Government consultation on Combined Authority for the Liverpool City Region

Published on: Thursday, 09-January-2014

A proposal was submitted to Government on 30 September 2013 recommending the creation of a Combined Authority for the Liverpool City Region.  This followed a series of consultation with businesses and residents across the City Region which identified there was strong support locally to create a Combined Authority. 

The Government is now inviting feedback through a further statutory consultation, which commenced on Thursday, 28 November 2013. 

The Liverpool City Region local authorities, working with the Local Enterprise Partnership and Merseytravel, have carried out a review of strategic governance arrangements.  The review concluded a Combined Authority was the preferred option. 

Becoming a Combined Authority would not result in the formation of a ‘super council’.  It would mean improving strategic decision making in the areas of transport, housing, economic development and skills and maximising funding opportunities from Government.  A Combined Authority for Liverpool City Region would help to grow the economy and jobs, which would be a great boost for the area.

To find out more about the Government’s consultation and how to feedback comments, visit www.gov.uk/government/consultations/proposal-to-establish-a-combined-authority-for-greater-merseyside.

 The consultation closes on 22 January 2014.

The Liverpool City Region consists of the local authority areas of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral.