Greater Manchester

In May 2017 Greater Manchester elected its first metro mayor, Andy Burnham for Labour. He will have control over the whole Greater Manchester combined authority area and will work with existing city leaders to take forward their strategic plan. You can find out more about the new metro mayors on our FAQ page.

The economic and political outlook for Greater Manchester’s new metro mayor

This page brings together the key facts about the city-region’s economy and what local residents see as the top priorities for the new metro mayor.

The economic data for Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester consists of the following local authorities: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Understanding how the city-region performs on key areas like productivity and employment helps the new metro mayor to assess what they should prioritise. The table below shows how Greater Manchester compares to the UK average on these indicators.

The city region has seen a similar rate of growth in population to that of the rest of the country in recent years. It has slightly more knowledge service jobs than the average, but it is slightly less productive than the national average (measured in Gross Value Added per capita).

The skills level in the city-region are also below the national average, which may help to explain the lower level of productivity.

2017 Greater Manchester

 

Source:  All data publicly available. For full data source details contact Centre for Cities. Averages displayed are either UK or GB average depending on the data available.

The policy priorities for the Greater Manchester metro mayor

We outlined three priorities that the Greater Manchester metro mayor should priorities. read them in full here or summarised below:

Policy priority 1: A quick win

Put the GMCA spatial plan into action and create certainty over development

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Policy priority 2: A strategic aim

Build the city-region case for congestion charging in Manchester city centre

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Policy priority 3: A longer term vision

Develop a sustainable social care budget

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What powers does the Greater Manchester metro mayor have?

Below is a summary of the powers the new Greater Manchester metro mayor has. The metro mayor has control over an integrated health and social care budget for the area, unlike the London mayor, who does not.

 

What did the Greater Manchester metro mayors candidates have in their manifestos?

Click through the Slideshare below to find out what the metro mayor candidates said on key issues such as transport, housing and skills.

Greater Manchester Metro Mayor Manifestos from Centre for Cities

 

What the voters say about the new metro mayor

In May 2016 Centre for Cities commissioned ComRes to find out what issues the residents of Greater Manchester think should be top priority for their new metro mayor. The poll questions were based on the powers they will enjoy as well as wider priorities. We also asked whether or not they wanted to see more powers handed down to the metro mayor. Below are some of the main findings.

Local priorities

Over a third of adults (34 per cent) in Greater Manchester think that health care provision should be the most important priority for local politicians. Emergency services and housing are the next two priorities (12 per cent).

Which, if any, of the following issues do you think should be the most important priority for politicians in your city at the moment?

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Source: ComRes. Average first preference of adults across Greater Manchester (n=506)

A third of adults (33 per cent) in Greater Manchester say integrating health and social care is the top priority for the new metro mayor. This is followed by developing plans to build or commission affordable housing (15 per cent).

Of the powers that the new metro mayor will have, which of the following issues, if any, do you think should be her/his top priority in their first 100 days?

priorities-for-mayor-greater-manchester-01Source: ComRes. Average first preference of adults across Greater Manchester (n=506)

The metro mayor’s powers

Three in five of those living in Greater Manchester (59 per cent) agree that the new metro mayor should have greater powers than local council leader. A quarter (24 per cent) disagree.

To what extent, if at all, do you agree or disagree that the new metro mayor should have greater powers than local council leaders?

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Source: ComRes. All adults in Greater Manchester (n=506). Percentages are rounded.

Awareness of the metro mayor

In May 2016, almost half (45 per cent) of adults in Greater Manchester said they were familiar with plans to introduce a new metro mayor for the city-region. Slightly more than half (54 per cent) say they were unfamiliar.

To what extent, if at all, were you previously familiar or unfamiliar with the plans to introduce a new metro mayor for the city-region?

familiarity-manchesterSource: ComRes. All adults in Greater Manchester (n=506).

What is the political landscape in Greater Manchester?

Labour’s Andy Burnham is the current metro mayor, he won with 63.4% of the votes. Second was the Conservative Sean Anstee with 22.7% of the votes. The turnout was 29%.

Find out more about metro mayors

Check  ‘Getting ready for mayors’ for all the latest blogs, articles, events and research on the new mayors.

Get up to date on the policies and powers affecting the metro mayors by reading our metro mayors FAQ.

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