The first Mayoral elections in Manchester will take place on Thursday 4 May 2017 the Government has announced. The new Mayor of Manchester will oversee a range of new powers which are being transferred to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
James Wharton, the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, said:
“Building a Northern powerhouse is central to our plans to rebalance the economy – key to that is handing powers back to local areas.
Greater Manchester are leading the way and on 4 May 2017 local people will have a direct say over who they want to run their city-region.
Six other areas have already signed devolution deals, and with our change in the law to devolve even more powers from Westminster, I’m confident many other areas will soon follow suit”.
The new powers being transferred include:
– control of a £300 million Housing Investment Fund
– powers over strategic planning, including the power to create a statutory spatial framework for Greater Manchester. This will need to be approved by a unanimous vote of the mayor’s cabinet
responsibility for a devolved and consolidated transport budget, with a multi-year settlement to be agreed at the next Spending Review, and responsibility for franchised bus services (subject to consultation by Greater Manchester), and for integrated smart ticketing across all local modes of transport
– control of a reformed earn back deal, within the current envelope of £30 million a year for 30 years – this gives Greater Manchester the certainty they need to extend the Metrolink to Trafford Park
– take on the role currently covered by the police and crime commissioner