Barnsley approves Sheffield City Region devolution deal

Barnsley Council is the first local authority to approve proposals for the Sheffield City Region devolution deal.

Barnsley formally ratified the proposal with full council support, following consideration of the feedback from a City Region wide consultation.

For the devolution to go ahead the deal needs to be approved by all local councils within the Sheffield City Region, which includes Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Steve Houghton, leader of Barnsley Council, said: “The feedback from the consultation shows that people want stronger local control on decision making for the region. This is something that I believe is crucial in creating a brighter future and a better Barnsley.

“The deal will bring welcome investment into our borough; expanding our business parks and giving them the infrastructure they need to thrive; boosting our post 16 education and training offer helping to widen the opportunities for traineeships and apprenticeships, building skills from within the borough; supporting our residents to become homeowners by building more affordable homes; supporting our businesses to become more productive, widening their customer base making them more profitable and resilient for the future.”

Nigel Knowles, chair of Sheffield City Region LEP, added: “I welcome Barnsley Council supporting the Sheffield City Region Devolution deal. This deal will enable local leaders from the public and private sector to deliver our Growth Plan which will mean a stronger economy and more and better jobs for people in Sheffield City Region."

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