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Mayors: Elections

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN HL16149, tabled on 6 June 2019

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.

Answered on

18 June 2019

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):