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GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR TO COST OVER £4MILLION
 

Star date: 23rd January 2017

GM MAYOR THAT NO-ONE WANTS TO COST OVER £4MILLION

The Greater Manchester Mayor that no-one asked for and no-one wants is set to cost £millions while local councils, including Salford, are slashing public services.

The GM Mayor Election alone will cost £4million, with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) also setting aside £242,000 to pay for the Mayor himself and his staff. The total Mayoral/Devolution costs for 2017-18 are over £6million. And counting...

Full details here...


The spiralling costs of having a Greater Manchester Mayor are revealed this morning in documents produced by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, or GMCA, the so-called new Greater Manchester `super council'.

The Greater Manchester Mayor Election alone has already cost £450,000 in this financial year and the GMCA is budgeting for another £3.550million in 2017-18. The GMCA describe the funding as a "significant cost burden".

Costs for the actual GM Mayor, when elected in May, and his/her staff, are set at an `estimated' £242,000 per year, described by GMCA as a `new pressure' on available resources.

While Salford City Council will pay its proportion of £8,377 directly from Council Tax to the GM Mayor costs in 2017-18, the GMCA states that "going forwards costs of this nature will form part of the GM Mayoral Precepting arrangements....The precept is the Mayor's part of the council tax, collected by Greater Manchester boroughs." The GM Mayor Election costs are to be taken from the Business Rates Reserves, for which Salford businesses have contributed.

On top of this, Salford will also be contributing towards `Senior Officer' costs related to devolution, with the new Fat Cat posts of GMCA Treasurer and Head of Paid Service set to total £499,000, including some secretarial and overhead spending.

Meanwhile, there's also £1.264million per year budgeted for the new GMCA HQ at Churchgate House (rent, rates, cleaning, ICT and running expenses) and `transitional support staff' for devolution costing £230,000 in 2017-18.

£4million for the GM Mayor Election, plus £242,000 for the GM Mayor, plus £499,000 for more `senior staff', plus £1.264million for the new HQ, plus £230,000 for `support staff' equals £6.235millionand counting.

To help pay for it all, the GMCA is stating that "Going forwards it is acknowledged that efficiency savings will be sought following transition of GMCA functions"...


Candidates for the GM Mayor Election have until 4th April to confirm that they are standing.

* See also related Salford Star article for the How Did GMCA Manage To Ignore Three Million People Award - click here

                   
wrote
at 19:00:37 on 28 January 2017
KOPontinence is correct. Low key by UKIP is because if Stoke elect Nuttall MP us UKIP Mayor guy get to be MEP for North West. Nuttall is against double jobing. Which would you rather go for a sure MEP £92500 year or coming second or third to Labour.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 19:00:08 on 28 January 2017
Michael, why i§ it when I raise political issues such as Anti Austerity or Workers Rights you avoid the matter at hand? Is it that you're not intellectually equipped to engage in political debate or is there some other reason for your reticence? Could it be that for you politics is a means to an end; raising your media profile, becoming "a local celebrity"? Another thing I don't understand is why have you got back with Ukip? After all they humiliated you in the summer by excluding you from the short list for GM Mayor! Have you got any self respect, Michael?
 
keeperofpoliticalconscience wrote
at 11:55:44 on 28 January 2017
UKIP's GM Mayoral Candidate disagrees with the Mayoralty but as it is there ...work with it. Perhaps his disagreement is his reason for such a low profile campaign and doesn't want to win. Perhaps he has other cakes to bake?
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 09:16:43 on 27 January 2017
Mr. brexit, frankly I find your last post totally incomprehensible-- I do hope you haven't been overdosing on The Daily Mail ! How can a party wishing to represent the Working Class not have a programme similar to that I outlined previously? You are offended/outraged by my four core working class policies because you are a crazed, right wing crank! Talking of cranks, I've noticed that in several of your posts you refer to "globalists"! Who exactly are globalists and how do they relate to Brexit? My friendly advice to you,Mr brexit, is stop the political self abuse;it buggers up one's complexion!
 
Salford lad wrote
at 06:23:21 on 26 January 2017
I wonder if the new mayor will follow Tony lloyds example when he was elected police crime commissioner? Give a flunky fromLondon a job and look after your mates Murphy and Jim no Bottle
 
Mr b r exit wrote
at 15:23:42 on 25 January 2017
@ Rayofbullshit, on your four points, that counts labour out, Tories out, libdems and the "we'll be walking around with candles, eating muesli" Green Party out. Rayofbullshit if your going to come on here, engage your brain first.
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 10:04:43 on 25 January 2017
Mark and Ray do well to be running with fright for Labour at the thought of a strong UKIP name in Kersal when we read today in the National Press that Stoke's poll has UKIP on 35%, well ahead of Labour. While Stoke aims to be the Midlands Brexit we have a golden opportunity to make Salford the Brexit of the North with a Kersal UKIP win. That will attract jobs, investment and the best futures for families and young people. Labour Councillors should be put on the ducking pond stool for the damage they caused to Salford.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 09:15:27 on 25 January 2017
For any political party to aspire to represent the working class they would have to articulate four core policies. A) An unflinching opposition to austerity. B) A commitment in the short to medium term to raise workers incomes. C) A major state funded house building programme. D) A repeal of anti trade union legislation passed over the last thirty years. On all four counts, Ukip fail to qualify as "à party of the working class". Don't be taken in by their cheap, insincere populism; at its core, Ukip is genetically opposed to the interests of working people! Workers in Britain want more than the claptrap of "The red,white and blue" being doled out by Ukip!
 
Mark wrote
at 18:41:18 on 24 January 2017
Why should Burnham or anyone else for that matter give their pension or a proportion of it away? He's paid into that and earnt it. He's been fair enough to say he will do are some of his salary, and his pension is not his salary. And Felse, have you left the Tory party and rejoined UKIP now you think there's going to be another opening?? Do you really think UKIP are mad enough to have a loser like you as their candidate, especially if they have a chance of winning?!? Not a chance! Just as the Tories, Greens, English Democrats, and Labour don't want you!
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 12:20:23 on 24 January 2017
Interesting from @Wrote. Would Mr Burnham like to give an answer? Meanwhile the Kersal by-election opens today and as UKIP stood aside for the Tories last time I urge the Tories to stand aside in this run to show solidarity against a Labour Party that has ceased to represent working class people. Is it not time for Salford to have a UKIP Councillor that can pull in Brexit investment to Salford especially with Kersal voters recording a large majority leave in the exit referendum. I would willingly gift the Councillor allowance to charity if I went onto our Salford Council to begin putting people first. And then demand the Greater Manchester Mayor puts real money into fighting Cancer instead of self gain.
 
wrote
at 07:06:28 on 24 January 2017
If we assume Andy Burnham MP got to be Mayor would he also get the traditional MP exit pension, is it a final salary deal and if so will it put the Labour Mayor on over £200,000 a year plus. Is that twice what the PM gets and is he going to give 15% of the £200,000 a year to the unemployed or just 15% of the Mayor only job to the local needy. I am sure Labour voters will want to know.
 
Alan Timmins wrote
at 13:36:24 on 23 January 2017
A friend of mine owns a Business Property in Manchester, employing over 20 people. His Business Rates are over £1000 each month. He gets NOTHING for his £1000. The premises are in the middle of an Industrial area, the surrounding Streets are like Aleppo, there is rubbish everywhere and you wouldn't walk there at night. He has to pay a Skip Company to collect his waste, so he may as well drop the £1000 down the drain each month. No doubt his Business Rates will be increased to help pay for the New Mayor, his/her Staff and all their office/ administration costs, expenses and perks. Somebody is having a laugh at his expense.....but he doesn't find it in the least bit funny !
 
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