Mayor’s statement on Independent Remuneration Panel report

//Mayor’s statement on Independent Remuneration Panel report

Published 15th January 2021 at 5:38pm

Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, will use his salary for the role to help charities, good causes and to support his work as Mayor.

Since the election in May 2018, the post has been unpaid and could not be salaried until the completion of the devolution deal.

After the deal was written into law in July 2020, the Mayor and Mayoral Combined Authority could use its new devolved powers and resources. An Independent Remuneration Panel was established to recommend a salary for the role.

The Panel’s report will be considered by the Mayoral Combined Authority at their meeting on January 25.

The Mayor, who also serves as MP for Barnsley Central, has confirmed he will not take the salary as promised in his election manifesto.

Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, said:

“It is my great privilege to serve the people of South Yorkshire as Mayor and I have done so unpaid since I was elected in 2018. During that time, I have worked relentlessly to complete the devolution deal, secure significant investment for our people, businesses and places and represent our region through the most challenging of circumstances.

“If the MCA approves the Independent Panel’s recommendation, I will continue to serve unpaid. When our people and businesses are facing an incredibly challenging time, this is undoubtedly the right thing to do.

“I will use the salary to support those organisations who have helped hold our communities together during the pandemic, and those that make a valuable contribution to our lives in South Yorkshire.

“I will continue to serve as an MP, which allows me to represent South Yorkshire’s interests in Parliament, directly to Government Ministers. The arrangement has never prevented me from doing both roles effectively. I care deeply about South Yorkshire and I will continue to work tirelessly to build a stronger, greener, fairer future for our region.”