Mayors

Queen's Speech 19: Devolution White Paper to set out 'structural reform'

14/10/2019

An English devolution White Paper is planned by the Government, it has been confirmed in the Queen’s Speech.

Changing Tynes

03/10/2019

Heather Jameson talks to Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne Mayor, about the main challenges facing the combined authority, the region’s devolution deal, and putting party politics to one side.

Mayor announces £90,000 to help homeless veterans

02/10/2019

Homeless veterans in Yorkshire are set to receive more support as the mayor of the Sheffield City Region announces £90,000 for a local homelessness charity.

Metro Mayors make case for further devolution

02/10/2019

A group of directly-elected regional mayors have called on Whitehall to devolve more powers and responsibilities to local areas.

Burnham announces £6m for homelessness scheme

09/09/2019

Mayor Andy Burnham has announced a £6m funding package for the second phase of Greater Manchester’s A Bed Every Night scheme.

First black Lord Mayor of Liverpool ‘excited’ by opportunity

14/08/2019

Liverpool’s first black Lord Mayor has been announced after her predecessor was forced to step down for sharing a video containing offensive material.

Liverpool submits £230m ‘Green City Deal’

30/07/2019

The mayor of Liverpool has submitted a proposal to the new prime minister for a £230m Green City Deal to tackle climate change and boost the economy.

Drop ‘metro mayor’ devolution requirement, PM told

29/07/2019

County council leaders have called on Boris Johnson to ensure there is no mayoral requirement for a ‘full’ devolution deal.

Liverpool development set to be ‘game-changer’, mayor says

28/02/2019

A plan for up to 1,500 new homes to be built at a prime waterfront spot in Liverpool is set to go ahead.

Over 900 rough sleepers in Greater Manchester given ‘a bed every night’

21/01/2019

Greater Manchester’s scheme for helping rough sleepers has seen a ‘significant increase’ in the number of people it has helped in the last few months.

Mayoral candidate steps down after wife’s GBH conviction revealed

16/01/2019

The mayor-elect of Redbridge has withdrawn his nomination after it was revealed that his wife was involved in the killing of a TV executive.

Tributes paid after sudden death of mayor of Cambridge

14/01/2019

Condolences have been made following the sudden death of the mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Nigel Gawthrope.

Burnham launches plan to make Greater Manchester an ‘ambitious hub’

07/01/2019

Greater Manchester’s leaders are today announcing ‘radical plans’ to deliver more affordable housing and better transport across the region.

Metro mayors call for post-Brexit fiscal devolution

08/10/2018

Four of England’s metro mayors are demanding control over the cash set to replace Brussels funding in the wake of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Tory London mayoral candidate accused of Islamophobia

05/10/2018

The representative body for British Muslims has accused the Conservative’s mayoral candidate for London of using ‘grotesque language’ about Muslims and Hindus.

Is local government falling out of love with mayors?

31/08/2018

If local government is to have a future, we need to be more confident in supporting directly-elected mayors at all levels, writes Paul Wheeler.

Councils spend £4.5m on transport for mayors

21/08/2018

Local authorities have spent an estimated £4.5m over the last three years on cars to help mayors perform their official duties, anti-tax campaigners have revealed.

Bristol’s lord mayor removes slave trader’s portrait from office

20/06/2018

A 316-year-old portrait of a prominent slave trader, responsible for the deaths of thousands, has been removed from the lord mayor of Bristol’s office.

Tax-raising powers for mayors could help reduce health inequalities, report says

15/06/2018

A leading research group has called for cities to be given more powers to help improve public health.

Scrap all districts says Heseltine

05/06/2018

District councils should be scrapped and 60 unitary counties created instead across England led by directly-elected mayors according to former Cabinet minister Lord Heseltine

Housing should be a human right says Burnham

08/05/2018

Housing should be a made a human right in the same way as education and health, the mayor of Greater Manchester has said today.

Burnham proposes ‘rogue landlord’ amnesty

25/04/2018

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has proposed an amnesty for ‘rogue landlords’ in an attempt to drive them out of the private rented sector.

Think tank outlines priorities for Sheffield's metro mayor

09/03/2018

The new mayor of Sheffield City Region should quickly introduce a ‘clean air charge’ when they take office, address skills gaps and bolster commercial centres, according to a think tank.

Residents on London estates will be balloted over regeneration plans

02/02/2018

Residents in London will be balloted on any new regeneration plans affecting their estates, under plans announced by the mayor today.

Devolution - have the wheels fallen off the wagon?

17/01/2018

With the news that no new devolution deals were agreed last year, Mark Whitehead explores why the policy seems to have come to a grinding halt.

Mayors call for ‘major’ devolution programme

02/11/2017

Seven regional and city-wide mayors have come together for the first time to call for a major new programme of devolution to city regions.

Think tank proposes establishment of mayors’ senate to deal with Brexit

12/10/2017

A local government think tank has told Whitehall they cannot ‘cherry pick’ what powers are handed down locally and has called for ‘radical change’ to help councils tackle major challenges.

New rules strengthen standards for councillors and mayors

19/09/2017

Anyone found guilty of serious crimes will be banned from serving on local councils under new rules, local government minister says.

Charity urges mayors to create ‘golden age of civic philanthropy’

17/07/2017

England’s directly-elected mayors should create a ‘new golden age of civic philanthropy’ by attracting donations to their cities, charity says.

The philanthropist mayor

17/07/2017

Rhodri Davies explores how mayors can jump-start a new culture of civic philanthropy.

Burnham calls for metro mayors to have more role in Brexit

05/07/2017

The Government has failed to give the English regions any meaningful role in the Brexit negotiations, Andy Burnham, the directly elected mayor of Greater Manchester, has said today.

Need for elected mayors are scrapped by all parties

19/05/2017

County council leaders have welcomed the requirement for newly-devolved local authorities to have directly-elected mayors being dropped.

New mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough sets out 100-day vision

12/05/2017

A string of new transport and infrastructure proposals have been unveiled by the new mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in his 100-day manifesto.

New mayors urged to prioritise inclusive growth

12/05/2017

One of the greatest challenges facing the newly elected metro mayors is achieving inclusive growth, new research has revealed.

Greater Manchester mayor donates 15% of salary to homelessness fund

08/05/2017

The newly elected mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has donated 15% of his salary to help eradicate homeless in the region.

Mayors must unite behind devolution agenda, think tank says

05/05/2017

England’s mayors must unite to demand more devolved powers to improve local public services and boost trade post-Brexit, a leading think tank says.

Conservatives win West of England's first mayoral election

05/05/2017

Conservative Tim Bowles has become the first mayor of the West of England Combined Authority.

Metro mayors ‘potentially worrying’ products of secret deals

04/05/2017

The new regional mayors are the products of deals done ‘behind closed doors’ and are therefore ‘worrying’, warns academic.

Fears as new era of metro mayors dawns

04/05/2017

Local government big hitters have voiced concerns about the accountability, effectiveness and necessity of the incoming combined authority mayors.

New city-region mayors should be ‘integration champions’, think tank urges

02/05/2017

The new ‘metro mayors’ will be well placed to become integration ‘champions’ for their areas, report says.

Metro mayors should place digital at ‘the heart’ of their plans

26/04/2017

The new metro mayors should put digital devolution at the ‘heart of their plans’, tech industry campaigners say.

Combined authorities risk being 'preserve of men' finds report

18/04/2017

Nearly all (93%) of senior positions in the new combined authorities will be appointed to white men, new research has revealed.

Mayors can ‘transform’ city regions but need more power, report says

10/04/2017

The new metro mayors will have the power to transform their city regions, but there has been little policy development for this purpose, progressive think tank says.

Mayors: a powerful voice for local government?

24/03/2017

Will the rise of elected mayors lead to a rebirth of local democracy? Neil Merrick investigates.

East Midlands devolution deal announced

17/03/2017

The communities secretary yesterday announced a new devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which will see millions of pounds worth of investment in the region.

Full control handed back to Tower Hamlets

17/03/2017

The Government has withdrawn its commissioners from Tower Hamlets LBC, handing full control back to the council.

New Tees Valley mayor granted powers to ‘drive’ economic development

14/03/2017

Tees Valley Combined Authority has become the first authority outside of London to be granted the power to create locally-accountable Mayoral Development Corporations.

Elected mayor saves £1m with revised sea defence scheme

23/02/2017

Council’s planning committee has given the green light to a North Tyneside sea defence scheme that will save £1m of public money.

Combined authorities the ‘natural leaders’ for driving reform of criminal justice system

22/02/2017

Metro mayors should use newly-devolved criminal justice powers to cut reoffending rates, report urges.

Bristol mayor vows to get a grip on city’s finances

09/02/2017

Bristol’s mayor has vowed to get the city’s finances under control after a report criticised the council for a ‘collective failure of leadership’ in achieving past savings.

Metro mayor must show they ‘mean business’ from day one

09/02/2017

The West Midland’s metro mayor should make tackling traffic congestion a priority in order to get a ‘quick policy win’ on assuming office, report says.

What to look out for in 2017

16/12/2016

As a turbulent 2016 draws to close what are the legal issues which loom on the 2017 horizon for local authorities?

Elected mayors essential for ‘local accountability’—DCLG

08/11/2016

The Government has confirmed that it will not back down over directly elected mayors despite scepticism from county leaders.

Metro mayors should be given ‘radical housing powers’

31/10/2016

Metro mayors should be given ‘radical housing powers’ to tackle housing crisis, think tank argues.

Manchester launches People’s Plan to ‘amplify’ local voices

25/10/2016

A 'People's Plan' has been launched in Manchester to gather views on how the city should be run under an elected mayor and devolved powers.

People reject elected mayor for Guildford in referendum

17/10/2016

Residents have rejected the idea of having a directly elected mayor in Guildford.

Metro mayors 'a pill you take' to achieve devolution

04/10/2016

The point of a metro mayor is to 'take the blame' if something goes wrong, says chairman of the Local Government Association.

North Lincolnshire Council set to join combined authority

29/09/2016

North Lincolnshire Council is set to accept a metro mayor by signing up to a Greater Lincolnshire Combined Authority (GLCA).

Khan calls for new powers over taxes and public services

21/09/2016

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is calling for more control over taxes and public services to match the powers given to the mayors of New York and Chicago.

Elected mayor for combined authority 'done deal', Government insists

15/09/2016

The terms of the Sheffield City Region’s devolution deal are ‘absolutely clear’ and involve an elected mayor, Whitehall insists.

‘Business as usual' amid end of metro mayor rumours

22/08/2016

Whitehall has denied claims that Theresa May is planning to axe plans to impose directly elected mayors on regions as a prerequisite to devolution.

Where next for devolution?

18/08/2016

Will government demands for elected mayors in devolution deals survive in the post-Brexit shake-up and how will the agenda be shaped by the referendum result? Simon Goacher looks at the evidence.

May urged to give mayors greater freedoms and powers

13/07/2016

New prime minister Theresa May has been urged to give new regional mayors more borrowing and taxation powers, and lift borrowing rates for councils.

Clark hints support for devo deal without mayor

07/07/2016

Communities secretary Greg Clark has hinted he could back devolution in Leicestershire without enforcing a mayor.

Demand for mayor in devo deals might ‘not last forever’

06/07/2016

The Government could scrap demands for an elected mayor in devolution deals, a local government academic has hinted.

Need for elected mayor puts Cheshire devolution bid on hold

13/06/2016

The proposed devolution deal for Cheshire and Warrington has been put on hold, following concerns over the requirement to have an elected mayor.

Council leaders accuses Government of 'lack of honesty' over devo deals

09/06/2016

North Somerset Council leader Cllr Nigel Ashton has launched a blistering attack on the Government’s ‘lack of honesty’ over devolution.

Surrey council to vote on elected mayor

24/05/2016

Voters in Guildford are to be polled on whether or not they want to have a directly-elected mayor.

LGA: Power over buses should be given to all councils

19/05/2016

All councils should be able to commission their own bus services, not just those with elected mayors, local government leaders have demanded.

North East agree devolution deal

18/05/2016

Councillors in the North East have moved a step closer to launching a devolved authority with an elected mayor for the region.

19-year-old appointed mayor of Goole

13/05/2016

A Yorkshire town council has appointed what is believed to be the youngest mayor in England.

Durham backs North East devolution bid

12/05/2016

Durham County Council has backed plans to create a combined authority for the North East as long as several conditions are met.

Public back extended powers for metro-mayors

12/05/2016

More than half of adults in the UK’s biggest city-regions believe new mayors should have more powers than local council leaders, a new poll has revealed.

Burnham may join race to become Greater Manchester mayor

06/05/2016

Labour’s shadow home secretary Andy Burnham is considering standing to be mayor of Greater Manchester in 2017.

Mayoral elections boost voter turnout

06/05/2016

Voter turnout has been boosted in cities holding mayoral elections alongside local council elections, early indicators suggest.

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