7 reasons you should vote in the Greater Manchester mayoral elections

7 reasons you should vote in the Greater Manchester mayoral elections

GM Mayoral Election

The Greater Manchester Mayoral elections are on 4th May.

7 reasons you should vote in the Greater Manchester mayoral elections:

1. The Mayor will represent you! 

Representing all 320,000 residents of Wigan borough as well as the residents of the nine other boroughs in Greater Manchester, the Mayor will have one of the biggest electoral mandates in the UK.

2. They will be in charge of policing 

The Mayor will be the public’s voice on policing matters, taking on the responsibilities of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

3. The Mayor will also be in charge of the fire service

They’ll make strategic decisions about the fire service and set its budget, taking on the responsibilities of the Fire & Rescue Authority.

4. They will make our transport system fit for the future

The Mayor will be responsible for the transport budget our region receives from Government, as well as the future of bus services in Greater Manchester. 

5. They will have huge influence over housing building and future development 

The Mayor will be responsible for a £300 million housing investment fund and the creation of a Greater Manchester spatial framework for the whole of Greater Manchester. The spatial framework must be approved by the 10 councils.

6. A strong voice on health and social care

The Mayor will be a major figure on the devolved health board which is responsible for the £6bn spent on the region’s health and social care system. 

7. A local and global figurehead

Much like the London Mayor, the Greater Manchester Mayor will represent the region on a local, national and international stage. They will sell the benefits of Greater Manchester to a global audience and help make Greater Manchester one of the best places to live and work in the world.

Posted on Monday 20th March 2017
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