidates that should be appointed. When recommending new Board members, the Appointment Committee will be mindful of achieving the optimum composition and balance of skills, experience, background and diversity on the LEP Board. However, all Board appointments will be made on merit, in the context of the skills and experience required by the Board to be effective.

Private sector LEP Board members are initially appointed for a three-year term but an individual may be re-appointed for a further term with the agreement of the Chair. In order to ensure that members are suitably committed to the important work of the LEP, consistent non-attendance at meetings will be grounds for termination of membership.

At all times, one member of the LEP Board is the designated small business representative. Typically, this person will be from a small business themselves. The small business representative is tasked with leading engagement with small businesses, to ensure that the views of micro, small and medium sized businesses are adequately represented by the LEP. Our small business representative is the LEP Vice Chair, Nigel Brewster.

Equality and Diversity Policy

We value the diversity of our communities in the Sheffield City Region and recognise this as a huge asset.

We are committed to equality and will ensure that individuals or groups of individuals are not treated differently or less favourably, on the basis of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.

We also recognise, respect and value how people’s differences contribute to society and will support them in realising their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all.

In order to achieve our vision, and bring economic benefits to all City Region communities we will seek to ensure that the composition of the LEP Board reflects the diverse communities of the Sheffield City Region.

When recruiting new LEP Board members we will recruit openly from the City Region community. We will also consider areas of expertise and industry knowledge in addition to background, race, gender and other qualities to ensure that the LEP Board membership is balanced appropriately.

A member of the LEP Board will be responsible for championing equality and diversity, ensuring that the LEP Board understands its role in promoting diversity and eliminating discrimination. This member will sit on the Appointment Committee.

A copy of the LEP Diversity Policy

Code of Conduct

The Localism Act 2011 introduced new standards for members of local authorities from the 1 July 2012. To implement these standards we developed a Code of Conduct for our members to abide by, we established and publish a Register of Members’ Interests and we appointed an Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Our Code of Conduct requires our Combined Authority and LEP Board members to conform with the Seven Principles of Public Life – selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Our Codes of Conduct can be downloaded on the links below:

Expenses Policy

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, where travel is essential. The Managing Director is required to pre-authorise any expenditure.

The Expenses Policy for LEP Board members

Register of Members’ Interests

We are required by law to publish details of our members interests. Combined Authority and LEP Board members are asked to complete a form which outlines their commercial and private interests to avoid any conflict of interest and these are regularly updated. 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.

LEP Board members must notify the Sheffield City Region’s Managing Director in writing of all offers of hospitality and gifts. LEP Board members are required to tactfully decline all gifts with a value of £10 or more. We maintain a Register of Gifts and Hospitality.

The LEP Gifts and Hospitality Policy can be downloaded here.

Public Access to Meetings

All meetings, including Board and Committee meetings are open to the public.

However, in order to fulfil our obligations on commercial confidentiality and data protection, the public are excluded from being present for agenda items at meetings where confidential or ‘exempt’ information is discussed. Examples of exempt information include personal information, industrial relations matters, legal or criminal proceedings and financial and business affairs of people or companies we have dealings with.

Code of Practice for Recording Meetings

No recordings of any kind (other than written notes) are allowed at Board and Committee meetings unless the Chair has given permission. Permission to record meetings will not unreasonably be withheld, but if anyone makes a recording without permission, the Chair can ask the person to leave the meeting or adjourn the meeting.

Freedom of Information

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. Details on the types of information we publish are in our ‘SCR Publication Scheme’

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. 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.

Complaints Procedure

We welcome all feedback as it helps us to improve the services we provide. If you are unhappy with any aspect of work overseen by the Sheffield City Region, or about a decision we have made, you can make a complaint by contacting us at:

Sheffield City Region
11 Broad Street West
Sheffield
S1 2BQ
Email: enquiries@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk
Telephone: 0114 220 3400

We respond to any complaints within three working days.

If your complaint is about a subject that does not fall under the specific remit of the Sheffield City Region, we will signpost you to the relevant organisation you need to contact. Otherwise, we will work with you to try to resolve the problem quickly and find a solution that you’re happy with.

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
Barnsley
S70 2HG
E-mail:  MMcCarthy@syjs.gov.uk

Complaints procedure

Our Decisions & Expenditure

Sheffield City Region uses public money responsibly and transparently, and attains best value for public spending.

In this section you can find information on how public money is being invested in projects and initiatives through our capital and grants programmes.  You can also find details on our revenue budget and expenditure and details on financial decisions made by the Combined Authority Board.

Summary of Revenue and Capital Expenditure

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.  Our current revenue budgets can be downloaded on the links below:

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.  Our current capital expenditure programme can be downloaded on the link below:

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. This culminates in an overall revenue out-turn position, including details of reserves, balances and provisions held by the Combined Authority.  This is reported to the Combined Authority Board as soon as practical after the end of the financial year and is used to plan future spending. Significant variations to the capital programme, and any variations to the total annual cost of the SYPTE capital budget require the approval of the Combined Authority Board. You can view the most recent out-turn position and quarterly financial monitoring reports on the links below:

You can view our most recent Annual Statement of Accounts and the accounts for previous financial years in Our Performance

Sheffield City Region Pay Grade Structure

Click here for the senior employee salary information for the current financial year:

Grants Awarded

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. You can view the schemes and projects approved on the links below:

Items of Combined Authority Expenditure over £250

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.  Payments

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.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions

The Forward Plan of Key Decisions is a list of decisions that are scheduled to be made by Sheffield City Region Combined Authority within the next month. These can include decisions with a financial implication such as the funding of major projects in the Sheffield City Region or decisions which may impact on two or more local authority areas.

The plan contains information on the decision to be made (this could be a project or strategy), the date the decision will be taken, the lead officer’s contact details and how to obtain a copy of the relevant reports (subject to confidentiality or restrictions on disclosure).

We update and publish the plan each month, allowing you the opportunity to comment on the decisions to be made before they are discussed by the Combined Authority Board. You can view the Forward Plan of Key Decisions on the links below:

Contracts register

We are committed to publishing details of all contracts and agreements in place. This information can be found by following the link. Contract Register

Our Performance

In this section you can find information on how we are performing as an organisation and the progress we are making in delivering the objectives and priorities outlined in our Strategic Plans . You can view copies of our financial accounts, audit reports and written statements and reports on our activities and performance.

Annual Statement of Accounts

All finalised capital and revenue expenditure and income for the Sheffield City Region is detailed in the Annual Statement of Accounts. You can view the Annual Statement of Accounts for the most recent financial year on the link below: Annual Statement of Accounts 2016-17

You can also download the Annual Statement of Accounts for previous financial years on these links:

Our revenue and capital budgets for the current financial year can be found in Our Expenditure  

Annual Governance Statement

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.

The statement is produced each year following a review of the Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership’s governance arrangements. It includes an Action Plan which outlines how any significant governance issues will be addressed.

The Annual Governance Statement can be downloaded below: Annual Governance Statement 2016-17

Annual Report from Section 151 Officer

All Local Enterprise Partnerships are assessed by Government each year to monitor their performance, and ensure that they are fulfilling their obligations in being open and transparent and spending public funding responsibly.

The assessment consists of a written report detailing the activities and progress made by the LEP over the year and a formal meeting with central Government departments.

The written report includes a statement from the Section 151 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.  You can view the written annual statement from the Sheffield City Region’s Section 151 Officer on this link: Annual Governance Statement 2016-17

External Audit

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. You can view the most recent external audit report and accompanying letter on the links below:

You can also download the external audit reports for previous financial years on these links:

Internal Audit

The Sheffield City Region’s Audit Committee monitors the operations of the organisation on a day-to-day basis. The Audit Committee ensures that the organisation is fulfilling its legal obligations, has robust control measures in place and is managing risk effectively.  You can view the members of the Audit Committee here and download meeting papers for the Audit Committee here

Overview and Scrutiny Reports and Recommendations

The Sheffield City Region Overview and Scrutiny Committee holds the Combined Authority and LEP to account, and ensures that decisions made are transparent, inclusive and fair. It is also responsible for checking that the Combined Authority and LEP is delivering its objectives.

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee can, at their discretion, produce reports and make recommendations for change or improvements.  Reports and recommendations from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will appear here if and when they are produced.

You can view the members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee here and download meetings papers for the Overview and Scrutiny Committee here

Our Strategic Plan

In this section you can view copies of our strategies and plans – key documents which explain what our objectives and priorities are, and how they will be delivered. These documents include the Sheffield City Region Economic Plan and Transport Strategy. You can also view information on how these documents are refreshed and consulted on.

Strategic Economic Plan (SEP)

The Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) explains how we will transform the local economy over the next decade. It identifies ambitious targets for creating new jobs and supporting businesses to start-up, thrive and grow, and outlines how these targets will be delivered.

The SEP is built on a strong evidence base and is the result of widespread consultation with business representatives and local industry leaders. Our Local Enterprise Partnership Board is instrumental in developing this plan and then making sure that the objectives set out within it are delivered.

Our current SEP covers the period 2015 to 2025 and aims to create 70,000 new jobs in the private sector and support 6,000 businesses to start-up. So far, 37,000 new jobs have been created against the target with 16,000 of these being a direct result of Sheffield City Region funded activity.  4,700 businesses have received support through our Growth Hub and approximately £318 million of private sector investment has been leveraged.

You can download a copy of the Strategic Economic Plan 2015-2025 below:Strategic Economic Plan 2015-2025

Transport Strategy

The Sheffield City Region (SCR) Transport Strategy sets out the transport priorities for the City Region.

The Transport Act and Local Transport Act 2008 place a statutory obligation on the Combined Authority to produce a Local Transport Plan.  The SCR Transport Strategy forms part of our Local Transport Plan, and is adopted by the SCR Combined Authority as the Local Transport Body for South Yorkshire.

In 2011 we published the SCR Transport Strategy 2011 – 2026.   On 30 January 2017, the Combined Authority Board agreed to refresh the SCR Transport Strategy to reflect the Combined Authority’s responsibilities on transport, and ensure that our strategy is aligned with national and sub-national transport priorities such as Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2.

Throughout 2017 we compiled the evidence base for the refreshed Transport Strategy using data from different modes of transport. We also scoped out the emerging priorities, goals and policies for transport with local authority partners and stakeholder organisations to draft the revised strategy.

The draft SCR Transport Strategy 2018 – 2040 is currently out for public consultation. You can view and comment on the draft strategy in the ‘Current Public Consultations’ below.

As an interim measure, we published the SCR Transport Prospectus in May 2017 to outline the known strategic transport priorities for the Sheffield City Region. The prospectus sets out our ambitions to build a thriving, super-connected and successful economy. It also identifies key national and pan-Northern initiatives with Transport for the North, HS2 and Highways England and prioritise Sheffield City Region schemes.

The Sheffield City Region Transport Prospectus can be downloaded below:SCR Transport Prospectus – May 2017 

 Integrated Infrastructure Plan (IIP)

The Sheffield City Region Integrated Infrastructure Plan (SCR IIP) is our plan for making sure that we secure public and private investment for major infrastructure improvement schemes in the City Region.

Our Strategic Economic Plan sets out an ambitious programme of economic growth. Facilitating this growth will require up to £28bn. The SCR IIP is ambitious but it will create a foundation for decades of future development; from transport network improvements, to land and property development including commercial space for businesses and housing.  The plan also considers investment needed in our waste, energy, flood alleviation and digital infrastructure.

The plan identifies individual schemes such as Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District and outlines the level of funding required to deliver the schemes as a signal of our intent to attract public and private investment.

You can download the SCR IIP on the links below:

Current Public Consultations

When we revise or develop a new strategic document or programme, we may undertake a consultation exercise to obtain views and comments from members of the public.  Details of all current public consultations will appear here as and when necessary.

Sheffield City Region Transport Strategy

Start Date: 8 January 2018
End Date: 2 April 2018

The draft Sheffield City Region (SCR) Transport Strategy sets out the transport priorities for our City Region up to 2040. Once finalised, the strategy will form part of our Local Transport Plan and will be adopted by the SCR Combined Authority as the Local Transport Body for South Yorkshire.

The draft Transport Strategy will update and supersede the policies and measures of our previous Transport Strategy, published in 2011. It aims to boost economic growth by ensuring everyone can get to work easily, that streets are safe and healthy, the quality of the outdoors is improved, and that innovations in transport technologies are adopted throughout the lifetime of the Strategy.

You can view our short animation video on the draft Transport Strategy here https://youtu.be/odeGaNMe7yo

We are inviting comments on the Draft Transport Strategy from 8th January 2018 for a period of 12 weeks, as part of a formal public consultation exercise.

Draft Sheffield City Region Transport Strategy Documents:

You can download a copy of the draft Sheffield City Region Transport Strategy and the Integrated Assessment Environmental Report on the links below:

How to Respond to the Consultation:

For further information, or to request a paper copy of the survey form, please contact us at:

SCR Transport Strategy
11 Broad Street West
Sheffield
S1 2BQ
Email: TransportStrategy@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk
Phone: 0114 220 3400

Our Funding

Sheffield City Region works to bring investment to the region into a single pot which will support economic growth and job creation. This is helping us to build a truly competitive centre of business excellence.

We use devolved Government funding and resources from the European Union to make the SCR a more attractive place to invest and grow business.

This funding supports a set of specific priorities, including infrastructure spending, funding to develop our training facilities, funding for businesses to grow, provision of a single point of contact for business support, skills support and incentives to employers to recruit apprentices as well as resources to unlock commercial developments across the city region and on our world class Enterprise Zones.

The majority of our funding comes from central Government. We also have influence over European Funding allocated to the Sheffield City Region and secure private sector investment.  This money enables us to fund projects and initiatives that will deliver the objectives and priorities outlined in our strategic plans; making our City Region a more attractive place to invest and grow business.

In this section you can find information on our devolved funding, our Local Growth Fund and European funding sources.

Devolved Funding

We are working to secure local control over a range of national funds through two Devolution Deals with Government.  Our Devolution Deals were agreed in December 2014 and October 2015 and they will transfer £1 billion of Government funding and some powers to the Sheffield City Region.

Once implemented we will have control over the adult skills funding for students aged 19 years and above at further education colleges and training providers. We also have some freedoms and flexibility on infrastructure projects, to enable us to try and do things differently. Our full devolution agreement can be viewed on the link below:

SCR-Devolution-Deal Sheffield City Region Devolution Agreement 2015

We firmly believe that it is only through locally developed solutions that we can genuinely transform our economy into one that drives national economic growth. Much has been achieved to date, and we are committed to continuing to secure the powers and resources from central Government to enable us to go further. The next step in the devolution process will be the election of a new metro Mayor for the Sheffield City Region in May 2018.

Local Growth Fund

Sheffield City Region has negotiated a series of Growth Deals with Government to deliver our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). The Sheffield City Region LEP has been awarded £360 million through these Growth Deals and this money forms part of the Local Growth Fund.

The Local Growth Fund supports projects that deliver the strategic priorities outlined in the SEP. Every project that secures money through the Local Growth Fund is assessed and rigorously scrutinised to ensure that the project fits with our strategic aims, that it offers value for money and will contribute to our SEP targets. Projects funded through the Local Growth Fund are formally approved by the Combined Authority.

Projects and programmes within the Local Growth Fund include:

Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Programme – between 2015 and 2021 we are investing £1 billion in infrastructure development. This includes redeveloping vacant land and property into new commercial and retail premises, building new link roads such as the Great Yorkshire Way in Doncaster, installing the Superfast South Yorkshire Broadband network and projects which will build new homes.

Enterprise Zone Accelerator Fund – we are unlocking commercial space at 10 business park developments located near junctions 31 to 36 of the M1 and at Doncaster Sheffield Airport. To encourage businesses to locate to these Enterprise Zones and create local job opportunities, we are offering incentives such as 100% Enhanced Capital Allowances, Business Rate Relief and superfast broadband.

Business Investment Fund – this is a £52 million fund which growing businesses can access in order to plug finance gaps which can’t be met through traditional finance sources.

Growth Hub – a single access point where business owners can obtain advice and support on starting-up, running and growing their business. Support available through the Growth Hub includes assistance with skills and training, innovation and exporting and advice on financing a business.

Skills Bank – a demonstrator project which empowers employers to choose the training and skills support they need for their workforce. Employers can also access funding through Skills Bank to cover up to 70% of the cost of training.

Skills Capital Fund – we are investing in the development of state-of-the-art training facilities and equipment across the Sheffield City Region

Sustainable Transport Exemplar Programme – this is a programme of projects which promote the use of public transport and encourage people to travel using sustainable and active modes such as cycling and walking

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.

ESIF funding can support projects under three themes:

Business Growth – support start-up, existing and relocating businesses in the Sheffield City Region to grow, including accessing finance, developing new products and processes and expanding into other domestic and overseas markets

Skills and Labour Mobility – develop the skills and qualifications of City Region residents and support people in accessing employment opportunities

Infrastructure
– improve and enhance transport, housing and digital infrastructure

The ESIF programme can also support activity which addresses these cross-cutting themes:

  • Green Economy – promote sustainable development and resource efficiency, including the development of alternative or renewable technology
  • Inclusive economy – tackle discrimination and social exclusion and improve access to skills and employment opportunities
  • Rural economy – improve access to services and employment for businesses and residents in rural areas and support the development of tourism and leisure opportunities

You can download a copy of our ESIF Plan on the link below: Sheffield City Region ESIF Plan 2014-2020 – February 2016

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.

This call is looking specifically to promote:

  • The production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises
  • Low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures.
  • Research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies
  • Investment to address specific risks, ensuring disaster resilience and developing disaster management systems

You can download the full Call Specification below: ESIF Call – SCR SUDs – Oct 2017

For more information, and to make an application, please click the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/sustainable-urban-development-low-carbon-and-climate-change-call-in-sheffield-city-region-oc28r17s-0631

JESSICA Fund – Debt Finance

Our JESSICA fund provides debt finance for commercial property and regeneration projects in the Sheffield City Region at commercial rates.

The fund is a capital investment programme of £600 million, utilising monies from the European Commission, European Investment Bank, Sheffield City Region and private sector. JESSICA has provided gap and debt funding for schemes that have struggled to access finance, enabling the schemes to be delivered.

Since its launch in 2013 the fund has enabled 500,000 square feet of employment space to be developed for nearly 2,500 jobs.

For further information, or to apply for our JESSICA Fund, follow this link http://www.scrjessica.co.uk/

Housing Fund

In September 2017 we launched our £8 million Housing Fund pilot scheme to help private housing developers and housing associations build more homes in the Sheffield City Region.

Although we are building houses faster than at any point in the last five years, we still need to do more to meet our ambitious housing target of 70,000 new homes by 2024. The purpose of the regional Housing Fund was to accelerate the pace of house-building by helping unlock sites for development that were stalling because of gaps in funding.

Expressions of Interest for the £8 million fund closed on 15 November 2017. You can view a copy of our Housing Fund Prospectus here:
Housing Fund Prospectus 2017

MEETINGS OF THE PARTNERSHIP

The Local Enterprise Partnership and Combined Authority meet on six weekly cycles.
To see agendas and papers for these meetings follow the link below.