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Government moots Sheffield mega-authority

The government has proposed producing a combined authority, merging Sheffield with its nine surrounding councils

Sheffield council could be set to combine with Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, and North East Derbyshire, in a move which the government has said will ‘deliver greater economic growth’.

The authority created would be named the ‘Greater Sheffield strategic growth authority’, and would be responsible for transport, economic development and regeneration.

Local government minister Brandon Lewis said: ‘By encouraging joint working by local authorities across South Yorkshire and more widely, and having all local authority leaders in a room together at one time, decisions can be made quickly. This boosts economic growth and drives forward business success.

‘Looking at strategic decision making in this way recognises that an area’s economy, its roads and its rail don’t stop at a local authority boundary’.

Three further areas in West Yorkshire, the North East, and Merseyside are also looking to establish a similar model.

A combined authority was previously created in Greater Manchester in 2011.

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