Green light for South Yorkshire devolution deal

Local Government James Brokenshire has told the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority that a devolution deal for the region can go ahead.

Brokenshire wrote to Mayor Dan Jarvis and the four leaders of Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster councils to accept their latest proposal, after the county's political leaders reached a consensus on its stalled devolution deal earlier this year, after nearly four years, and offered up a new proposal.

The Sheffield City Region term will run until 2022. The original deal meant £30 million government cash a year for Sheffield City Region for the next 30 years, or while it is in existence. As part of the new agreement, any council wishing to leave the Sheffield City Region after 2022 and join a wider Yorkshire deal is free to do so.