The Chancellor today signed a deal with civic leaders from South Yorkshire that will see it vote for a new, directly-elected Mayor, in what is the most fundamental shake-up of local government for a generation.
Sheffield is forging ahead in the Northern Powerhouse, which this historic deal proves is taking shape. This deal has the power to change the shape of local government in the region in a way that would have been unthinkable even just a few years ago. For local people, it will mean the decisions that affect them being taken locally.
Manchester is not a one-off – far from it. In becoming the second great northern city to sign up to managing its own affairs with this ambitious agreement, Sheffield City Region is playing a vital part in helping to build the Northern Powerhouse.
The North East cannot be left behind. We need to embrace the change and sign up to a Mayor, new powers and proper devolution. More details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-34414584