The long-awaited Warwick Commission on Elected Mayors report has finally arrived and it has slated the proposals on offer in next month’s referendums which have been forced on 10 cities including Nottingham.
The report says that “There is no point in electing a mayor whose remit does not cover the necessarily boundary-spanning regions that could foster economic growth”
So what will people be asked to vote on in Nottingham’s referendum? You guessed it- a mayor whose remit does not cover the necessarily boundary-spanning regions that could foster economic growth!
The Warwick commissioners also criticise the government for not specifying what extra powers might be handed down to elected mayors from Westminster. So people are being asked to make judgement without even knowing what an elected mayor will be able to offer.
The report does take a little more positive stance on so-called Metro-mayors with powers which are not constrained by city boundaries. But the Government has ruled these out as it would take years of legislation and potentially create new regional authorities, which could face local opposition.
So there you have it. An authoritative report from Warwick University based on firm academic research concedes that the whole plan is pointless.
People will be asking if there aren’t better things to be spending so much time on.