DEVOLUTION: A MAYOR FOR LIVERPOOL CITY REGION. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
On Thursday 4 May, the residents of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and the Wirral will elect the first ever Mayor for the Liverpool City Region. The Mayor will represent the Liverpool City Region across the country and around the world. They will work with leaders of local councils (including the Mayor of Liverpool) and businesses to create jobs, improve skills, build homes and make it easier to travel.
The Liverpool City Region Mayor is a separate role to that of the Mayor of Liverpool. The Mayor of Liverpool will continue to have responsibility for running Liverpool City Council services. The Liverpool City Region Mayor and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will be able to:
- invest in local priorities to improve the Liverpool City Region through a new Investment Fund, worth £900 million over 30 years;
- keep more of the business rates that the councils collect from local businesses, to pay for local services;
- set the rules for local bus services, including the routes, timetables and fares (if the Bus Services Bill is approved by Parliament);
- manage local transport and the most important local roads to help people get around more easily;
- set out plans for how land should be used to meet the area’s housing, employment and transport needs;
- give grants to encourage and help local businesses to employ apprentices;
- control adult education services to help local people get the skills they need (if Parliament approves the relevant legislation and the Liverpool City Region meets the conditions set by the Department for Education).
The Government have produced a guide which provides more information about the powers and budgets being passed to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the Mayor, and who is responsible for what. For a copy of the guide go to: