What is the Manchester Mayoral Election?
What are their responsibilities?
The mayor has key powers over transport, policing and the fire service – as well as influence over other areas – including the economy and health & social care.
Powers that the mayor can exercise involve setting budgets and strategies in these areas. The decisions made concerning Greater Manchester issues have an impact on anyone who lives in Manchester, Stockport, Oldham, Rochdale, Trafford, Tameside, Wigan, Bury, Bolton or Salford.
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) aims to improve the city region. It is made up of the mayor and the 10 council leaders. They work towards their vision of making Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world and give local people more control over the issues affecting their areas. It is the duty of the mayor to chair the Combined Authority.
Why is voting in this election important?
How the election works:
- be registered to vote
- be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’) (16 or over in Scotland)
- be a British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen
- be registered at an address in the area you want to vote in
- not be legally excluded from voting