Since being elected I have worked to establish the Sheffield City Region as a Mayoral Combined Authority, implement the manifesto on which I was elected, and reach a consensus on how to advance devolution both in the Sheffield City Region and across Yorkshire.
I want to see powers agreed and funding released so that we can drive our economy forward and improve the lives of our residents. It is deeply frustrating that we have not secured more progress on this matter.
The implementation of the Sheffield City Region devolution deal requires agreement from every local authority in South Yorkshire, the Government and from me as Mayor. I have encouraged all the local authority leaders to engage in a constructive dialogue, and I am in ongoing discussions with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government over how best to advance this process.
Yesterday, I had a productive meeting with the Secretary of State and the Northern Powerhouse Minister, and was pleased to hear the level of consideration the Government are giving to both the One Yorkshire deal and advancing devolution in the Sheffield City Region.
I will now discuss the next steps with local authority leaders, and as a matter of urgency, write to the Secretary of State outlining a proposed way forward.