Magazine article Public Finance

Ministers to Use Persuasion over Directly Elected Mayors

Magazine article Public Finance

Ministers to Use Persuasion over Directly Elected Mayors

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Ministers are to engage England's largest cities 'in discussion' in an effort to persuade them to opt for directly elected mayors.

Local government minister Nick Raynsford told delegates at the conference that he would not impose the concept but added: 'It is right that cities that said no should now take another look at this.

'This is a voluntary policy, we do think it has advantages and does help to give greater focus and visibility,' he said.

The revival of directly elected mayors was mooted as part of the Office of the Deputy Prime Ministers five-year plan, People, places and prosperity.

As part of these discussions, the ODPM is apparently willing to make some concessions to entice cities to opt for mayors in the form of extra powers, although these will not be equivalent to the type of powers afforded to the London mayor. …

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