Consultation: South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner functions transfer
Jan 31, 2024
The Government’s Levelling Up White Paper published in 2022 outlined a commitment to enable Mayors to take on public safety functions including Police and Crime Commissioners, reiterating the key leadership role that combined authority Mayors have in public safety and improving public health.
In response to this, the MCA Board and the Police and Crime Commissioner all agreed to write to the government to express their ambition for the Mayor to take on these functions. This would bring South Yorkshire in line with arrangements in Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire and provide a single point of accountability. It would also enable us to better align police and crime priorities with our other MCA work around public transport, regeneration, skills and employment and health
The proposed changes are now subject to a public consultation which has been launched by the Home Office. If these changes pass through Parliament, the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire would be abolished in May 2024.
This would mean a Mayoral election would take place on the 2nd May 2024 and people across South Yorkshire would have the opportunity to vote for the candidate they would like to elect for the integrated role of Mayor and Police Crime Commissioner.
To ensure that communities and partners across South Yorkshire have the opportunity to respond, positively or negatively to the proposals, there is a Government consultation, which is currently live.
Contributions can be made online at the link below:
The consultation period will end on 31st January 2024.