On May 2, voters will choose the leader of a new combined authority, with the mayor taking over the powers of current Police Fire and Crime Commissioner, Zoe Metcalfe.
North Yorkshire Council officers have prepared a report detailing the new mayor’s budget in their first year, revealing that they will receive £18m from the government’s mayoral investment fund. This funding will be used for local priorities such as transport infrastructure or housing schemes.
The 2024/25 budget, spread across 15 months to prepare for the formation of the new authority, includes £6m allocated towards staff and election costs, as well as other overheads. Additionally, £4.5m will be spent on staff salaries throughout the year.
City of York and North Yorkshire councillors overseeing the creation of the combined authority are set to approve the budget at a meeting on Monday.
Details of the budget are available to read here: https://edemocracy.northyorks.gov.uk/documents/s27449/Combined%20Authority%20Budget%20202324%20and%20202425.pdf
The candidates for mayor include independent Keith Tordoff, former soldier Kevin Foster for the Green Party, Malton councillor Keane Duncan for the Conservative Party, and local business owner David Skaith for the Labour Party. The Liberal Democrats have not yet announced their candidate.