Agenda and minutes

Annual Meeting, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Thursday, 31st May, 2018 1.00 pm

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

Contact: Trudy Bedford  0151 330 1330

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillor I Maher, Mr A Hamid MBE, Rt Hon Jane Kennedy, Councillor I Moran, (Associate Member), Councillor N Nicholas (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality), Councillor S Powell (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy), Kate Farrell (Mayoral Advisor – Homelessness), Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE (Mayoral Advisor – Natural Environment), Reverend Canon Dr Ellen Loudon (Mayoral Advisor – Voluntary and Community Sector), Luciana Berger MP (Mayoral Advisor – Mental Health), Sara Wilde-McKeown (Mayoral Advisor – Visitor Economy) and Lynn Collins (Chairperson of the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board).

2.

Metro Mayor's Announcement

Minutes:

            The Metro Mayor welcomed Councillor Graham Morgan (Leader – Knowsley MBC) to his first meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. He also took the opportunity to welcome the Deputy Portfolio Holders to their first meeting.

 

            On behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, the Metro Mayor wished Mike Palin, Chief Executive – St Helens MBC, a full recovery and sent him their best wishes.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

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

4.

Update of Constitution (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Policy, Finance and Resources and Digital Innovation and the Interim Monitoring Officer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

          The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered the report of the Portfolio Holder: Policy, Finance and Resources, Digital and Innovation and the Interim Monitoring Officer which set out a number of proposed revisions to the Constitution. The amendments included the following:-

 

·         Part 2 – this table be augmented following the passing of the Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009;

·         Part 3 – the existing Audit and Standards Committee be merged to create the Audit and Governance Committee;

·         Part 3 – substitute Members be allowed for the newly created Audit and Governance Committee;

·         Part 8 – this section details the Statutory Orders for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and it is proposed that this be removed as the information could be readily accessible via other sources;

·         A definition of Lead Officers be included.

 

RESOLVED – That the revised Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Constitution, as detailed in the report now submitted, be agreed.

 

         

5.

Combined Authority Nominations 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered a report of the Interim Head of Paid Service which outlined the nominations to the Combined Authority following the Annual Meetings of the constituent Councils.

 

The Interim Head of Paid Service reported that as the LCR Combined Authority staffing structure is developing, the newly appointed Officers would be appointed to the role of Lead Officer and they would work collaboratively with the Chief Executives from the Local Authorities. . The Chief Executive’s from the Constituent Local Authorities would be aligned to support their respective Leader would work collaboratively with the respective Chief Executive from the Constituent Local Authorities. A report would be presented to the next meeting of the Authority to seek approval for this proposal.

 

A further document was also tabled setting out the nominations that had been made since the agenda had been published and also included nominations to the appointment of Portfolio and Deputy Portfolio Holders. Taking the tabled document into account, the nominations were as follows:-

 

Combined Authority

 

 

Appointment

Substitute appointment

Halton Council

Councillor R Polhill

Councillor M Wharton

Knowsley MBC

Councillor G Morgan

Councillor S Donnelly

Liverpool CC

Mayor J Anderson OBE

To be confirmed

Sefton MBC

Councillor I Maher

Councillor J Fairclough

St Helens MBC

Councillor D Long

Councillor A Bowden

Wirral MBC

Councillor P Davies

Councillor G Davies

 

Local Enterprise Partnership

 

Appointment

Substitute appointment

Local Enterprise Partnership

Mr Asif Hamid MBE

To be confirmed

 

Associate Members

 

 

Appointment

Substitute appointment

Warrington BC

To be confirmed

To be confirmed

West Lancashire BC

Councillor I Moran

Councillor F McKenna

 

 

 

 

 

 

            Portfolio Holders

 

Portfolio

Nomination

Business Growth and Brexit

Mr A Hamid MBE

Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation

Councillor P Davies

Energy and Renewables

Councillor R Polhill

Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy

Mayor J Anderson OBE

Public Service Reform and Further Devolution

Councillor G Morgan

Education, Employment, Apprenticeships and Skills

Councillor I Maher

Housing and Spatial Planning

Councillor D Long

Policy and Resources, Strategy and Delivery

Metro Mayor S Rotheram

Transport and Air Quality*

Chair of the Transport Committee

Criminal Justice*

Rt Hon Jane Kennedy

*Indicates non-voting co-opted member

 

Deputy Portfolio Holders

 

Portfolio

Nomination

Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation

Councillor G Neal

Energy and Renewables

Councillor G Wood

Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy

Councillor S Powell

Public Service Reform and Further Devolution

Councillor P Sinnot

Education, Employment, Apprenticeships and Skills

Councillor L Robertson –Collins

Housing and Spatial Planning

Councillor P Hardy

Policy and Resources, Strategy and Delivery

Councillor C Thomas

Transport and Air Quality

Councillor N Nicholas

Criminal Justice

Councillor E Spurrell

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the appointments from the Consituent Councils and the Local Entrerpise Partnership to the Combined Authority be noted;

 

(ii)             the appointments from the Associate Members to the Combined Authority be noted;

 

(iii)           the appointment of non-voting Members as set out in Section 5 of the report now submitted be approved;

 

(iv)           the appointment of the Portfolio and Deputy Portfolio Holders as set out in Section 6 and 7 of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Appointments to Combined Authority Committees 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 119 KB

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

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered a report of the Interim Head of Paid Service which outlined the appointments to the Committees of the Combined Authority.

 

          A further document was also tabled setting out the appointments which had been made since the agenda had been published.

 

          Taking the tabled document into account, the appointments were as follows:-

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

 

Members

Halton Council

Cllr K Wainwright (Labour)

Cllr B Woolfall (Labour)

To be confirmed (Labour)

Knowsley MBC

Cllr K McGlashan (Labour)

Cllr E Finneran (Labour)

Cllr C Cashman (Liberal Democrat)

Liverpool CC

Cllr T O’Brien (Labour)

Cllr P Hurley (Labour)

To be confirmed (Labour)

Sefton MBC

Cllr P Murphy (Labour)

Cllr S Marshall (Labour)

To be confirmed (Labour)

St Helens MBC

Cllr D Baines (Labour)

Cllr M Bond (Labour)

Cllr N Charlton (Labour)

Wirral MBC

Cllr M Sullivan (Labour)

To be confirmed (Labour)

Cllr T Anderson (Conservative)

LCR Conservative Group nomination

One nomination (To be confirmed)

LCR Liberal Democrat Group nomination

Cllr J Pugh (Sefton MBC)

 

Transport Committee

 

 

Members

Halton Council

Cllr J Stockton (Labour)

Cllr H Howard (Labour)

Cllr G Philbin (Labour)

Cllr C Rowe (Liberal Democrat)

Knowsley MBC

Cllr N Keats (Labour)

Cllrs Mrs M O’Mara MBE (Labour)

Cllr D Baum (Labour)

Cllr Mrs F Wynn (Liberal Democrat)

Liverpool CC

Cllr L Robinson (Labour)

Cllr N Nicholas (Labour)

Cllr H Thompson (Labour)

Cllr A Lavelle (Labour)

Sefton MBC

Cllr A Carr (Labour)

Cllr G Friel (Labour)

Cllr P McKinley (Labour)

Cllr J Dodd (Liberal Democrat)

St Helens MBC

Cllr J Jackson (Labour)

Cllr S Murphy (Labour)

Cllr K Roberts (Labour)

Cllr G Pearl (Liberal Democrat)

Wirral MBC

Cllr R Abbey (Labour)

Cllr S Foulkes (Labour)

Cllr J Williams (Labour)

Cllr P Hayes (Conservative) 

 

Audit and Governance Committee

 

 

Members

Substitute Members

Combined Authority

Councillor D Long (Labour)

 

Councillor I Maher (Labour)

Councillor G Morgan (Labour)

To be confirmed

Overview and Scrutiny Committee

2 Labour Councillors

1 Liberal Democrat Councillor

1 Conservative Councillor

(To be appointed from the membership of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its first meeting)

2 Labour Councillors

1 Liberal Democrat Councillor

1 Conservative Councillor

(To be appointed from the membership of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its first meeting)

Independent Person

A recruitment process for the appointment of an Independent Person is currently being undertaken.

Not applicable

 

Appointments and Disciplinary Committee

 

 

Nominated Representatives

Combined Authority

Metro Mayor S Rotheram

Mayor J Anderson OBE

Councillor G Morgan

Councillor D Long

Councillor I Maher

Councillor R Polhill

Councillor P Davies

 

         

          RESOLVED – That the appointments to the following Committee’s as set out in the amended report now submitted be agreed.

 

         

7.

Timetable of Meetings pdf icon PDF 14 KB

To agree the timetable of meetings as attached.

Minutes:

            A proposed timetable of meetings for the LCR Combined Authority, Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Transport Committee and the Audit and Governance Committee was circulated.

 

            RESOLVED – That the timetable of meetings 2018-19 be noted.

8.

Appointments to External Organisations pdf icon PDF 136 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 appointments to a number of external organisations.

 

The Interim Deputy Monitoring Officer reported that nominations were sought for the following bodies:-

 

·         Chrysalis Fund;

·         Transport for the North (TfN) Partnership Board;

·         Association of Rail North Authority Leaders;

·         Director of Rail North Ltd;

·         Mersey Dee Alliance; and

·         ESIF Committee.

 

RESOLVED – That the nominations to external organisations be agreed as follows:-

 

(i)              Councillor P Davies (Wirral MBC) and Councillor G Miller (Liverpool CC) be appointed to the Chrysalis Board;

(ii)             Dale Milburn (Knowsley MBC), Gregg Stott (Liverpool CC) and Wes Rourke (Halton MBC) be appointed to the Chrysalis Advisory Committee;

(iii)           Metro Mayor S Rotheram and the Chairperson of the Transport Committee be appointed to Transport for the North (TfN) Partnership Board;

(iv)           The Chairperson of the Transport Committee be appointed to the Association of Rail North Authority Leaders and to the Director of Rail North Ltd;

(v)             Authority be delegated to the Interim Head of Paid Service and the Interim Monitoring Officer, in consultation with Councillor P Davies (Leader: Wirral MBC), to nominate a voting representative from Wirral MBC to serve on the Mersey Dee Alliance;

(vi)           Councillor P Davies (Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation) be appointed as a non-voting Member to the Mersey Dee Alliance;

(vii)          Authority be delegated to the Interim Head of Paid Service and the Interim Monitoring Officer, in consultation with Mr A Hamid MBE, Chairperson of the LCR LEP, to nominate an appropriate non-voting representative from the LEP to serve on the Mersey Dee Alliance; and

(viii)        Councillors P Davies, Councillor D Cargill, Councillor E Jones and Councillor L Robinson be appointed to the European Structural and Investment Funding Committee (ESIF).

9.

Review of LCR Combined Authority progress during 2017/18

This item provides an opportunity to reflect on the key achievements of the Combined Authority during 2017/18.

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority received a presentation from Metro Mayor S Rotheram, highlighted the key achievements of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority during the 2017-18 Municipal Year including:-

 

·         Summarised the key achievements in establishing the Mayoral Combined Authority;

·         Outlined how the Skills Strategy had been developed and approved along with securing £3.5m to deliver the Households into Work Programme across the City Region;

·         The establishment of the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board, which was chaired by Lynn Collins and ensured fairness and social justice was at the heart of decision making;

·         Highlighted the progress which had been made in respect of planning matters across the City Region, which included the completion of an LCR Brownfield Register;

·         Securing £7.8 million from Central Government to deliver a ‘Housing First’ approach to homelessness along with ongoing work to develop the City Region’s Housing Strategy;

·         Commissioned £25million enhancement package for the Key Route Network of the most important roads across the City Region and securing additional funding to address the backlog of pothole’s which require repairing;

·         The construction of a £19million railway line connecting to North Wales via the Halton Curve;

·         Supporting the International Business Festival 2018, along with a number securing £5million to support growth of digital and creative businesses through the LCR Activate programme;

·         Approved a £5million Cultural Programme for 2018 to support the arrangements to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the Capital of Culture;

·         The establishment of the Mersey Tidal Commission which was chaired by Brent Cheshire and undertaking feasibility study to look at the issues of poor air quality across the City Region;

·         Identified a number of key issues for the Combined Authority which included the establishment of the Brexit Sounding Board, the development of the local Industrial Strategy, delivering cultural events and the Adult Education Budget and the Households into Work Programme.

 

In conclusion, the Metro Mayor emphasised that the forthcoming municipal year would see the Combined Authority focusing on delivery and securing further devolution opportunities from Central Government.  

 

RESOLVED – That the key achievements highlighted in the presentation be noted.

10.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillor I Maher, Mr A Hamid MBE, Rt Hon Jane Kennedy, Councillor I Moran, (Associate Member), Councillor N Nicholas (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality), Councillor S Powell (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy), Kate Farrell (Mayoral Advisor – Homelessness), Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE (Mayoral Advisor – Natural Environment), Reverend Canon Dr Ellen Loudon (Mayoral Advisor – Voluntary and Community Sector), Luciana Berger MP (Mayoral Advisor – Mental Health), Sara Wilde-McKeown (Mayoral Advisor – Visitor Economy) and Lynn Collins (Chairperson of the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board).

 

11.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

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

12.

Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 20 April 2018 pdf icon PDF 143 KB

Minutes:

            RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 20 April 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Metro Mayor.

13.

Metro Mayor Announcements and Updates

Minutes:

            The Metro Mayor withdrew this item from the agenda.

14.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Annual Governance Statement 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Corporate Services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

            The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered the report of the Director of Corporate Services which presented the Authority’s Annual Governance Statement for 2017/18.

 

            Members were informed that the Annual Governance Statement was a key element of the Authority’s governance framework, which enabled a self-assessment to be undertaken against the CIPFA/SOLACE Framework for Delivering Good Governance in Local Government.

 

            RESOLVED – That the Annual Governance Statement for 2017/18 be approved.

15.

Internal Audit and Risk Management Documents pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To consider the report of the Treasurer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

            The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered the report of the Treasurer which set out the proposed Internal Audit arrangements for the Combined Authority during 2018/1 and the ongoing development of the Corporate Risk Register. The following documents were presented for approval:-

 

·                Internal Audit Plan of Work 2018/19;

·                Internal Audit Charter;

·                Internal Audit Quality Assurance and Improvement Programme;

·                Risk Management Strategy; and

·                Corporate Risks.

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)        the proposed Internal Audit arrangements for the Combined Authority for 2018/19 be noted;

(ii)       the 2018/19 Internal Audit Plan of work be approved;

(iii)      the Internal Audit Charger and the Quality Assurance and Improvement Programme be approved; and

(iv)      the draft Risk Management Strategy be approved.

16.

Liverpool City Region Single Investment Fund - Shakespeare North Playhouse and Rail Interchange (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 216 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Policy, Finance and Resources, Digital and Innovation and the Interim Head of Paid Service.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered the report of the Portfolio Holder: Policy, Finance and Resources, Digital and Innovation and the Interim Monitoring Officer. The report presented two Full Business Case submissions to the Single Investment Fund in relation to Shakespeare North Playhouse and Prescot Rail Interchange and Public Realm Improvements. 

 

          Councillor G Morgan, Portfolio Holder: Public Service Reform and Further Devolution noted that should the two Full Business Cases be approved, it would bring a world class facility to Prescot and would attract visitors from across the globe. Furthermore, he confirmed that the Playhouse would be open and ready to receive visitors in October 2020 which would also be Knowsley’s year as the Borough of Culture in the City Region.

 

          Professor Dame J Beer, Mayoral Advisor: Higher Education) sought clarity on which educational establishment had been awarded the delivery of the Master’s Degree Programme.

 

          The Combined Authority was informed that discussions were ongoing with Liverpool John Moores University regarding the delivery of the programme. However, the opportunity to broaden the discussions to include the University of Liverpool would be welcomed.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              subject to conditions, the Full Business Cases in relation to Shakespeare North Playhouse and the Prescot Rail Interchange and Public Realm Improvements be agreed;

 

(ii)             it be noted that the Investment Panel recommend that the Prescot Rail Interchange and Public Realm Improvements be made conditional on the Shakespeare North Playhouse, and that the two projects advance together;

 

(iii)           the applicant complete the outstanding areas of further work in both projects; and

 

(iv)           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 variation to the projects as detailed in this report be referred back to the Combined Authority for consideration.

 

17.

Transforming Cities Fund Award (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 355 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 reported that the Authority had been awarded £134 million Transforming Cities Funding from the Department for Transport.

 

          Councillor L Robinson, Portfolio Holder – Transport and Air Quality, welcomed the funding award and drew Members attention to paragraph 3.4 of the report now submitted, which detailed the funding profile from 2018-2022.

 

          Mayor J Anderson OBE welcomed the funding award. In doing so he suggested that in future reports of this nature should outline the funding opportunities which had been lost to Local Authorities in recent years.

 

          Councillor E Spurrell, Deputy Portfolio Holder – Criminal Justice, sought re-assurance that the funding would be used to improve road safety across the City Region.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the £134 million Transforming Cities Fund, which covered a four-year period from 2018/19-2021/22 in the form of a Section 31 grant from the Department for Transport, as per the letter set out in Appendix One to the report now submitted, be agreed; and

 

(ii)             a report be presented to a future meeting of the LCR Combined Authority which sets out the principles and priorities for deploying the funds which would form the basis of the delivery plan that was required.

18.

Public Question Time

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. Copies of valid questions should be submitted to Knowsley Council Democratic Services by 5.00pm on Thursday 24 May 2018. Copies of valid questions will be circulated at the meeting.

 

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 public questions had been received.

19.

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. A period of 30 minutes will be allocated for this item. Copies of valid petitions and statements should be submitted to Knowsley Council Democratic Services by 5.00pm on Thursday 24 May 2018. Copies of valid petitions and statements will be circulated at the meeting.

 

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, L36 9YU.

Minutes:

            The Metro Mayor reported that a petition had been received in relation to the cancellation of the 135/235 Bootle Bus Circular. The petition had been signed by 89 people.

 

            The Metro Mayor informed the LCR Combined Authority that it would be appropriate for the petition to be referred to the Transport Committee to consider at its next meeting.

20.

Minutes of the Transport Committee held on 5 April 2018 pdf icon PDF 249 KB

Minutes:

            RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Transport Committee held on 5 April 2018 were received as a correct record and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

21.

Item which the Metro Mayor deemed to be of an Urgent Nature

Minutes:

          The following item of business, which was not included on the Agenda for the meeting, was deemed by the Metro Mayor to be an item of urgent business pursuant to Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as applicable by Part 4 Section 7.6, of the Authority’s Constitution) in order to ensure that consent could be granted to the draft Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (Business Rate Supplements Functions) Order 2018 before the deadline of 31 May 2018.

22.

Consent to the draft Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (Business Rate Supplements Functions) Order 2018 pdf icon PDF 115 KB

To consider the report of the Treasurer.

Minutes:

          Members considered a report which sought approval of the LCR Combined Authority to consent to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (Business Rate Supplements Functions) Order 2018. It was reported that each of the constituent Local Authorities had previously provided consent to the Order.

 

          Members were informed that subject to the Order being approved by Parliament this would confer upon the Combined Authority the powers in the Business Rates Supplement Act 2009 to levy business rates supplements across the City Region. It was noted that a referendum of the businesses affected by the introduction of the Business Rate would need to be held before it could be implemented.

 

          RESOLVED – That both the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the Metro Mayor S Rotheram provide consent to allow the Order to be placed before Parliament for approval.