Devolution Deal For Sheffield City Region

Sheffield Joins Manchester In Central Government Power Shift


David Shirt, Press Officer | 0161 838 3094

Sheffield City Region has today agreed a devolution deal with the government which will see a transfer of powers away from Whitehall to the local authority and business leaders. 

The deal, which follows a similar announcement in Greater Manchester last month, is designed to give local leaders more influence over how funds are used and will amongst other things give Sheffield City Region the opportunity to work with ministers to develop a "trailblazer" Growth Hub for business support.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "It's a historic moment for the great city of Sheffield, and I'm pleased to be bringing more power to the people of Sheffield today, after I've pushed for greater devolution to the North through my Northern Futures programme for so long.

"Today's deal will give council leaders clout to push forward local plans that strengthen the economy and the running of the city themselves, without waiting for Whitehall.

"Putting the people of Sheffield in control of our cities destiny will ensure local plans are in line with what local people want. From transforming travel across the city, to improving access to skills training, the deal will mean changes in the city are shaped by those who live there."

Expert Opinion
This is a positive move by Sheffield and one that could have a significant impact on the future prosperity of the City as well as the Northern region as a whole. The city has been pushing for devolution for some time and now that it has more power over areas such as housing and transport, it has to make sure it delivers for the people and businesses that are based here. It is also vital that the city region looks to work closely with others. If not, the benefits of the Northern Powerhouse and the significant investments that are due to be made, will not be realised.”
Paul Firth, Partner