On 4 May 2017, we will vote for our first ever Mayor of Greater Manchester.
Accountable to and representing the people of all 10 boroughs in Greater Manchester, your chosen Mayor will oversee an economy larger than that of Wales and will have one of the largest electoral mandates in the UK.
The Mayor will steer the work of Greater Manchester’s Combined Authority, leading on issues such as the economy, transport, police and fire services. Together we will bring to life our plans to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world.
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What the Mayor does
Responsible for transforming public services and shaping the future of our region, the Mayor will represent Greater Manchester people, making the case for our region to the heart of government and on the world stage. He or she will allow us to speak as one as we demand a fairer deal and build a better quality of life for the people who live here.
Your elected Mayor of Greater Manchester will join Greater Manchester’s Combined Authority as its chair and eleventh member. The leaders of the 10 councils will form the Mayor’s Cabinet.
The job of the Mayor will range from setting budgets and priorities for Greater Manchester’s public services to acting as an ambassador for the region.
- They’ll be responsible for the transport budget our region receives from Government, as well as the future of bus services in Greater Manchester.
- The Mayor will be the public’s voice on policing matters, taking on the responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
- They’ll make strategic decisions about the fire service and set its budget, taking on the responsibilities of the Fire & Rescue Authority.
- The Mayor will be responsible for a £300 million housing investment fund and the creation of a spatial framework for the whole of Greater Manchester. The spatial framework must be approved by the 10 councils.
The Mayor will be able to make some decisions independently, but others will involve consultation and approval of the Mayor’s Cabinet. Some decisions will need unanimous support, others will need a majority.
The local picture
The Greater Manchester region has existed for over 40 years, but is built on a history of centuries of close local ties between our interlinked – but independent – towns and cities.
This way of working isn’t easy to get right and we’re one of the only regions to make it work so well. We recognise that our strength lies in successful partnership – not only with each other, but with other public services, businesses, local communities and the voluntary sector.
Electing a Greater Manchester Mayor and working together will not mean sacrificing local priorities or the unique identities that make up Greater Manchester’s diverse cities and towns. Bury will still be Bury, and Salford will still be Salford, but together we’ll be better placed to tackle some of the bigger issues that we all have in common, such as transport improvements and growing the economy.
A Mayor of Greater Manchester will help us all benefit from the bigger picture, but local councils will still be best placed to meet the day-to-day needs of its residents – for example bin collections, housing, street cleaning, and licensing.
The 10 leaders will continue to lead their own councils. The Mayor and Combined Authority do not replace, nor can they overrule Greater Manchester’s 10 local councils.
How to vote
If you are registered to vote in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford or Wigan, you can vote for a Greater Manchester Mayor.
If you are not registered to vote, you cannot take part. Register now!
For more information about registering to vote and the different ways to vote, visit the Greater Manchester Elects website. It contains lots of information for voters and candidates.
Why are we doing this?
In exchange for more powers and control over local budgets, Greater Manchester agreed to elect a regional mayor who would act as a single point of accountability – to both local people and central government.
Devolution doesn’t mean more money in the pot. But it does mean having more control over how and where we spend the money we have.
We’ll be able to design services and find ways of working that better meet the needs of Greater Manchester and the people that live, work and invest here. We’ll be able to boost our economy and reinvest money back into the region, to where it is needed most.
It’s important you have a say in how all this is done. This mayoral election is your opportunity to take ownership of our shared future and give everyone the opportunity to benefit from our area’s investment and growth.
Our plans for devolution are bold, radical and ambitious. Greater Manchester is set to become a major economic and political power, capable of fully supporting the people who live here without the need to rely on dwindling government funding.
This has never been done before.
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Find out more
- ‘An Idiot’s guide to the Greater Manchester mayor election’ (MEN article)
- GM Mayoral Election Guide from the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
- Greater Manchester & Liverpool City Region: How will mayors affect you? (BBC News online)
- Devolution: a new mayor for Greater Manchester. What does it mean? (plain English guide)