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Mayors: Elections

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 18th June 2019.

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Photo of Lord Grocott Lord Grocott Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 27 May (HL15627), what was the cost of running each of the most recent eight mayoral elections.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Costs of elections of combined authority mayors are met by the combined authorities and this information is held locally. Certain combined authorities have also reported and published their running expenses for conducting elections in their General Fund Revenue Account Outturns and these are set out in the table below:

Combined authority

Year of election

£ (thousands)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough


£1,151 (2017-18 return)

Liverpool City Region


£1,532 (2016-17 return) + £630 (2017-18 return) = £2,162

Tees Valley


£1,083 (2017-18 return)

West Midlands


£4,318 (2017-18 return)

West of England


£1,534 (2017-18 return)

Link to the 17-18 data (attached):


Link to the 16-17 data (attached):


16-17 data (Excel SpreadSheet, 598.53 KB)
17-18 data (Excel SpreadSheet, 538.67 KB)

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