The region’s four council bosses agreed to proceed with the public consultation on South Yorkshire’s devolution - an interim measure according to Barnsley Council leader Sir Steve Houghton - which could eventually lead to the town defecting to a Yorkshire-wide devolution in the future.
He said: “Getting the right devolution deal for the people of Barnsley has always been our priority.
“In 2017, our residents and businesses voted in favour of wider Yorkshire devolution deal and we’re still very much pursuing this.
“The government have confirmed that they will work with Yorkshire councils to establish a committee on the basis that the South Yorkshire devolution deal is brought to a positive conclusion.
“We plan to continue to be part of the South Yorkshire devolution deal on an interim basis. I encourage everyone to take part in this consultation, which will help us to unlock significant opportunities and investment for Barnsley, and South Yorkshire.”
The consultation - which started on Monday - ends on March 15. To take part in the consultation, visit sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/devolution.