Tees Valley

In May 2017 the Tees Valley elected its first metro mayor – Conservative Ben Houchen. He has control over the whole Tees Valley combined authority area. and works with existing city leaders to take forward a strategic plan. You can find out more about the metro mayors on our FAQ page.

The economic and political outlook for Tees Valley’s new metro mayor

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

The economic data for Tees Valley

Tees Valley consists of the following local authorities: Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees.

Understanding how the city-region performs on key areas such as productivity and employment helps the new metro mayor to assess what he should prioritise. The table below shows how Tees Valley compares to the national average on these indicators.

The city-region has seen a slow rate of growth in population compared to that of the rest of the country in recent years. It has a smaller business base than average. It also has a slightly lower employment rate.

The skills level in the city region are also below the national average. This may help to explain the lower level of productivity the city region also sees. Wage growth in recent years has however been strong, compared to the average.

Key economic indicators for the Tees Valley

2017 Tees Valley

Source: All data publicly available. Contact Centre for Cities for full source details.

What powers does the Tees Valley metro mayor have?

Below is a summary of the powers the new Tees Valley metro mayor has. Tees Valley have fewer controls than the deals seen in Greater Manchester and the West of England.

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What are the policy priorities for the Tees Valley metro mayor?

We outlined a set of policy priorities that the Tees Valley mayor should set out in his first term, you can find them in full here or listed below.

Policy priority 1: A quick win

Urgently respond to the SSI closure by setting out a plan to help people retrain and access other jobs.

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Policy priority 2: A strategic aim

Help long-term unemployed people across the city region get into work

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Policy priority 3: A longer term vision

Make the most of Middlesbrough city centre to attract more high-skilled, high-waged firms and jobs in a range of industries

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What did the Tees Valley metro mayor candidates say in their manifestos?

Click through the slideshare below to find out what the candidates who said on key issues such as transport and skills

Tees Valley Metro Mayor Candidate 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 Tees Valley think should be top priority for their new metro mayor. This is 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 (36 per cent) of adults in Tees Valley think that health care provision should be the most important priority for local politicians. Of the policy areas within the metro mayor’s remit, housing (13 per cent) and business support (10 per cent) are a priority.

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 Tees Valley (n=300)

Relating to the specific powers that the new metro mayor will have, a quarter (27 per cent) say that investing in rail and road networks should be the top priority for the metro mayor. A significant number also think the metro mayor should prioritise adult skills (21 per cent) and affordable housing (20 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?

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Source: ComRes. Average first preference of adults across Tees Valley (n=300)

The metro mayor’s powers

More than half of adults from Tees Valley (56 per cent) say that they agree that the new metro mayor should have greater powers than local council leaders.

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 Tees Valley (n=300). Percentages are rounded.

Awareness of the metro mayor

Just under a third (32 per cent) of adults in Tees Valley say they were previously familiar with the plans to introduce a new metro mayor for their region.

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?

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Source: ComRes. All adults in Tees Valley (n=300).

What is the political landscape in Tees Valley?

The Conservative Ben Houchen won the 2017 Tees Valley metro mayor vote with 51% of votes to Labour’s 49%. The turnout was 21%.

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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