v. Education and skills
vi. Carbon reductions and environmental improvement
The mayoral strategies should be given statutory status and the
government should incorporate the strategies in its own national
In addition, each mayor should commission and publish a condition
of the people report analysing the social imbalances, the scale
of health statistics and other indicators of relevant advantage or
disadvantage upon which political priorities can be based.
11. The role of mayor and Police Commissioner should be combined.
12. With immediate effect, the government should transfer day-to-day
responsibility to Combined Authority mayors for these services:
l Affordable housing
l Schools performance
l The skills budget
l The unemployment and employment programmes
13. There are two big decisions required in a new financial deal for
Combined Authority mayors. Both relate largely to capital funding.
The government is presently considering the future concept of the
present European structural funds amounting to €10.9bn.
In addition, George Osborne created a single pot by top-slicing part
of the central housing, skills and transport budgets to create a £12bn
fund to be distributed annually over the period 2015-2021. This fund
reverted to its functional subdivisions as soon as he left the Treasury.
A new composite fund embracing both these concepts and including
the Transport Capital block grant should be created. Part of this