HC Home Affairs Committee: Police and Crime Commissioners – Here to stay: this report says that Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are here to stay, but warns of a lack of competition for Chief Constable vacancies and the need for more transparency. As the first four year term of PCCs draws to a close, the Select Committee says that the PCCs who will be elected in May must prioritise consolidating the work of their predecessors before considering further expansions of their role and powers. (25 March 2016)

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Election of Mayor with Police and Crime Commissioner Functions) Order 2016 (SI 2016/448): this Order, which comes into force on 30 March 2016, makes essential provision in preparation for the introduction of a directly elected mayor for the area of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), whose functions will include functions previously exercised by the PCC for Greater Manchester. The order provides that the GMCA area is to have a directly elected mayor, and sets out provisions regarding  elections to the role of mayor and the term of office, the exercise of PCC functions; and transitional matters. (29 March 2016)