Mayor of Middlesbrough Ray Mallon (Ind) told LGC: 'The government wants elected mayors to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. But in any organisation that is looking for that you have to have an initial investment - a start-up cost.
'The mayors across the board were in agreement that there is no starting up money. If the government wants efficiency and effectiveness then it should actually help with the start-up costs of the mayoral office and support.
'When I said this was short-term, all the mayors agreed . . . we said the LGA should take that forward on our behalf.'