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LGA 2002 CONFERENCE REPORT - MAYORS ASK FOR EXTRA CASH TO START REFORMS

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The seven directly elected mayors have asked the Local Government Association to lobby for extra start-up funds. Th...
The seven directly elected mayors have asked the Local Government Association to lobby for extra start-up funds. The decision was made at a meeting of the new mayors at the LGA's annual conference.

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.'

Other issues discussed included how the mayors relate to government and public authorities, given that their democratic legitimacy is greater than both MPs and other public sector leaders.
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