The Liverpool City Region is one of the few areas that has led the way on ‘devolution agreements’ that will move decision-making on crucial public services like local transport, housing, health and skills training closer to local people.
Achievements since 2014
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority was established in April 2014 and over the last two years, it has achieved a great deal:
- £150 million investment in 14 transport improvement schemes
- £9 million of Growth Deal funding invested in the International Festival for Business 2016 and Littlewoods Studios (a project that will transform the empty iconic Littlewoods building on Edge Lane into state-of-the-art film studios)
- £21.5 million invested in over 30 projects to enhance current learning facilities or build new ones
- the identification of key housing and development sites across the region to drive future economic growth
This is just the start!
Initial devolution agreement
We made our devolution agreements with Government in November 2015 and March 2016 showing how the Liverpool City Region’s 1.5 million people could benefit from a new kind of local control of vital aspects that impact on the region, their life, the local economy and their future. The initial devolution agreement secured £900 million of funding and identified a number of priority areas where resources and decision making would be devolved from central Government to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the Liverpool City Region Mayor.
Focusing on local priorities
The priority areas are employment and skills, housing and planning, transport, innovation, business growth and support, energy, culture and finance. Devolution means that decisions about these priority issues will be made locally, by people who know the area better (and the challenges we face) than people in Whitehall.
In addition to greater funding and control over decision making, part of the devolution deal was also a commitment to have a directed elected Mayor for the Liverpool City Region in May 2017.
Furthermore, in March 2016, further powers and responsibilities were announced giving the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority additional new powers over transport, piloting the 100% business rates retention approach across the Liverpool City Region, plus working in partnership with the Government on children’s services, health, housing and justice.
Specific powers that will be devolved
In order for devolution to happen under a Mayoral Combined Authority, we need to review the functions and governance arrangements of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. In addition, we need to set out the specific powers to be devolved from Government to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) and directly elected Mayor in a Scheme. LCRCA won’t be using its proposed powers alone – but rather in partnership with the six local councils (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral), Government and other public bodies.
Tell us your views on the new devolution powers
This Review and Scheme has now been published and we now need your views on the legal powers proposed for the LCRCA in the Scheme and the associated governance arrangements. We will outline what the proposals, inform you of where to find more detail if you need it, and ask for your comments.
You can tell us your views on the new devolution powers by completing the online survey, via email or in writing. The closing date for feedback is Friday, 5 August 2016 and further information, including Frequently Asked
To have your say go to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority website