The Liverpool Daily Post confirms today that the city’s council is planning to move directly to an elected mayor model in May, rather than wait for the results of a referendum.
The Post says the change of heart by council leader Joe Anderson came about after negotiations with the Chancellor George Osborne and cities minister Greg Clark, who offered up a £75m ‘Mayor’s fund’ which Anderson said would be used on scholl improvements.
Councils are able to choose an elected mayor model under current legislation if two thirds of councillors vote in favour. Liverpool is planning a vote in early February to confirm the move.
Read the full report here.