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.
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.
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.
We outlined three priorities that the Greater Manchester metro mayor should prioritise. read them in full here or summarised below:
Put the GMCA spatial plan into action and create certainty over development
Build the city-region case for congestion charging in Manchester city centre
Develop a sustainable social care budget
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.
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%.
Get up to date on the policies and powers affecting the metro mayors by reading our metro mayors FAQ.
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