Magazine article Public Finance

Remove Obstacles in Way of Elected Mayors, Says IPPR

Magazine article Public Finance

Remove Obstacles in Way of Elected Mayors, Says IPPR

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Every major town and city in England should have a directly elected mayor, the Institute for Public Policy Research urged this week.

The call comes in the run-up to the hotly contested election for mayor of London on May 1, with Labour's Ken Livingstone neck and neck with his main rival, the Conservatives' Boris Johnson.

Mayors also head local authorities in Hartlepool, the London Borough of Hackney and other areas. An essay in the IPPR journal, published on April 23, says the results have been positive.

Introducing mayors in other towns would give 'stronger local political leadership, clearer accountability and encourage central government to decentralise more powers to local government', it says.

The essay claims that although elected mayors are permitted by the 2000 Local Government Act the system is 'biased against introducing them', leaving England with just 13. …

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