Mayor of the Sheffield City Region

South Yorkshire political leaders agree devolution deal

Political leaders have agreed to move forward with a South Yorkshire devolution deal more than four years after the deal was initially announced.

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In a statement the leaders of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield councils together with Sheffield City Region Mayor, Dan Jarvis, announced the deal had been agreed and would be put to public consultation later this year.

Under the original deal struck in October 2015 the Sheffield City Region deal would grant a directly elected mayor power over transport, strategic planning and skills, as well as £900m over 30 years.

Efforts to secure an agreement have been dogged by a rival plan for a pan-Yorkshire agreement, but, today's announcement suggests the South Yorkshire deal will now come to fruition, almost two years after Mr Jarvis was elected mayor.

Mr Jarvis and the four council leaders said: "This represents a significant step forward in securing additional powers and resources for our region.”

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Transport investment needed as northern services decline

Northern mayors and council leaders want more investment in transport after figures showed train services have got worse, despite the push of a Northern Powerhouse.

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Cities like Leeds, Sheffield and Hull were encouraged to work together both in rivalling London and the South East and to "take on the world", with more jobs and opportunities.

But five years on, doubt has been cast on just how successful the project has been, with transport being one key area that officials want to improve.

The number of cancelled and significantly late trains on TransPennine Express and Northern franchises more than doubled from 20,000 in 2014-15 to 47,000 in 2018-19. It meant that almost one in every 20 services was either cancelled or more than 30 minutes late arriving at its destination.

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Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis, said the government should see the north as "an asset, not a liability" and said Westminster had "let the north down".

Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: "The northern authorities are working much more closely together and that's a real benefit.

"The real difficulty we have is that (transport) schemes are delayed and there's a real lack of commitment to rebalancing the economy."

£55k Sheffield City Region job advert defended

Sheffield City Region has defended a job advert for someone to run mayor Dan Jarvis' office for just over £55,000 a year, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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The combined authority, which covers Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley, is looking for a "proactive, credible and authoritative voice on behalf of the mayor to edit, comment, decide and approve communications".

The successful candidate will also be in charge of "considerable" financial budgets and be a key adviser to the mayor.

Dave Smith, managing director of Sheffield City Region, said it's an important role which needs to have strong candidates.

"This role will provide the mayor, Dan Jarvis with the right level of support to deliver on his manifesto commitments to residents across the whole region."

The authority is also looking for a £37,000 a year communications officer to mainly write speeches, handle media requests, run social media channels and write press releases.