The festive break and New Year naturally encourages us to reflect. Dan Jarvis, mayor of the Sheffield City Region shares his thoughts on the achievements of 2018 and looks forward to 2019.
This is an important and exciting time for the Sheffield City Region. Our economy is changing and jobs are being created. However, if we are to achieve our ambitions for a prosperous, co-operative and inclusive society, there remain many challenges that we must overcome and opportunities that we must grasp.
Since becoming mayor, I have worked hard to maximise these opportunities and to deliver the commitments upon which I was elected. Delivering these policies is and will make a real difference to our residents, our economy, and to our towns and city. Detailed below are just some of the highlights from the last eight months, which have been delivered through my work with partners, the Mayoral Combined Authority and by the Local Enterprise Partnership making maximum use of the Local Growth Fund.
Economic growth and prosperity
To secure a prosperous future for all our residents we must build a strong and inclusive economy. To do this, together we have:
Education, skills and a 21st-century workforce
Access to quality jobs and through-life training is vital to both building the economy we need and improving all our living standards. To support our current and future workforce, and develop new opportunities, together we have:
Tackling poverty and inequality
Poverty and inequality are damaging to both individuals and our community as a whole. To tackle these important issues, together we have:
Better regional transport services are essential to grow our economy, improve health and create an inclusive society. To deliver long-term improvements in our transport network and encourage more walking and cycling, together we have:
Housing and the environment
Good homes and a healthy environment are fundamental to a good quality of life. We must build enough new housing to meet the needs of our communities, improve the quality of our existing housing stock, protect our natural environment and tackle the scourge of air pollution. To do this, we have:
Looking ahead to 2019
There is of course much more to do and I am looking forward to building on these successes in 2019.
In line with my commitment to our town centres and the visitor economy, in the New Year, the Mayoral Combined Authority is due to consider awarding up to £10.1m in funding for Barnsley’s Glass Works regeneration scheme and the Parkwood Ski Village in Sheffield. I will also be bringing forward a new regional transport strategy and detailed plans for transport investment through the Transforming Cities Fund, building on my recently published transport vision.
To drive forward my ambitions for a more co-operative community, I will be launching a new Co-operative Advisory Panel. And I will be developing an employers charter to promote good quality jobs with decent pay and opportunities for progression.
I hope you have enjoyed Christmas and that you have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
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