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NEW MAYORS ASK LGA TO LOBBY FOR EXTRA START-UP FUNDS

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The seven directly elected mayors have asked the LGA to lobby for extra funds to get them started. ...
The seven directly elected mayors have asked the LGA to lobby for extra funds to get them started.

The decision was made at a meeting of the new mayors at the conference. Mayor of Middlesbrough Ray Mallon (Ind) told LGC: 'The government wants elected mayors to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. But in any organization that's looking for that you have to have an initial investment, a start up cost.

'The mayors across the board were in agreement that there's no starting up money. If they want efficiency and effectiveness then they should actually [help with] the starting up costs of the mayoral office and support. When I said this was short-term all the mayors agreed. What we have said is the LGA should take that forward on our behalf. '

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

by LGC political correspondent Varya Shaw

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