Croydon to get directly-elected mayor

By Laura Sharman | 08 October 2021

Croydon LBC will be run by a directly-elected mayor after the vast majority of voters backed the move in a referendum.

In the referendum, 47,165 voters said they wanted the council to adopt a directly-elected mayoral model, with only 11,519 voters backing the current leader and cabinet model.

A non-statutory rapid review earlier this year uncovered 'significant failings in the leadership and management' at the council.

It followed the council being forced to issue a second Section 114 notice, having failed to balance its budget.

As a result, the Government was forced to provide the council with a £120m bailout in March.

The current system will remain in place until May, when residents will vote for a directly-elected mayor who will lead the council.

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