This briefing sets out three policy priorities for the new metro mayor after the election to address the biggest issues facing Greater Manchester's economy.
In May, Greater Manchester voters will elect a metro mayor for the second time. The city region entered the Covid-19 pandemic with above average levels of unemployment, and the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits has increased by a further 70,000 since March 2020. While Centre for Cities expects the bounce back from Covid-19 to be swift, the city region’s challenges pre-pandemic will continue to be an issue post-pandemic.
The headline challenge for Greater Manchester is to improve the performance of its economy.
Planning policy affects the scale and distribution of new housing, interacting with transport and skills policy. It is a strategic economic power that should be held at the scale of the city region, as in Greater London through the London Plan, not at the local level as in the rest of the Mayoral Combined Authorities.