Published: 6th Feb 2012

So now all the sound and fury of the mayoral referendum is over what next for Salford? In May we will have an elected mayor and we need to understand what that means. The yes campaign did not spend much time arguing about the merits of different local government systems. They told people it was possible to half the council tax without damaging services and for families suffering as a result of the activities of central government it was a tempting theory. Indeed some may be wondering why voting yes has not changed immediately the level of council tax. They did not need to convince many voters, especially as the total yes vote only amounted to some 10% of the electorate. There were others who voted yes for more confused reasons. There were some who were confused by the question and they told us afterwards that they voted yes to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)