Devolution and the Mayoral Elections

Despite the General Election, there was considerable media coverage of the mayoral elections in six city regions and sub-regions on Thursday 4 May 2017. The success of Conservative candidates in four areas heightened the interest! The six areas are Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (Conservative), Greater Manchester (Labour), Liverpool City Region (Labour), Tees Valley (Conservative), West Midlands (Conservative) and the West of England (Conservative). More details can be found in Appendix One.

The aims of this briefing paper are threefold and are to:

  • Highlight the emerging housing challenges and opportunities in each of these six areas
  • Focus briefly on the growing number of reports on housing and devolution
  • Provide an update on the broader devolution debate.

The Housing Quality Network is also producing a series of briefing papers on regional initiatives (eg, the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine – both of which have already been published) and on London. It will, in addition, be issuing a comprehensive briefing on devolution and housing later this year.

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