Cllr Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “If the government is serious about rebalancing the economy to create growth across the country, instead of concentrating it in London and the South East, they need to put the substance behind their rhetoric. It is time to give Sheffield the investment that is needed to drive economic growth. Sheffield City Region is leading the way in advanced manufacturing and technology. Now we need the investment in infrastructure and the growth sectors that will be essential to build on these strengths and create the high skill, high wage economy we want in our region. This should be the focus of any devolution deal.

“This is about more jobs, better jobs, and building a thriving economy for the people of Sheffield, now and for generations to come. It is clear that the government are determined to impose mayors as part of this process, and throughout the negotiations we have kept all options on the table. But the government need to demonstrate that they are willing to put greater investment, and local control over the programmes we need to deliver results, in return.”