Agenda and minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Friday, 2nd February, 2018 1.00 pm

Venue: Authority Chamber - No.1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP

Contact: Trudy Bedford  0151 330 1330

Items
No. Item

137.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Mayor J Anderson OBE, Councillor A Moorhead, Councillor B Grunewald, Mr A Hamid MBE, Rt Hon J Kennedy, Councillor T O’Neill (Associate Member), Councillor I Moran (Associate Member), Barbara Spicer (Mayoral Advisor – Social Housing Growth), Luciana Berger MP (Mayoral Advisor – Mental Health), Professor Dame Janet Beer (Mayoral Advisor – Higher Education), Reverend Canon Dr E Loudon (Mayoral Advisor – Voluntary and Community Sector), Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE (Mayoral Advisor – Natural Environment), Sara Wilde-McKeown (Mayoral Advisor – Visitor Economy) and Lynn Collins (Chairperson of the Fairness and Social Justice Board).

138.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

It was reported that no declarations of interest had been received.

139.

Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 19 January 2018 pdf icon PDF 150 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 19 January 2018 be approved as a correct record.

140.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Announcements and Updates

To receive updates from the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.

Minutes:

The Metro Mayor reported that this item would be deferred to the next meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

141.

Liverpool City Region Single Investment Fund pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Head of Paid Service.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered the report of the Interim Head of Paid Service which sought approval of the Full Business Case of the Quarry Farm project.

 

            Members attention was drawn to Appendix One of the report now submitted which set out the details of the project, in particular highlighting that if approved the project would comprise of 18 managed flexible workshop units and a management controlling centre which would bring unused land in Knowsley into use. The evaluation of the project had been assessed and it would offer good value for money and had the potential to create 33 full time equivalent posts.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)      the Full Business Case in relation to the Quarry Farm project and the award of Single Investment Fund grant support in the sum of a maximum grant of £0.465m capital be approved; and

 

(ii)     authority be granted to the Interim Head of Paid Service to negotiate detailed terms and conditions of the grant funding agreement in consultation with the Combined Authority Interim Monitoring Officer and Combined Authority Treasurer. Any material variations to the project as detailed in this report be referred back to the Combined Authority for consideration.

142.

Mayoral Combined Authority Budget Setting Report 2018/19 (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 748 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Corporate Services.

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered the report of the Director of Corporate Services which sought approval of the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Combined Authority Budget for 2018/19.The report also set out the proposed 2018/19 budgets for the Transport Levy mechanism and the scheduling of the Mersey Tunnel Tolls. Furthermore, in relation to the transport activities of the Combined Authority the report set out a differential levy which had to be established for Halton.

 

          Metro Mayor S Rotheram reported that this was the first time in which a Mayoral Combined Authority budget would be set for the Liverpool City Region and reflected on how this was a proud moment and would drive forward change for the City Region. He paid tribute to the Leaders of the six constituent Local Authorities who had been the architects for devolution in the area.

 

          He continued by referencing the devolution agreement which had delivered £900 million of funding over 30 years and had been enhanced by securing a further £0.500 billion since he was elected as Metro Mayor. He went on to set out some of the big ticket proposals such as the tidal project, digital connectivity and the use of the devolved powers of the Buses Act which through the mayoral Budget proposals, would bring about transformational change across the City Region.

 

          The Metro Mayor explained that work had already begun to create investments in the City Region and it was envisaged that by 2020, 2,000 extra apprenticeships and 5,000 jobs would have been created and 25,000 new homes would have been built.

 

          In conclusion, the Metro Mayor highlighted that due to the Constitution of the Combined Authority, as the Metro Mayor he was presenting the budget proposals for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to consider. However, he recognised that the development of the budget proposals had been a team effort and wished to thank the Members of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Officers for their productive discussions to enable the budget proposals to be presented.

 

          John Fogarty, Director of Corporate Services, informed the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority that as this was the first budget to be presented by the Metro Mayor, there was a requirement to separately identify those costs associated with the exercise of the new Mayoral powers. This information was detailed in Table One of the report now submitted.

 

          It was reported that the budget proposals had presented a financial challenge for the Metro Mayor and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority who had sought to minimise the impact on local taxpayers through an innovative financial package which would allow the Metro Mayor to fund his commitments. However, it was recognised that a long-term sustainable solution would have to be identified for the 2019/20 financial year.

 

          Members were provided with a summary of the key elements of the Mayoral budget proposals which included the transport levy for 2018/19 which would remain frozen, with Merseytravel being asked to identify significant savings and an introduction  ...  view the full minutes text for item 142.

143.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Appointment pdf icon PDF 103 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Head of Paid Service.

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered the report of the Interim Head of Paid Service which sought approval to an appointment to the Liverpool City Region Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

            It was reported that following confirmation from Liverpool City Council, Councillor Tricia O’Brien (Labour) would be replacing Councillor Alan Dean (Labour) on the LCR Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

            RESOLVED – That the nomination outlined above be approved.

144.

Public Question Time

Members of the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions which have been submitted in accordance with Meetings Standing Orders No. 11. A period of 30 minutes will be allocated for this item. Copies of valid questions will be circulated at the meeting,

 

Public questions should be submitted to Knowsley Council Democratic Services by 5.00pm on Monday 29 January 2018.

 

By email to: trudy.bedford@knowsley.gov.uk

 

In writing to: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Democratic Services, PO Box 26, Municipal Building, Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley LE6 9YU.

Minutes:

          The Metro Mayor reported that no public questions had been received.

145.

Petitions and Statements

Members of the public will be given the opportunity to submit a single petition or statement in accordance with Meetings Standing Orders No.11. Petitions and Statements should be submitted to Knowsley Council Democratic Services by 5.00pm on Monday 29 January 2018.

 

By email to: trudy.bedford@knowsley.gov.uk

 

In writing to: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Democratic Services, PO Box 26, Municipal Buildings, Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 9YU.

Minutes:

          The Metro Mayor reported that no petitions or statements had been received.

146.

Minutes of the Transport Committee held on 4 January 2018 pdf icon PDF 230 KB

Minutes:

          RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Transport Committee held on 4 January 2018 were received and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

147.

Minutes of the LCR Appointments and Disciplinary Committee meeting held on

148.

17 November 2017 pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Minutes:

          RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Appointments and Disciplinary Committee held on 17 November 2017 were received and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

149.

23 November 2017 pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Minutes:

          RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Appointments and Disciplinary Committee held on 23 November 2017 were received and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.