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Elected Mayors

A council can opt for an elected Mayor if the move is backed by a local referendum

The Local Government Act 2000 allows electors to petition for a referendum on a directly elected mayor. An information pack on petitioning for an elected Mayor can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) website.

The elected Mayor's roles are:

  • Act as council's spokesperson
  • Provide political leadership
  • Appoint and dismiss cabinet and deputy mayor
  • Chair cabinet meetings
  • Represent the council on outside bodies

A report into Public attitudes to directly elected mayors was carried out for the Office of the Deputy Prime minister (now the Department for Communities and Local Government) in 2004 and is available on the DCLG website.


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Copyright 2006 | Jason Thomas Williams