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Mayoral election 2024


On Thursday 2 May 2024, residents of South Yorkshire will be able to vote in an election for the Mayor of South Yorkshire.

People who are registered to vote in local elections for any of the four councils in South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield) are eligible to vote in this election.

In South Yorkshire the functions of the Mayor and those of the elected Police and Crime Commissioner are being brought together into the single role of Mayor of South Yorkshire.

As a result, the term of the current elected Mayor of South Yorkshire has been shortened by two years, bringing the election forward to Thursday 2 May 2024. After the election the Mayor will serve a four year term, with the next election taking place in May 2028.

This webpage contains the following important information:

What is the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority?

The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority was established in 2014. Elections for the Mayor of South Yorkshire took place in 2018 and in 2022.

The four council Leaders of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield and the Mayor of South Yorkshire make up the MCA Board. The Mayor of South Yorkshire chairs the MCA Board.

 What powers does the Mayor have? 

The Mayor is elected to represent 1.4 million residents in the region. The Mayor acts to promote South Yorkshire as a place to live, work, visit and invest.

The MCA has powers and funding which are used to help create jobs, grow the economy, up-skill the workforce, support the public transport network and develop new infrastructure and homes in South Yorkshire. Many decisions are made by the MCA and Mayor together, but the Mayor can make some decisions independently.

From May 2024 the Mayor will take on the functions of the Police and Crime Commissioner and be able to appoint a Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime to assist. This role includes listening to the needs of communities, securing victim support services, setting the objectives for the police force, and holding the Chief Constable to account.

The Mayor also has the ability to bring together partners across the region to maximise the collective impact of those partners.