By Campaign Agent Conor Oakes
In May 2017, 7 regions across England will elect metro mayors for the first time. The elections will see new powers devolved to each of the 7 regions which reflect the government’s broader push for devolution and attempt to reinvigorate local politics. It is anticipated that this new system will allow for greater accountability at a local level while enabling the needs and ambitions of metropolitan areas to be met.
What powers will the metro mayors have?
The mayors’ powers will be devolved from Government and they will work with their respective local authority to make decisions on local services such as transport, infrastructure, housing and employment. The directly-elected metro mayors will also have the power to decide their region’s economic strategy.
It is expected that the powers of metro mayors will increase over time, similar to the case of London. Currently, the main focus…
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