The next meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority takes place next week.
The meeting, on Friday 21 November, will include developments relating to economic development, transport and housing across the City Region.
Proposals for greater devolved powers and funding to the Liverpool City Region will be discussed. Against the background of current national debate around greater devolution of budgets, resources and powers from Whitehall, and the recent announcement about the Greater Manchester devolution deal, a report will be presented which sets out the Liverpool City Region’s outline proposals for devolved powers and funding.
Following the Government’s £230 million funding announcement for the Liverpool City Region in July, updates will be presented on the implementation of the Growth Deal. The Growth deal includes a transport package, enhancements to the connectivity and attractiveness of the City Centre as a place to visit, do business and live, a range of activities to support growth in the economy as well as ensuring educational establishments are providing training and learning which are aligned to the needs of businesses.
Transport updates will include reports on One North, which outlines the case for sustained investment in the North of England’s transport infrastructure, and the Mersey Gateway, which will create a new six lane toll bridge over the Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes, relieving traffic congestion.
An update on how the Liverpool City Region’s affordable homes programme is progressing will also be presented. The City Region has been allocated £36.8 million for the development of 1,900 affordable homes between 2015 and 2018.
In addition, there will be a proposal to amend the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Constitution in order to make provision for associate membership of the Combined Authority.
The meeting will take place at 11am on Friday, 21 November at Mann Island, Liverpool. The agenda and supporting papers can be found on Knowsley Council’s website – www.knowsley.gov.uk