Mayors

Unleash wave of mayoral devo, says think tank

20/06/2022

A report from the centre right Onward think tank has urged the Government to step back from ‘micromanaging’ England’s cities and counties and unleash a wave of mayoral devolution.

Westminster City Council announces first ever Muslim Lord Mayor

12/05/2022

Westminster City Council is to vote in its first Muslim Lord Mayor and its youngest ever incumbent.

Bristol votes to abolish elected mayor

06/05/2022

Bristol voters have decided to abolish the city’s directly elected mayor following a referendum.

North West England mayors visit Dublin to boost trade links

30/03/2022

Mayors from the North West of England have travelled to Dublin to kick off a joint mission to boost trade and cultural links.

Talks held on East Midlands combined authority

17/03/2022

Proposals for an East Midlands combined authority covering Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire could be put forward to the Government as part of county deal negotiations.

Liverpool City Region takes steps to bring bus services under public control

28/02/2022

Plans to franchise bus services across the Liverpool City Region have taken a step forward, said mayor Steve Rotheram.

Khan eyes pay-per-mile fix for capital’s emissions

18/01/2022

London must implement a pay per mile road charging system to achieve its targets for cutting toxic air and carbon emissions, according to a new report commissioned by the mayor's office.

City-level carbon cutting powers backed by 80%

01/11/2021

A study has found support for more mayoral powers to curb carbon emissions in some of the UK’s biggest cities.

County leaders urge ministers not to get 'bogged down' on mandatory mayors

13/10/2021

County councils have urged the Government not to insist on introducing more mayors after a poll revealed that only one in three people believe they should spearhead devolution deals.

Three keys for UK local authorities to lead the way on piloting a legal cannabis industry

11/10/2021

Legalising cannabis production and retail should be a priority for London, Manchester and other UK cities who need to boost local employment and create new revenue streams for local government, argues Hamish Stewart.

Croydon to get directly elected mayor

08/10/2021

Croydon Council will be run by a directly elected mayor after the vast majority of voters backed the move in a referendum.

Mayoral elections to be 'first past the post'

16/09/2021

The Government has announced the 'first past the post' electoral system will be used for all local mayoral and police and crime commissioner elections.

Metro mayors call for extension of housing pilot scheme

28/07/2021

The metro mayors for Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region and West Midlands have joined forces to call for an extension of the Housing First pilot scheme.

Right to Buy-back fund launched

13/07/2021

London boroughs are to receive funding to purchase former council homes on the private market.

Local elections 2021: Voters back mayors in referendums

09/05/2021

Tower Hamlets and Newham LBC have both voted to keep the post of directly elected mayor in referendums run alongside the local elections.

English elections 2021: Conservatives make gains across country

07/05/2021

The Conservatives have taken control of 13 more councils in England in last week's local elections.

Battle of the Smart Cities

04/05/2021

Piers Mulroney explores how the race to innovate, digitise and decarbonise is driving the mayoral elections in Birmingham and Manchester.

Public back more city devolution

09/04/2021

More than eight in ten people support more devolution to England’s largest cities, a new poll has revealed.

Burnham takes back control with bus franchising

26/03/2021

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has confirmed that he plans to implement bus franchising in the city region ‘as part of plans for a joined-up and truly passenger-focused transport network’.

Mayoral votes to use ‘outdated’ system

16/03/2021

The Government plans to switch to the first-past-the-post system to elect mayors.

Blackburn mayor resigns after COVID-19 breach

16/02/2021

The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen has resigned after he received a police fine for breaching coronavirus restrictions.

West Yorkshire’s devolution deal signed into law

01/02/2021

The £38m ‘historic’ devolution deal for West Yorkshire has been signed into law.

Sadiq Khan proposes 9.5% council tax increase

08/01/2021

The mayor of London has announced council tax will increase by 9.5% to help fund free travel for young people and the over 60s.

Combined authority expansion halted by ‘party politics’

09/11/2020

The expansion of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has stalled after leaders failed to reach an agreement.

Khan calls for further devolution of adult education funding

28/10/2020

The mayor of London has urged the Government to devolve adult education funding to the capital or risk undermining its long-term recovery from the pandemic.

'Dramatic' fall in London's air pollution since 2016, data shows

05/10/2020

Despite dramatic improvements in London's air quality since 2016, air pollution is still a major public health challenge, new data has revealed.

Greater Manchester mayor calls for consultation on ‘three tier’ COVID-19 restrictions

05/10/2020

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has called on the Government to open negotiations with mayors and local leaders on the leaked ‘three tiers’ policy paper concerning COVID-19 restrictions.

Mayor 'rejects' government lockdown restrictions

02/10/2020

Middlesbrough Mayor, Andy Preston, has said he doesn't accept the new lockdown measures being imposed by the Government as they are based on ignorance and factual inaccuracies.

Luton mayor resigns after breaking lockdown rules

06/08/2020

The mayor of Luton has resigned after being pictured at a social gathering during lockdown.

Lancashire CC sets out plans for new combined authority

29/07/2020

Lancashire CC has put forward proposals for a new combined authority and an elected mayor for the county.

Councillors in south east reject metro mayors, says poll

28/07/2020

Seven out of ten councillors in the South East of England are against plans for metro mayors, a poll has revealed.

Mayor anticipates Covid-19 election disruption

20/07/2020

London mayor Sadiq Khan has urged voters in the capital to register for postal ballots ahead of next year’s elections to avoid disruption from the COVID-19 crisis.

Leicester mayor ‘frustrated’ by extended lockdown

17/07/2020

The Government has been accused of taking a ‘sledgehammer approach’ to the local lockdown of Leicester by mayor Sir Peter Soulsby.

Mayors press for local furlough powers

08/06/2020

The mayors of Liverpool and Manchester have urged the Government to provide funds for ‘humanitarian assistance’ during local lockdowns as figures suggest COVID-19 is spreading.

North West mayors call for regional data on Covid-19 infection rates

13/05/2020

Two mayors have called on the Government to publish a regional breakdown of the 'R' infection rate for coronavirus.

Burnham calls for more Covid-19 support for English regions

12/05/2020

The Government has been urged to provide extra support for cities outside London to deal with the cost of easing lockdown restrictions.

West Yorkshire devolution deal moves to next stage

25/03/2020

The West Yorkshire devolution deal has taken a step forward after receiving backing from Bradford Council and Kirklees Council.

Mayoral governance in Bristol has 'boosted visibility' of leadership

18/03/2020

Mayoral governance in Bristol has boosted the visibility of city leadership but restricted the role of councillors, new research finds.

Next London mayor must ‘forge’ new template for devolution

24/02/2020

London boroughs have called on the next mayor to ‘reset’ the relationship between central Government and Britain’s cities and counties.

Mayor calls for English Barnett Formula

21/02/2020

The Government should create an English version of the Barnett Formula to deliver fair funding outside of London, the mayor of Greater Manchester has said.

Khan launches £25m ‘scrap for cash’ polluting vehicle scheme

24/10/2019

Low-income and disabled motorists in London will receive up to £2,000 for scrapping their old, polluting cars.

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.

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