Sheffield City Region

Sheffield City Region will elect its first metro mayor in May 2018. Once in place, the metro mayor will have control over the whole Sheffield City Region combined authority area. They will work with existing city leaders to take forward their strategic plan. You can find out more about the new metro mayors on our FAQ page.

The economic and political outlook for Sheffield City Region’s new metro mayor

How does Sheffield City Region perform in terms of jobs and productivity? What do local people want from the new metro mayor?

Sheffield City Region elected its first metro mayor, Dan Jarvis, in May 2018. This briefing brings together the key facts about the city-region’s economy. It asks what local residents see as the top priorities for the new metro mayor. It also asks what previous elections tell us about voting patterns in the area.

The economic data for Sheffield City Region

Sheffield City Region consists of the following local authorities: Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Understanding how the city-region performs on key areas such as productivity and employment will help the new metro mayor to assess what they should prioritise. The table below shows how Sheffield City Region compares to the UK average.

 

Source: All data is publicly available. For full source details contact Centre for Cities. Averages displayed are either UK or GB depending on data available.

The policy priorities for the Sheffield City Region metro mayor

We outlined three priorities that the Sheffield City Region metro mayor should focus on. Read them in full here or summarised below:

Policy priority 1: tackle dangerous air quality to improve the health of residents

Read more about this priority here.

Policy priority 2: develop a spatial plan that sets out the roles of different parts of the city region

Read more about this priority here.

Policy priority 3: address skills deficits

Read more about this priority here.

What powers will the Sheffield City Region metro mayor have?

Below is a summary of the powers the new Sheffield City Region metro mayor will have, subject to public consultation and Secretary of State order.

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What the voters say about the new metro mayor

In May 2016 Centre for Cities commissioned ComRes polling to find out what issues the residents of Sheffield City Region think should be top priority for their new metro mayor, based on the powers they will enjoy as well as wider priorities. We also asked whether or not they wanted to see more powers handed down to the metro mayor. Below are some of the main findings.

Local priorities

Three in 10 (30 per cent) adults in Sheffield City Region think that health care provision should be the most important priority for local politicians. Of the policy areas within the metro mayor’s remit, housing (12 per cent) and business support (8 per cent) are a higher priority than transport (3 per cent) or adult skills (2 per cent).

Which, if any, of the following issues do you think should be the most important priority for politicians in your city at the moment?

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Source: ComRes. Average first preference of adults across Sheffield City Region (n=504)

When minds are focused on the specific powers that the new metro mayor will have, affordable housing and creating a strategic plan for major developments and infrustructure were seen as top priorities (both 22 per cent).

Of the powers that the new metro mayor will have, which of the following issues, if any, do you think should be her/his top priority in their first 100 days?

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Source: ComRes. Average first preference of adults across Sheffield City Region (n=504)

The metro mayor’s powers

More than half of adults in the Sheffield City Region (56 per cent) agree that the new metro mayor should have greater powers than local council leaders, while a quarter (24 per cent) disagree.

To what extent, if at all, do you agree or disagree that the new metro mayor should have greater powers than local council leaders?

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Source: ComRes. All adults in Sheffield City Region (n=504). Percentages are rounded.

Awareness of the metro mayor

Only three in ten adults in the Sheffield City Region (31 per cent) say they were familiar with the plans to introduce a new metro mayor for the city region, while two thirds (67 per cent) say they were unfamiliar.

To what extent, if at all, were you previously familiar or unfamiliar with the plans to introduce a new metro mayor for the city-region?

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Source: ComRes. All adults in Sheffield City Region (n=504).

What is the political landscape in Sheffield City Region?

Our analysis of voting patterns in the June 2017 General Election shows that Labour has a strong chance of winning across the city region, leading by over 27 per cent over the Conservatives.

Who were the candidates for the Sheffield City Region Metro Mayor?

Labour’s Dan Jarvis won the mayoralty with 55% of second preference votes. Ian Walker, Conservatives, came second with 19% after second preferences. Hannah Kitching then followed for the Liberal Democrats with 10% of first preferences, Mick Bower for the Yorkshire Party came 4th with 9% of votes. Rob Murphy, Greens took 8%, David Allen, English Democrat took 6% and Naveen Judah, South Yorkshire Save our NHS Party took 4% of the vote.

Getting ready for the Sheffield City Region metro mayor

This page provides some of the key economic data for Sheffield City Region as well as voter polling. We will continue to provide analysis on all the city-regions with a metro mayor, the candidate campaigns and the policy emerging from Westminster.

Make sure you are up to date on the policies and powers affecting the metro mayors by reading our metro mayors FAQ.

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