Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, has brought together a range of South Yorkshire institutions to lead the region’s economic fightback to the coronavirus pandemic.
Chloe Shakesby

Yorkshire mayor launches coronavirus response group to aid region's economy

A Yorkshire mayor has launched a reponse group to combat the challenges faced by the regions businesses and communities.

Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, has brought together a range of South Yorkshire institutions to lead the region’s economic fightback to the coronavirus pandemic.

Made up of South Yorkshire’s private sector, business bodies, universities, trade unions, local authorities and community groups, the South Yorkshire COVID-19 Response Group aims to “make sure the region emerges as strong as it possibly can from the crisis”.

The group says it will be responsible for providing a South Yorkshire-wide perspective on the impact of COVID-19 on the region’s economy and society, and agreeing actions to support workers, businesses and communities.

It also says it will be developing and lobbying for a single set of asks of Government, key partners and industry to ensure South Yorkshire has what it needs to recover from COVID-19.

Mayor of Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, who leads the group, commented: “The coronavirus is the greatest public health crisis we have faced, and it poses a massive challenge to our economy.

“I am working around the clock to keep our economy afloat and make sure South Yorkshire has what it needs to respond to the pandemic.

“I know people in South Yorkshire are resilient, but we must explore every option to support our communities, jobs and businesses.

“That’s why I have convened the region’s leading institutions to plan our response and ensure we are doing everything we can to help the region now and for the future.

“There will be tough days ahead, but I am determined we come out of this crisis strongly and when the worst is over, we build a brighter, prosperous future for South Yorkshire.

“By working together, we can make that happen for people living and working here.”

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