Making the Most of Mayors recommends that:

  • Mayors should concentrate on developing relationships that will help them to make the most of their "soft" powers, including influencing investment decisions and education and training
  • They should have a veto over the appointment of the chief executive of the council
  • The role of councillors should change so that they are more focused on improving the quality of outcomes for local people when scrutinising policy
  • The government should commission an independent review to assess the optimum number of councillors in areas that have switched to the mayoral model.