Yorkshire First, the party for Yorkshire, has called for local councillors not to endorse the proposed devolution deal for South Yorkshire, denouncing the proposal as a 'pitiful and frankly cynical attempt at devolution'.
The party has written to all councillors in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, who this week will be asked to agree the deal reached between council leaders and George Osborne, arguing 'if the deal is allowed to go through it will, down the line, not mean devolution of power but devolution of cuts and austerity'.
Leader Richard Carter said:
"South Yorkshire councillors have an opportunity to call a halt to this divisive, limited and undemocratic 'devolution' which has been stitched up between George Osborne and a few local council leaders behind closed doors.
"Councillors should realise this is not any kind of devolution as they have in Scotland and Wales; it is merely farming out Government cuts. After all, the whole of South Yorkshire is promised £30 million pounds a year in devolved funding but Barnsley MBC alone is facing cuts of £28m to its budget this year.
"If the deal is allowed to go through it will, down the line, not mean devolution of power but devolution of cuts and austerity.
"Yorkshires deserve so much more than this pitiful and frankly cynical attempt at devolution. We are calling on local councillors to stand up for their community and for Yorkshire and vote to not ratify this deal."