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Greater Manchester

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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.

More comprehensive data around specific areas such as skills and transport can be found on the Greater Manchester Data Dashboard


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 prioritise. 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

  • The metro mayor must commit to the spatial plan, allowing them to be bold and strategic about the future growth of the city-region
  • The metro mayor can ensure the right types of housing and offices get built in the areas of the city-region that need them most. This includes building high grade offices in the city centre, while prioritising other parts of the city region for housing
  • By commiting to the plan, the metro mayor can also build consensus and trust with local authority leaders.

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Policy priority 2: A strategic aim

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

  • The metro mayor must present the case that congestion charging will help manage city centre traffic as part of a bold infrastructure plan, that signals an environmentally friendly agenda
  • The metro mayor should show that congestion charging can benefit the whole city region, through investment in public transport for poorly connected areas
  • To implement this effectively, the metro mayor should evaluate the outcomes and manage extensions and improvements accordingly.

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Policy priority 3: A longer term vision

Develop a sustainable social care budget

  • The metro mayor should use their power over the social care budget to match need with spending, avoiding waste
  • The metro mayor should use council tax to increase the social care budget
  • To ensure resources are allocated most efficiently, the metro mayor must evaluate the outcomes

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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 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

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

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