Mayoral Manoeuvres: How big is the job facing elected city mayors?

As 10 cities decide whether to bring in elected mayors, we've put together an overview of the scope of the job that a new mayor would face.

Briefing published on 23 April 2012 by Dmitry Sivaev

On 3 May 2012, ten of the largest English cities outside London – Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester, Bristol, Wakefield, Coventry, Nottingham and Newcastle – will decide whether to replace the current local government model with a directly elected mayor.

However, the exact size and scale of the job that new mayors will face has yet to be widely discussed – nor the fact that these jobs will be different to that of the London mayor because they will be taking on council leader responsibilities as well as mayoral responsibilities.

This brief note looks at the size and the nature of the job that council leaders do now, and that new mayors will take on, as well as reviewing the resources at their disposal.  It then considers what powers mayors may need to deliver on a key aspect of their brief: supporting the growth of the local economy.

Selected coverage • Left Foot Forward • Times (£) • New Statesman • Birmingham Post • ITV • LGC (£)