LCR welcomes devolution talks

Published on: Thursday, 10-September-2015

Following the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s submission to Government on a devolution package, City Region Leaders, the Mayor of Liverpool and Chief Executives met with Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, today.

Any devolution deal would enable decision making, control and resources to be made at a regional level rather than by central Government.

Cllr Phil Davies, Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said “I am pleased the Secretary of State visited Liverpool City Region today to kick-start our devolution negotiations. This deal is the first, but a huge, step towards bridging the gap in wealth and well-being between the North and the South.

"The Government will be well aware that for every pound spent on infrastructure in Merseyside, £24 is invested in London and the South. That degree of inequality cannot continue and the Government has the opportunity, and responsibility, to support economic growth across the whole country.

 “Our devolution asks are just the start of a process of re-balancing the economy, offering new opportunities to Liverpool City Region residents and closing the North-South divide. Jobs, skills, infrastructure and transport are all important goals and we are expecting the government's full support for the programmes and projects we have identified.

"Securing a devolution deal that works for all the residents of Liverpool City Region is our goal. Central to achieving that is gaining the power, funding and freedom to be able to deliver our plan to make a real difference in the day-to-day lives of local people.”

As discussions with the Government progress, further engagement with the public, businesses and other stakeholders will be arranged.

You can also read the full list of asks included in the devolution submission.