Local Heroes: Why Scotland Needs Directly-Elected Mayors
DIRECTLY-ELECTED MAYORS CAN BE SCOTLAND’S LOCAL HEROES
Reform Scotland, the independent, non-partisan think tank, today calls on the incoming Scottish Government to endorse the creation of an elected mayoralty in every Scottish local authority.
In its new report, ‘Local Heroes: Why Scotland Needs Directly-Elected Mayors’ (Download below), produced in partnership with the Scottish Policy Foundation, the think tank concludes that local democratic accountability has been eroded since devolution, and recommends a mayor directly elected by all voters across the authority area, working alongside proportionately-elected ward councillors.
Reform Scotland’s report finds that mayoralties would create a more transparent and vibrant environment, drive local economies, and enhance local awareness of the work of councils.
Former First Minister Lord McConnell will today (Wednesday) participate in a Zoom discussion, along with former Cabinet Minister Lord Adonis, on how to revitalise and empower local government.
The paper highlights a variety of options based on mayoralties around the world, including a similar model in Auckland, New Zealand, where the directly elected mayor is ‘first among equals’ working with a unitary council.