CHESHIRE could still get a powerful new elected mayor after ministers said they were still committed to the idea.
The prospect of the county getting a mayor similar to the posts held by Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham in the Liverpool and Greater Manchester area has long been floated as part of a devolution deal.
Under the proposals, residents of Warrington, Cheshire East and Cheshire West councils could vote for a preferred candidate. Unlike traditional mayors – whose roles are mostly ceremonial – elected mayors have broad control over things like transportation and skill budgets. Some also have powers over the police.
Halton is currently part of the Liverpool City Region, but the rest of Cheshire does not have a mayor. In 2017, the Warrington Council Labor group voted for the city to team up with Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council in a devolution deal – instead of the Liverpool City region.
But with a huge turnover of senior ministers over the past year, things had become quiet. But Mike Amesbury – MP for Weaver Vale – recently quizzed ministers on progress, asking the Secretary of State for Levels, Housing and Communities what progress the department had made in agreeing a devolution deal between Cheshire and Warrington.
Dehenna Davison, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department of Leveling, Housing and Communities, replied: “We are committed to the leveling mission that by 2030 every part of England that wants it will have a decentralization agreement. We will establish a process for new areas to arise in due course. »
Last year the government announced new ‘county deals’ as part of its leveling scheme, which aimed to extend devolution beyond the big cities and provide the rest of England with the opportunity to have elected mayors. Backers say he could provide funding of at least £30m a year for a decade, although he could have the potential to secure that amount of money for nearly 25 years.
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