DEVOLUTION READERS’ POLL: Is having a directly elected mayor for South Yorkshire a good idea?

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As the Sheffield City Region moves closer to a £900million devolution deal, we want to know if you think the idea of a directly elected mayor for South Yorkshire, whose powers would include transport budgets and planning, is a good idea.

An in-priniciple deal has been struck with Chancellor George Osborne, and if it goes ahead it will see the Sheffield City Region (SCR) become the country’s second ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and will result in national powers and control over funding being transferred from national Government departments to the SCR.

The deal for the Sheffield City Region requires support from each of the nine local councils covered within it which are: Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.

It will also be subject to a programme of consultation and engagement with residents and businesses over the coming months.

As part of the deal a Sheffield City Region Mayor is set to be elected in South Yorkshire for the first time in 2017 by voters across the nine local authority areas.

We want to know if you think having a directly elected mayor is a good idea?

Vote here