William Eichler 05 May 2017

Mayors must unite behind devolution agenda, think tank says

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.

IPPR North has called on the six new metro mayors being elected today to join forces with mayor of London Sadiq Khan in a push to increase local control over education, health and employment, with strong local checks-and-balances.

The progressive think tank said the regional mayors could play an important role in attracting investment and forging trade links, as well as free up the civil service to focus on Brexit.

‘We’ve heard a lot about strong and stable leadership in this election, and we need this sort of leadership locally too, to drive inward-investment and deliver great public services,’ Ed Cox, director of IPPR North.

‘Together the London mayor and England’s new metro mayors will represent almost twenty million people, far more than Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined. Working together, they will be a powerful voice for England.

‘Using “soft powers”, they can act as advocates for their city-regions on the global stage, helping win investment and broker trade globally.’

However, Mr Cox also noted that while such ‘soft powers’ were important, mayors needed much more.

‘Mayors need the kind of fiscal powers enjoyed by American mayors, German federal states and French régions. Even London only controls 7% of the tax it raises, compared to 50% in New York City,’ he said.

‘With powerful local checks-and-balances, mayors can reboot the devolution revolution and free the civil service to focus on Brexit.’

Read our coverage of today's mayoral elections here.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Children in Care

Essex County Council
£32787 - £44826 per annum + + Free On-Site Parking & Benefits Package
Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Newly Qualified Social Workers - Children in Care

Essex County Council
£32787 - £44826 per annum + + Free On-Site Parking & Benefits Package
These positions are open to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW's) and Experienced Social Workers. The starting salary for a NQSW is £29,236 per a England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Assistant Project Manager

Essex County Council
£31200 - £36763 per annum
Assistant Project ManagerFixed Term, 12 monthsFull Time, 37 hours per weekUp to £36,763 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Home Care Worker - Mayfair Care - Rochford

Essex County Council
Up to £10 per hour
Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Mayfair Care to recruit Home Care Workers for their home care service based in Rochford. England, Essex, Rochford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Home Care Worker - Mayfair Care - Castle Point

Essex County Council
Up to £10 per hour
Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Mayfair Care to recruit Home Care Workers for their home care service based in Castle Poi England, Essex, Castle Point
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.