Agenda and minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Friday, 29th June, 2018 1.00 pm

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

Contact: Trudy Bedford  0151 330 1330

Items
No. Item

23.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

          Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Rt Hon J Kennedy (Portfolio Holder – Criminal Justice), Councillor I Moran (Associate Member – West Lancashire Borough Council), Councillor G Neal (Deputy Portfolio Holder – Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation), Councillor S Powell (Deputy Portfolio Holder – Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy), Councillor E Spurrell (Deputy Portfolio Holder – Criminal Justice), Professor Dame J Beer (Mayoral Advisor – Higher Education), Luciana Berger MP (Mayoral Advisor – Mental Health), Reverend Canon Dr E Loudon (Mayoral Advisor – Voluntary and Community Sector) and S Wilde-McKeown (Mayoral Advisor – Visitor Economy).

24.

Armed Forces Memorandum of Understanding

Minutes:

          Metro Mayor S Rotheram highlighted that on behalf of the LCR Combined Authority he had signed the Armed Forces Covenant. Accordingly, this commitment had been developed into a Memorandum of Understanding between the Armed Forces, the six Constituent Local Authorities and the Combined Authority. He outlined how the signing of the Covenant demonstrated the City Region’s ongoing support to Armed Forces personnel and veteran’s.

 

          The Metro Mayor reported that representatives from the Armed Forces were in attendance at today’s meeting to witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding and invited Commodore Waterhouse RN to speak.

 

          Commodore Waterhouse RN thanked the Metro Mayor on behalf of the Armed Forces community and highlighted how today’s Armed Forces personnel thrived on the support they received from the community, which was why the Armed Forces Covenant was important in providing support to personnel and their families. He emphasised how the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding was an important step in re-validating the individual partnerships and the support the City Region was delivering for the Armed Forces community.

 

          Commodore Waterhouse RN highlighted that the Armed Forces Covenant was providing those who served and their families with the reassurance that they would be treated fairly and not disadvantaged. He explained how he had witnessed incredible, measurable support across the North of England where organisations had signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

 

          He highlighted that the Cadet Force was not reflected within the Covenant and suggested that with over 7,000 cadets and 360,000 veterans in the North West they should be. Commodore Waterhouse RN recognised the significant contribution and support families, the local community, third sector, Councillors and Officers from Local Authorities provided to Armed Forces personnel. He also welcomed the Memorandum of Understanding as it would enhance the understanding and delivery of services to the Armed Forces community.

 

          He also recognised the importance of working with the LCR Combined Authority to identify and develop opportunities which enhanced the vision within the Memorandum of Understanding, particularly by assisting in the development of young people across the City Region.

 

          In conclusion, Commodore Waterhouse RN thanked the Metro Mayor, Leaders and Armed Forces champions for their continued support and work they had undertaken.

 

         

25.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

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

26.

Minutes of the LCR Combined Authority meeting held on 31 May 2018 pdf icon PDF 182 KB

Minutes:

          RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 31 May 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Metro Mayor.

27.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Announcements and Updates

Minutes:

          Metro Mayor S Rotheram provided the LCR Combined Authority with a summary of some key activities he had undertaken in recent weeks.

 

          The Metro Mayor congratulated Councillor Derek Long and St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council on winning the Municipal Journal’s award for the best Council in Care and Health Integration.

 

          The Metro Mayor informed the LCR Combined Authority that he had hosted a meeting with England’s Regional Metro Mayors to lobby the Government to introduce further reforms to the skills sector, in particular, recognising that the Apprenticeship Levy policy had resulted in an estimated £1.28billion underspend. The Metro Mayor highlighted that this underspend could fund more than 200,000 apprenticeships and explained how this situation was unacceptable.

 

          The Metro Mayor reported on the ongoing crisis with Northern Rail. He referenced the chaos which the disruption was causing to train users and emphasised how Network Rail had caused this by the failure to deliver planned infrastructure upgrades. He explained that the issues could be addressed through the creation of a devolved Northern Route which would focus on the needs of rail passengers in the North and emphasised the importance of ensuring full power and responsibility is devolved to Transport for the North.

 

          The Metro Mayor highlighted that along with Councillor N Nicholas, Deputy Portfolio Holder – Transport and Air Quality, had attended a major summit on Air Quality. Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was also in attendance at the summit and heard the demands for a modern Clean Air Act, a targeted national vehicle renewal scheme, an enhanced Clean Air Fund and support for business to innovate clean transport technology.

 

          In conclusion, the Metro Mayor highlighted that work was moving closer towards the establishment of a Convention of the North. The Convention would officially launch in September and had a number of agreed ambitions such as developing a pan-Northern position on key issues.

28.

Scrutiny Review of Air Quality across the Liverpool City Region pdf icon PDF 353 KB

To receive the final report and recommendations of the Scrutiny review into Air Quality across the Liverpool City Region.

Minutes:

          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the LCR Overview and Scrutiny Committee which set out the findings of the scrutiny review into Air Quality across the Liverpool City Region.

 

          The Metro Mayor thanked the outgoing Chair, Councillor S McGuire and Members of the Committee who had participated in both this review and the Scrutiny Review of Welfare Reform.

 

          Ms K Pearce, Statutory Scrutiny Officer, reported that the review had recognised that there was a greater need to address poor Air Quality across the City Region. Members had identified seven recommendations which were set out in Appendix One to the report now submitted.  Furthermore, Appendix Two to the report now submitted, highlighted how the Combined Authority would seek to implement the recommendations arising from the review.

 

          RESOLVED – That: -

 

(i)              the report of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee attached at Appendix A of the report now submitted be welcomed; and

 

(ii)             the draft response attached at Appendix B to the report now submitted be agreed and be reported back to the next available meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

29.

Scrutiny Review of Welfare Reform pdf icon PDF 261 KB

To receive the final report and recommendations of the scrutiny review into Welfare Reform.

Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the LCR Overview and Scrutiny Committee which set out the findings of the scrutiny review into Welfare Reform in the Liverpool City Region.

 

          Ms K Pearce, Statutory Scrutiny Officer, reported that the review had recognised that there were examples of best practice of the rollout of Universal Credit across the City Region and also identified issues with Universal Credit.  Members had identified three key recommendations which were set out in Appendix One to the report now submitted.  Furthermore,  Appendix Two to the report now submitted highlighted how the Combined Authority would seek to implement the recommendations arising from the review.

 

          RESOLVED – That: -

 

(i)              the report of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee attached at Appendix A of the report now submitted be welcomed; and

 

(ii)             the draft response attached at Appendix B to the report now submitted be agreed and be reported back to the next available meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

30.

Combined Authority Financial Performance Report 2017/18 Outturn pdf icon PDF 533 KB

To consider the report of the Treasurer.

Minutes:

          The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Treasurer which set out the outturn position for the financial year 2017/18. The report also provided an update on the Authority’s outturn Treasury Management performance against its agreed Treasury Management Strategy.

 

          The report indicated that the revised estimates for the Single Investment Framework (SIF) revenue scheme were based on assumptions that a number of pipeline projects would have their Final Business Cases approved and Grant Funding Agreements (GFA) during 2017/18. Therefore, the actual spend was lower than forecast and as a consequence this would require rephrasing of spend into 2018/19.

 

          In summary, the LCR Combined Authority was informed that during the 2017/18 financial year, both the Combined Authority and Merseytravel had continued to operate within the resources available to them.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the revenue and capital outturn position for 2017/18 be noted; and

 

(ii)             the Treasury Management Outturn report for 2017/18 be approved.

31.

Public Question Time pdf icon PDF 336 KB

Members of the public will be given an 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 and valid questions will be circulated at the meeting.

 

Members of the public who wish to submit questions are asked to contact Democratic Services either by:

Email: democratic.services@merseytravel.gov.uk

Telephone: 0151 330 1330

In writing: Democratic Services, Merseytravel, No.1 Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN.

 

A pro-forma will be supplied which for this meeting must be returned by 5.00pm on Monday 25 June 2018.  

Minutes:

          Members of the public were given the opportunity to submit questions in accordance with Meetings Standing Order No.11.

 

          The Metro Mayor reported that two questions had been received from Dr G Woodcock, Unlock Democracy. In this respect Dr G Woodcock directed the following two questions to the LCR Combined Authority: -

 

          ‘Question One

 

          Unlock Democracy welcomes the opportunity to ask questions to the LCRCA and values the undertaking that there will usually be a response within a specified number of working days. We understand that similar public bodies such as the Liverpool CCG make provision for the replies, not only to be sent directly to the person or organisation submitting the questions, but that the responses should also be in the public domain and included in the minutes. It this request is approved, perhaps the previous responses to Unlock Democracy could also be included in the minutes of the next meeting.

 

          Question Two

 

          Unlock Democracy has expressed concern that the three previous Overview and Scrutiny Committees have been inquorate. The meeting scheduled for 6 June 2018 was deemed to be unconstitutional and the next meeting, we understand, is now scheduled for September. What measures are being proposed in future to remedy these serious shortcomings?’

 

          The Metro Mayor reported that a full written response would be provided within 10 working days.

         

32.

Petitions and Statements

Members of the public will be given an opportunity to submit a single petition or statement in accordance with Meetings Standing Orders No.11.

 

Members of the public who wish to submit questions are asked to contact Democratic Services either by:

Email: democratic.services@merseytravel.gov.uk

Telephone: 0151 330 1330

In writing: Democratic Services, Merseytravel, No.1 Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN.

 

All petitions and statements should be submitted to Merseytravel, using the contact details above by 5.00pm on Monday 25 June 2018.  

 

Minutes:

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

33.

Nomination Report pdf icon PDF 23 KB

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

Minutes:

          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Interim Head of Paid Service which outlined the appointments to the Committees of the Combined Authority and also detailed a number of Officer appointments to the LCR Combined Authority.

 

          RESOLVED – That: -

 

(i)              Councillor Jean Stapleton (Labour – Wirral MBC) be appointment to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee;

 

(ii)             Councillor R Polhill be appointed as a substitute Member to the Audit and Governance Committee;

 

(iii)           Councillor W Simon (Liverpool City Council) and Councillor G Davies (Wirral MBC) be appointed as the substitute Members to the Chrysalis Board;

 

(iv)           Councillor G Morgan and Councillor D Long be appointed to the Workforce Engagement Board; and

 

(v)             the appointment of Officers be agreed as set out in the table below:-

 

Subject Area

Lead Officer

Where appropriate working in consultation with the nominated Constituent Local Authority Chief Executive

Head of Paid Service

Frank Rogers (Interim)

Not Applicable

Treasurer

John Fogarty

Not Applicable

Governance

Jill Coule

David Parr

Statutory Scrutiny Officer

Kirsty Pearce

David Parr

Statutory Data Protection Officer

Andrew Henderson

Not Applicable

Transport and Air Quality

Mick Noone

Not Applicable

Business Growth and Brexit

Mark Bousfield

Mark Basnett

Inclusive Growth, Economic Development,  Digital and Innovation

Mark Bousfield

Eric Robinson

Energy and Renewables

Frank Rogers (Interim)

David Parr

Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy

Kirsty Pearce

Catherine Garnell

Public Service Reform and Further Devolution

Kirsty Pearce

Mike Harden

Education, Employment, Apprenticeships and Skills

Kirsty Pearce

Margaret Carney

Housing and Spatial Planning

Kirsty Pearce

Mike Palin

Policy and Resources, Strategy and Delivery

Frank Rogers (Interim)

Not Applicable

Criminal Justice

Frank Rogers (Interim)

David Parr

 

34.

Draft Minutes of the Transport Committee held on 7 June 2018 pdf icon PDF 157 KB

Minutes:

          RESOLVED – Subject to approval by the Transport Committee, the minutes of the Transport Committee held on 7 June 2018 were received as a correct record and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.