Metro mayor powers will be bespoke, government confirms


The powers handed to metro mayors under the Government’s city region devolution programme will be arranged on a bespoke basis and so could vary from one city to another, Transport Network can reveal.

It is potentially a controversial arrangement as not only did nine cities reject the idea of a mayor in local votes in 2012, with some of those now likely to be handed one anyway as in Manchester's case, but also it appears local communities will not be given a direct say on what the actual powers of any potential mayor should be.

The news comes after MPs in the Commons last week called on ministers to ‘come clean on what they are offering’. 

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