Council relief over Mayor referendum

SHEFFIELD City Council is relieved that the Government will pay the £245,000 for staging a referendum next May on the principle of an elected mayor.

It means the bill will not fall on local taxpayers and follows pressure from Liberal Democrat councillors.

Leader Coun Shaffaq Mohammed said: “We have been using all our contacts and influence in Westminster to try and ensure the Government see our way on this issue.

“I’m delighted that our work has paid off and local taxpayers won’t be left with the bill for the referendum. As it’s Eric Pickles and not local politicians in Sheffield who want this referendum, it’s only fair that the Government pay for it.

If the vote supports an elected mayor, elections will be held the next year.