Burnham: Mayors may give Scotland’s cities a stronger voice

Burnham: Mayors may give Scotland’s cities a stronger voice


ocal champions are required throughout Scotland’s communities so as to ship vital change, Scottish Labour has stated.

Social gathering chief Anas Sarwar made the decision alongside Andy Burnham, Better Manchester mayor and former Labour MP, on the launch of a paper on native authorities reform in Glasgow on Tuesday.

Mr Sarwar instructed that Scotland may “study the teachings” of using native and metro mayors elsewhere within the UK, and that by introducing such a system north of the border, communities would change into extra empowered.

He pointed to the work carried out by Mr Burnham in his capability of mayor to battle homelessness in his metropolis, in addition to taking steps to enhance transport integration and with the ability to problem choices from ministers in the course of the coronavirus lockdown.

Mr Burnham stated introducing regional mayors in Scotland may make a “actual distinction”, including that cities threat being left behind if they don’t have sufficient energy to do issues for themselves.

He advised the PA information company: “As I take a look at issues at the moment, you understand, it’s clearly been good that Scotland’s had devolution to the nationwide stage.

Why should not Glasgow have the ability to do precisely the identical factor to assist folks via the cost-of-living disaster?

“However on the identical time, I feel cities probably may get left behind if cities don’t have extra energy to do extra issues for themselves.

“I’ll offer you a sensible instance. Per week on Monday, I’m introducing a cap on bus fares in Better Manchester, so it’d be two pound cap on an grownup journey, one pound on a baby journey, and it’s free for 16-18s.

“After which it’d be 5 pound cap on fares in a day, regardless of what number of buses folks take.

“I’d say, nicely, why shouldn’t Glasgow have the ability to do precisely the identical factor to assist folks via the cost-of-living disaster?”

The Better Manchester mayor added that it’s a “good factor for proud cities like Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool to have the ability to do extra issues for themselves and collaborate extra”, and stated his personal metropolis now has a “stronger voice” because of the mayoral system.

Mr Burnham might be assembly Scotland’s First Minister on Tuesday afternoon.

Requested what he’s anticipating from his dialog with Nicola Sturgeon, he stated: “What we wish to do is take that dialog up the north of England and Scotland to that stage and say, you understand, can now we have higher methods of speaking, higher methods of working?

“We have now bought an association with the Welsh Authorities and I feel it will be helpful if we had one thing related.

“Clearly, there was a problem final 12 months with the journey ban that was imposed on Manchester and Salford and that was a troublesome second.

“We resolved it on the time, however I feel it does level to having extra dialogue going ahead.”

Mr Burnham stated one such problem he seeks to have extra communication on is the HS2 rail community, following the announcement earlier this 12 months {that a} deliberate £3 billion connection between HS2 and the West Coast Principal Line can be axed.

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