THE MAYOR'S ROLE
What does the Mayor do?
The Mayor is a major figure in the political life of the area. They act as an ambassador for the area; promoting it as a place to live, work, visit and invest in.
The Mayor is Chair of the Mayoral Combined Authority and a member of the South Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
The Mayor and the other Leaders of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority work with the LEP, central government and other organisations in pursuing shared goals and delivering key strategic plans.
The Mayor has certain public transport powers relating to how buses may operate in the future.
The Mayoral Combined Authority has now agreed to move forward with the South Yorkshire Devolution Deal. The Devolution Deal brings with it £30m a year in additional funding for economic growth, as well as power over the adult education budget totalling around £35m each year.
It also means additional powers for the Mayoral Combined Authority, in areas including transport, skills, and housing.
On the advice of an Independent Remuneration Panel, the Combined Authority has agreed to pay an allowance of 79,000 to the Mayor of South Yorkshire (payable from the 28th July 2020). The Mayor has confirmed he will use this to support organisations who have helped hold our communities together during the pandemic, and those that make a valuable contribution to our lives in South Yorkshire.
Does the Mayor make decisions about my council?
No. Your local council provides the services needed and used by their local communities. The Mayor and the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority make decisions that impact on and improve the South Yorkshire region on issues such as public transport, adult skills, infrastructure and economic development.
How is the Mayor held to account?
The Mayor is ultimately held to account by voters through the election process. However, the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committee scrutinises the Mayor and the Mayor’s strategies and activities
How long is the Mayor in office for?
The term for the Mayor is four years. Oliver Coppard was elected for a four-year term in May 2022. The next election will take place in 2026.