Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said:
“The Chancellor is right to take action on jobs and businesses facing a cliff edge at the end of furlough. However, today’s announcement only offered temporary respite for existing jobs and businesses at risk, and there was nothing to support industries who remain closed thanks to COVID.
“What we need to see is a long-term plan for renewal, investing in regions like South Yorkshire and unleash our potential and create a new generation of jobs and prosperity. We need the Chancellor to support the renewal of our economy, not just its rescue. That means backing our ambitious and wide-ranging Renewal Action Plan in the Comprehensive Spending Review.
“The Chancellor shouldn’t risk trying to drive the recovery from Westminster, when we know mayors and regional leaders are best placed to deliver a jobs-led recovery and level up the economy. That means giving us the resources and powers needed to get on with the job and build a stronger, greener and fairer South Yorkshire.”