Should Sheffield have an Elected Mayor?Posted: February 20, 2012
On May 3rd this year Sheffield, along with 9 other English cities (including Wakefield, Manchester and Leeds), will hold a referendum on whether to have an Elected Mayor. This would mean moving away from the current Cabinet-based council system to an Executive model with council powers concentrated into a single individual elected by voters across the city. If the referendum is successful then elections will be held in November. The referendums were initiated by the recent passing of the Localism Act in November 2011.
At yesterday’s meeting of the Steering Group we discussed the mayoral referendum and whether to support, oppose or remain neutral on the issue. It was noted that so far there had been little public information and discussion of the relative merits of either side. It was eventually agreed that Sheffield for Democracy would be a neutral party in the debate and would seek to provide a platform for discussion and to encourage participation in the elections to ensure the legitimacy of the result.
We are therefore inviting guest blogpost contributions to the debate to put forward the arguments in favour or against changing to an elected mayoral system, or even to provide a neutral view. Contributions are welcome from supporters of any political parties or none or any charity or organisation concerned with local democracy. For fairness we ask that contributions are limited to around 500 words (a single side of A4). Please email your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.