Barnsley residents will get the chance to have their say about the devolution deal next Wednesday 27 July from 9.30am to 4pm at the Better Barnsley Shop.
People are invited to come along and take the survey, which will give them the chance to share their views about how new powers to be given to the Sheffield City Region (SCR) should be used.
Sheffield City Region ‘which brings together nine local authority areas in South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire, including Barnsley ‘is set to receive an additional £1.3 billion under a new deal to devolve greater responsibility and control over decisions which are currently taken by central government.
The City Region would have new powers and funding to improve transport, infrastructure, skills, housing and other drivers of business and economic growth. The powers would be exercised by locally elected council leaders and a directly-elected City Region Mayor.
Councillor Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council and Chair of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, said: “I would urge everyone to take part in the consultation and attend the event next week. This consultation is really important. The devolution deal will allow us to make our own decisions around investment in skills, transport and infrastructure. We will have more freedom to make the decisions that could directly benefit the people of Barnsley, and contribute to our economic regeneration.
“The proposals we have negotiated are about drawing down powers and funding from central government, so that we can make more decisions about what’s happening in Barnsley and across the Sheffield City Region. This is a great opportunity for us, it could empower our communities.
“Please take the opportunity to share your views about what devolution means to you. Come to the event and find out more, and if you can’t make it you can complete the survey online.”
The consultation launched on 1 July and runs until Friday 12 August.