Employment Schemes: Sheffield City Region - Question to Department for Work and Pensions

Jared has asked the following question 'To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for how long he expects the Sheffield City Region's Early Integrated Employment Support pilot to be paused.'

This was asked on 21/11/2017

Damian Hinds responded with 'Following developments within the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, in particular some constituent members signalling that they no longer support the deal, the Government believes that the most sensible approach is to pause our work on the innovation pilot. This, we hope, will give further time for local issues to be considered and resolved, giving greater clarity on the future of the partnership and the extent of continuing local support for the pilot from all constituent members of the Combined Authority.

Despite taking the decision to pause this work, the Government remains fully committed to the Sheffield City Region devolution deal. Our main ambition is to work collaboratively to realise all elements of the devolution deal and to deliver the innovation pilot as soon as possible, once all partners have been able to recommit to the agreement.

We will keep this situation under close review with the hope that work on the innovation pilot can continue at the earliest viable opportunity.'

This was received on 18/12/2017

Jacob Millen-Bamford