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Devolution deal on the cards

Friday December 4 2015

Steve Houghton Steve Houghton

A DEVOLUTION deal that could bring an extra £900 million into the area is being considered.

The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority - which includes Barnsley - is working on a deal with the government that would give it more power to make important economic decisions locally.

Sir Steve Houghton said: “We know that business growth and better job opportunities are issues that people really care about and that’s why we’re encouraging as many people as possible to take part.

"This deal is ultimately based on our belief that decisions that impact on local people will be better made by local leaders, who live and work locally, rather than by civil servants and Ministers in London.”

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Reply Posted by steve on Saturday December 5 2015 at 09:35
Let me translate political jargon to plain English
More Power=More Responsibility
More Responsibility =Bigger Salary
Let me translate political jargon to plain Yorkshire
A bigger tough will be needed for the farm

Bet Houghton and his cronies who now sit unelected by the people on the South Yorkshire Combined Authority,or as their call it Sheffield City Region Combined Authority can't wait for the bigger pay and pension pots which will follow

Reply Posted by Lola on Saturday December 5 2015 at 16:36
Bet you are rubbing your hands together Steve...you are....i know:(

Reply Posted by steve on Saturday December 5 2015 at 20:03
My wife and I always have to at this time of year ..,to keep warm

Reply Posted by st on Sunday December 6 2015 at 18:55
NO,, quick quid on the long tearm we need gov funding,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,actually its only our money back,,

Reply Posted by Steven James on Monday December 7 2015 at 10:49
Hmmm why does this fill me with dread?

£900 Million is not a lot of money in the scheme of things.

More money for the Labour clowns to squander on ill fated projects me thinks.

Reply Posted by Ray on Monday December 7 2015 at 11:57
More money to mismanage. 900 Million is 10 Digital region projects.

Reply Posted by sheila on Tuesday December 8 2015 at 15:10
we're screwed then well and truley coz they will give them sen's a nice big wage

Reply Posted by Jen on Tuesday December 8 2015 at 15:19
Bigger salaries for those that don't know what a days hard graft is. Pen pushing blokes sat on their arses all day moaning they need to try a 12 hour day of physical labour where they actually dirty their hands for once. Financial services is a diabolical shambles where half of the staff have been got rid of yet they're paying the remaining staff overtime for Saturday's to try to clear some of the horrendous backlogs. Thought the idea was to have generic jobs where skills could be moved around different areas oh no it hasn't worked out that way has it. Hadn't thought that by getting rid of all that experience and knowledge there'd be nobody left to train others how to do it.

Reply Posted by Ray on Tuesday December 8 2015 at 16:52
Diana terris paid her self 181,000 of your pounds last year whilst arranging to cut staff numbers - Steve Houghton Nonchalantly dismissed this as "the going rate" when asked about this in July. The thing is it isn't the going rate it's the rate of an organisation where the top tier of management have orchestrated it so they decide upon the salary they will shamelessly receive. Mp's have nothing on these people. They raised their salaries by 100% in 10 years and still despite public sector pay freezes continue to increase their salaries.

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Friday December 11 2015 at 15:20
I do still live in a democracy don't I? When the local councillors where voted in was this on the table? If we can have a referendum on the EU then why not on this massive change in local government and funding!