The Parliamentary Communities and Local Government Select Committee has told ministers they should refrain from imposing elected mayors on local areas as a condition of devolution.
The cross-party committee of MPs said regions who wanted “substantial devolved powers” but were not in favour of having a mayor “should be allowed to propose an equally strong alternative model of governance.”
The committee has also called for the role of residents to be more prominent in devolution, saying: “We have found a significant lack of public consultation and engagement at all stages in the devolution process.” [i.e. bugger all, not a sausage, less than nothing in the Liverpool City Region]
Elsewhere, the Guardian’s Susanna Rustin says that a push toward devolution highlights gender inequality which suggests none of the elected mayors will be women. She cites figures which show that despite 30% of England’s 18,000 councillors being women, just 14.6%, or one in seven, of 352 English local government leaders are female.
With thanks to John Dodd and the LGIU for the lead to this posting