Sheffield Town Hall

Sheffield electorate vote to change council’s governance model

The electorate of Sheffield have voted for a new committee model in the council’s governance referendum that took place on Thursday 6 May.

The legally binding referendum changes the way the council runs, from the current leader and cabinet model, to a committee system made up of elected councillors.

Of the 140,186 votes cast, 89,670 (65%) voted for the change to the committee model, while 48,727 (35%) voted to retain the status quo.

Commenting, Sheffield City Council Chief Executive, Kate Josephs said: “The governance referendum has given the people of Sheffield the opportunity to have their say on how they would like their local council to be administered and they have voted for a new committee system.

“This last year has presented unparalleled challenges for all of us and although we continue to navigate through the uncertainties Covid-19 has brought, we are ready to work hard to get this change in motion.

“The new constitution will be implemented at the annual general meeting of the council in May 2022.

“It will mean that the current leadership model will be replaced by a politically proportionate committee system with thematic areas of decision-making responsibilities.

“Individual councillors are not allowed to make decisions, all decisions have to be considered at a meeting of a committee.

“We will embrace this new way of working and make sure that we continue to serve and support the people of Sheffield, empower communities to have their say on what’s important to them and shape the future of our city together.

"We will now begin the necessary work to implement the changes and I look forward to seeing all that we can achieve together throughout this next phase.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of staff and volunteers who delivered these elections in Sheffield in extremely challenging circumstances.”

This will be Sheffield City Council’s governance structure for the foreseeable future, as another referendum on the subject cannot be held for the next nine years.

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