CHEAPER transport costs and job-seeking support for young people is at the hear of an £860 million “new deal” backed this week by regional leaders.
The Advertiser reported last week how the package, which will involve borrowing £500 million, aimed to boost the economy, transport, infrastructure, jobs and skills.
It was formally backed on Monday by the Mayoral Combined Authority.
One of the terms is a South Yorkshire Young People’s Pledge - a promise to help the region’s young people get around with discounted bus and tram fares and to give them support to improve their skills and find work.
City region mayor Dan Jarvis (pictured) said: “Our plan sends a message of ambition and confidence: that South Yorkshire’s best days lie ahead of us, and that we’re making our region an even better place to live, work and invest.
“Rather than Westminster calling the shots, it means local leaders and I can deliver on the priorities that matter to people in South Yorkshire and improve people’s lives.”
Rotherham Council leader Cllr Chris Read said the funding would protect the regional economy from the worst impact of the pandemic, especially by supporting jobseekers, particularly young people looking for their first job.”
“I am delighted that we have agreed this comprehensive package which will contribute towards new and existing schemes, including town centre regeneration, flood defences, job creation and transport – demonstrating how the South Yorkshire devolution deal can deliver practical benefits to Rotherham residents,” he said.