Agenda and minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority - Friday, 20th March, 2020 1.00 pm

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

Contact: Trudy Bedford 

Note: In light of the current Covid-19, outbreak access to the Authority Chamber will be restricted to implement social distancing practices in all areas of the Authority Chamber. We would encourage members of the public to consider the advice from Government and avoid non-essential travel and public gatherings. The meeting can be viewed live on the LCR Combined Authority website and is also able to view retrospectively. 

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155.

Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were received on behalf of:

 

Member of the LCR Combined Authority

Mayor J Anderson OBE, Portfolio Holder: Education, Employment and Skills

Councillor D Baines, Portfolio Holder: Digital Connectivity and Inclusion

Councillor P Hacket, Portfolio Holder: Inclsuive Economy and Third Sector

Councillor I Maher, Portfolio Holder: Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy

Councillor G Morgan, Portfolio Holder: Housing and Spatial Framework

Councillor R Polhill. Portfolio Holder: Low Carbon and Energy Renewables

 

Assocaite Members

Councillor I Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council

Councillor R Bowden, Leader of Warrington Borough Council

 

Deputy Portfolio Holders

Councillor C Thomas, Policy, Reform and Resources

Councillor P Sinnott, Education, Employment and Skills

Councillor K Groucutt, Inclusive Economy and Third Sector

Councillor S Powell, Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy

Councillor T Hardy, Housing and Spatial Framework

 

Mayoral Advisors

B Spicer, Social Housing Growth

Councillor E Spurrell, Tackling Violence against Women and Children

Reverend Canon Dr E Loudon, Community and Voluntary Sector

Professor Dame J Beer, Higher Education

L Morris, Fairness and Social Justice

G Ben-Tovim OBE, Natural Environment

 

 

156.

Declarations of Interest

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            It was reported that no Declarations of Interest had been received.

157.

Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 28 February 2020 pdf icon PDF 149 KB

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            RESOLVED – That the minutes of the LCR Combined Authority held on 28 February 2020 be approved as a correct record.

158.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Announcements and Updates

To receive updates from the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.

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            Metro Mayor S Rotheram welcomed Members to the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority.

 

            He informed Members that today, Friday 20 March, marked the 27th anniversary of the Warrington Bombings in which two children were killed and more than 50 people were injured. On behalf of the Liverpool City Region, Metro Mayor Rotheram expressed his continued solidarity with friends and neighbours in Warrington, the victims, survivors and families of those who were affected.

 

            Metro Mayor S Rotheram advised the LCR Combined Authority that following today’s meeting, the first meeting of the LCR Covid-19 Action Group would be held. The Action Group had been established to support people and businesses across the City Region, to identify support for the local economy and manage the public transport network.

 

            Metro Mayor S Rotheram reported that he held a number of conference calls with Asif Hamid MBE, local businesses, Trade Union representatives, economy leaders and other business agencies to understand what support they would require as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and this information would be shared with Central Government.

 

He emphasised that this was a challenging time for the Country and the City Region and the response from public servants had been remarkable. He wished to place on record his sincere thanks to NHS staff and those working in social care for ensuring that the sick and vulnerable got the best possible treatment, to the Police, Fire and Rescue Service and the Ambulance Service for ensuring communities felt safe during this time of unease and to teachers, council staff and public transport workers who continued to provide essential services in the face of great difficulty. Metro S Mayor Rotheram also praised the remarkable gesture from CWU workers at Royal Mail who had offered to become an additional ‘emergency service’.

 

In closing, Metro Mayor S Rotheram, noted that whilst these were understandably worrying and deeply challenging times, during this meeting the LCR Combined Authority would be seeking to approve more than £50million of investment into projects in the City Region. He recognised that by continuing to invest in the city region, through supporting the improvement of the transport network by investing in Runcorn Station Quarter, this would support local businesses and delivering post-19 skills for the city region.

159.

The Liverpool City Region Local Industrial Strategy pdf icon PDF 245 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Policy Reform and Resources and the Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder of Policy, Reform and Resources and the Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning which sought approval of the Liverpool City Region Local Industrial Strategy (LIS).

 

            Metro Mayor S Rotheram recognised that in the current circumstances consideration of the LIS may not appear important. However, he explained that the impact of COVID-19 to the city region’s economy and residents was important and would be the LCR Combined Authority’s immediate focus. However, at the point at which the recovery started, the Local Industrial Strategy would help provide a long-term economic vision and one which also identified the opportunities for investment.

 

            Metro Mayor Rotheram noted that as a consequence of the current pandemic there was a need to have short-term policy responses and the LIS would be updated to reflect these, as well as the continuing feedback from Government on the Strategy.

 

            The Metro Mayor explained that the LIS set out the long-term economic vision for the City Region and noted that it would be subject to amendments. The LIS would become the framework which guided local investment decisions and discussions with Central Government about future devolution. He explained that the Strategy had been developed through a collaborative process, which included a three-month ‘LCR Listens’ campaign, during which over 8000 people from across all six boroughs had shared their views about the economic issues which were important to them.

 

            The vision contained within the LIS was to deliver a competitive, clean and inclusive City Region. Recognising, that as the City Region recovered from the impacts of coronavirus, there would be a need to focus on the unique competitive advantages such as health innovation and clean growth to transform the economy.

 

            Members were informed that the LIS focused on those areas where a step change was needed to disrupt deep-rooted issues, such as localised deprivation, poor health outcomes, a skills deficit and low business density.

 

            In conclusion, the Metro Mayor noted that the City Region’s short term economic circumstances would be difficult, however, quick policy responses would be required to address the economic circumstances as well as clarity from central government on how funding was to be distributed. The LIS provided the LCR Combined Authority with the vision to exploit the unique opportunities in the City Regions recovery.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the draft Liverpool City Region Local industrial Strategy set out in Appendix One be approved;

 

(ii)          authority be delegated to the Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning to make amendments post 20 March 2020 in order to finalise the Strategy with Government; and

 

(iii)         the LCR Combined Authority develop a detailed Implementation Plan following the publication of the Local Industrial Strategy, which would be submitted to a future meeting for consideration.

 

           

160.

THE LIVERPOOL CITY REGION SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY ENGAGEMENT UPDATE pdf icon PDF 726 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Housing and Spatial Framework and the Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder: Housing and Spatial Framework and the Assistant Director for Policy and Strategic Commissioning which provided an updated on the Liverpool City Region Spatial Development Strategy (SDS) engagement which ran from the 16 October 2019 through to the 14 January 2020.

 

            Dr Aileen Jones, Assistant Director for Policy and Strategic Commissioning, informed Members that non-statutory engagement had been undertaken during November 2019 and January 2020 to inform the development of the SDS. She advised Members that the report summarised the type of engagement activities which had been undertaken and the main themes the engagement had identified. The engagement process had also sought to engage with those groups, such as young people, who would normally not interact with such a process. In conclusion, Members were informed that the policy themes which attracted the greatest number of comments and would inform the emerging policies of the SDS where health and communities, connected city region, thriving and vibrant city region and inclusive economy.  

 

            RESOLVED – That the contents of the report be noted.

 

 

161.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Adult Education Budget Grant Funding Allocations 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Education, Skills and Employment and the Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills and the Assistant Director for Policy and Strategic Commissioning which sought approval for the indicative Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding allocations for grant-funded providers for the academic year 2020/21.

 

            Dr Aileen Jones, Assistant Director for Policy and Strategic Commissioning, informed Members that an offer of support was available to those AEB funded programmes who maybe experiencing difficulty to deliver the programme and this will be maintained to ensure the capacity is available once they are in a position to resume the AEB offer.

 

            The report set out the 2020/21 Liverpool City Region approach to the AEB allocations which provided an elements of stability for grant funded providers through core funding aligned to 2019/20 delivery, which included the safeguarding of community learning and an element of additional funding negotiated in line with local innovation. Furthermore, to enable the LCR Combined Authority to respond to in-year changes to demand, 5% of the 2020/21 AEB allocation would be retained as a Facilitation Fund.

 

            In conclusion, Members were advised that Appendix One to the report set out the indicative grant funding allocations and all grant-funded provided would be required to produce a Delivery Plan for 2020/21, which will be used to monitor and measure performance.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the methodology applied by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to calculate the indicative Adult Education Budget grant funding allocations for the academic year 2020/21 be noted;

 

(ii)          the indicative grant funding allocations to Liverpool City Region based General Further Education Colleges and Local Authority providers, as summarised at Appendix One be approved;

 

(iii)         delegated authority be granted to the Combined Authority Treasurer to agree any changes to those allocations identified in Appendix One following negotiations as outlined in section 4.7 of the report;

 

(iv)         the retention and investment options identified for the facilitation funding a set out in section 4.4 of the be agreed; and

 

(v)          delegated authority be granted to the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning, in consultation with the Combined Authority Treasurer, to take forward the retention and investment options in accordance with the Adult Education Budget Assurance Framework.

           

162.

Households into Work Programme and Staffing Update pdf icon PDF 301 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Education, Employment and Skills and the Assistant Director for Policy and Strategic Commissioning.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder: Education, Employment and Skills and the Assistant Director: Policy and Strategic Commissioning, which provided an update on the delivery of the Households into Work Programme and sought permission to extend the fixed term contracts of the programme staff.

 

            Dr Aileen Jones, Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning, provided Members with an updated on the Households into Work programme by confirming that the programme had achieved all the targets set by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The DWP had confirmed their final payment towards the programme in February 2020, however, work was progressing to secure a further two year funding for the continuation of the programme but this had yet to be confirmed. Accordingly, Members were advised that until the funding had been confirmed, it was proposed that the underspend from phase 1 of the programme be used to retain staff.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the performance updated on Households into Work to the end of December 2019 be welcomed; and

 

(ii)          the extension of contracts of programme staff to 31 December 2020 in light of the financial impact noted in paragraph 6 of the report be approved.

163.

Strategic Investment Fund - Quarterly Update pdf icon PDF 348 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector and the Director of Commercial Development and Investment.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Growth and Third Sector and the Director of Commercial Development and Investment which provided a quarterly update on the Strategic Investment Fund (SIF).

 

            John Fogarty, Director of Corporate Resources, informed Members that the report set out the performance of SIF Round 1 and noted that significant work had been undertaken to identify new projects whilst also managing the performance of existing schemes. However, the impact of the coronavirus on the current schemes was currently uncertain.

 

            In terms of SIF Round 2, Members were advised that the ambition to introduce many new projects had been achieved and this Round of funding was currently oversubscribed and a number of submissions were subject to funding being available. Members were re-assured that the Investment Team remained focused on moving the projects into delivery.

 

            In conclusion, it was noted that the scale of future pipeline projects would be important towards contributing towards the economic recovery.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the update be noted;

 

(ii)          the projects approved for pre-development funding as set out in Section 6 of the report be noted;

 

(iii)         the project changes outlined in Section 7 to the following projects be approved:-

 

·               Granby Learning Corridor;

·               A59 Bus Corridor Improvements;

·               M58 Junction One Improvements; and

 

(iv)         the project changes as outlined in Appendix A to the report be noted.

164.

Liverpool City Region Strategic Investment Fund - Music Industry Sector Development Pilot pdf icon PDF 237 KB

To consider a report of the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and the Third Sector and the Director of Commercial Development and Investment.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector and the Director of Commercial Development and Investment which sought approval to provide Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) support to Culture Liverpool (Liverpool City Council) for the Music Industry Sector Development Pilot.

 

            Councillor Anita Leech provided Members with a summary of the funding request and in doing so recognised how Liverpool’s status as a UNSECO city of music would establish a real economic strength to the music industry sector development pilot proposals.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the provision of funding of £250,000 from the Strategic Investment Fund to retain the Music Officer and to fund time-critical elements of the intervention be approved;

 

(ii)          the remaining balance of the funding ask of £1,750,000, subject to funding, on the condition that the monitoring and evaluation of the activity is robust enough to provide strong economic evidence to assess the success of this trial, supporting future interventions be approved; and

 

(iii)         authority be delegated to the Director of Commercial Development and Investment to finalise negotiation of detailed funding terms and associated agreements in consultation with the Combined Authority Monitoring Officer and Combined Authority Treasurer.

165.

Strategic Investment Fund – Festival Gardens Remediation and Infrastructure pdf icon PDF 232 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector and the Director of Commercial Development and Investment.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector and the Director of Commercial Development and Investment which sought approval to award Strategic Investment Funding (SF) to Liverpool City Council towards the remediation and generic infrastructure costs, which would facilitate the development of housing units on a contaminated brownfield site.

 

            Councillor Anita Leech informed Members that Liverpool City Council were seeking approval of £26,900,000 in grant funding for the remediation of the Festival Gardens site, which had previously been used as landfill. Councillor Leech provided a summary of the funding request, in particular highlighting that once the site had been remediated it would have the capacity to build 1,500 new homes. Councillor Leech recognised that this was a significant funding request, however, the project symbolised that a large number of high quality homes could be delivered for local communities. Furthermore, the project had the potential to return £8m from the sale of land and provided medium value for money.

 

            Metro Mayor Rotheram noted that the investment would support the LCR Combined Authority’s Brownfield first approach and recognised that this partnership approach would be vital in the coming months.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            subject to funding, the provision of grant funding to Liverpool City Council from the SIF for the Festival Gardens remediation and infrastructure of £26,900,000 be approved;

 

(ii)          the funding conditions set out in Appendix 2 be approved; and

 

(iii)         delegated authority be granted to the Director of Commercial Development and Investment to finalise negotiations of detailed funding terms and associated agreements for the project specified at (i) and (ii) above in consultation with the Combined Authority Monitoring Officer and Combined Authority Treasurer.

166.

Strategic Investment Fund - Vynova Runcorn Ltd pdf icon PDF 139 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy and Third Sector and the Director of Commercial Development and Investment.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy and Third Sector and Director of Commercial Development and Investment which sought the approval of grant funding of up to £3,000,000 from the Strategic Investment Fund to Vynova Runcorn Ltd (“Vynova”) to enable the integration of new more energy-efficient reactor technology.

 

            Councillor Anita Leech informed Members that the proposed grant funding would support Vynova to make environmental improvements and upgrade the facility to secure the future for the next 20 years.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the provision of grant funding of up to £3,000,000 from the Strategic Investment Fund (“SIF”) in support of Vynova’s integration of new, more energy-efficient reactor technology into its existing industrial process be approved;

 

(ii)          such support be subject to the implementing the recommendations of the Investment Panel, namely that the robust conditions are agreed for the repayment of any funding should Vynova be able to exceed its business case; and

 

(iii)         delegated authority be granted to the Director of Commercial Development and Investment to finalise negotiations of detailed funding terms and associated agreements in consultation with the Combined Authority’s Monitoring Officer and Combined Authority Treasurer.

167.

Strategic Investment Fund - Runcorn Station Quarter pdf icon PDF 227 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector and the Director of Commercial Development and Investment.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy and Third Sector and the Director of Commercial Development and Investment which sought approval to commit up to £18.2m of Strategic Investment Fund monies, be  it Local Growth Fund or Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) for the Runcorn Station Quarter.

 

            Councillor Anita Leech informed members that this project was an excellent example of partnership working and the project sought to re-develop the area surrounding Runcorn Station by developing attractive walking links and a new bus and taxi route to Runcorn Town Centre, along with road alignment works to connect to the Silver Jubilee bridge.

 

            Metro Mayor S Rotheram thanked Mark Bousfield, Director of Commercial Development and Investment, the Investment Team and officers from Halton Borough Council for the spirit in which this development was entered and noted that the partnership working to develop this project was an exemplar.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the full business case with provision of grant support of £18.2m for Runcorn Station Quarter from the Strategic Investment Fund be approved; and

 

(ii)          authority be granted to the Director of Commercial Development and Investment to finalise negotiations of detailed terms of the funding associated agreements in consultation with the Combined Authority Monitoring Officer and Combined Authority Treasurer.

 

           

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Hydrogen Bus Trial Project Update pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality and the Assistant Director: Bus.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality and Assistant Director for Bus which provided an interim update on the Hydrogen bus trial project.

 

            Councillor Liam Robinson, Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality provided an update on the hydrogen bus project and explained how it would support the draft Air Quality Action Plan and the Climate Emergency which the LCR Combined Authority had previously declared. Furthermore, the Hydrogen bus trial project also supported the aims of the LCR Vision for Bus, which sought to achieve zero emissions from buses through electrification and the use of hydrogen power.

 

            Councillor Robinson explained that the project involved the purchase of up to 25 publicly owned hydrogen fuel cell buses and subject to agreement with bus operators, it was proposed that these buses would operate on the St Helens – Liverpool bus corridor. He emphasised that this was an ambitious project and further updates would be brought to future meetings. In conclusion, Councillor Robinson noted that through Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) there was the potential to deliver bus priority measures, which would achieve quicker journey times on the St Helens-Liverpool bus corridor.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the ongoing progress made in the development of the Hydrogen bus project be supported;

 

(ii)          the alignment of this project with the draft Liverpool City Region Air Quality Action Plan, the Climate Emergency declared by the LCRCA, the LCRCA’s Vision for Bus and the LCR Bus Strategy be noted; and

 

(iii)         further updates on the development of the Hydrogen Bus project be presented to future meetings.

169.

Freeport Zones - Developing a response to the Governments Consultation pdf icon PDF 231 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector and Air Quality and the Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector and the Assistant Director for Policy and Strategic Commissioning which provided an overview of the key issues arising from the Government’s related consultation on Freeport Zones.

 

            Metro Mayor S Rotheram informed Members that the consultation exercise pre-dated the COVID-19 pandemic and it was unclear whether the consultation would proceed in its current form. Member’s attention was drawn to the report, which set out the LCR Combined Authority’s response to the consultation. However, delegated authority was sought to ensure the LCR Combined Authority’s priorities and values as a city region were reflected along with input from Local Authorities and the business community. In conclusion, the Metro Mayor reported that the consultation response would stress the importance of the City Region’s main trade gateways and logistics facilities in supplying the country with essential supplies.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the key issues presented by the Government’s wide ranging consultation on Freeport Zones be noted; and

 

(ii)          delegated authority be granted to the Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning to compile and submit a response to the Government’s consultation, in consultation with both the Metro Mayor and the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector, ahead of the deadline of 20 April 2020.

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Public Question Time pdf icon PDF 83 KB

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.

 

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

 

Email: democratic.services@liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk

Telephone: 0151 330 1330

In writing: Democratic Services, LCR Combined Authority, PO Box 1976, No. 1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP.

 

A proforma will be supplied for the submission of public questions which for this meeting must be returned by 5.00pm on Monday 16 March 2020.

 

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Members of the public were given the opportunity to submit questions which had been submitted in accordance with Meeting Standing Order No.11.

 

            Metro Mayor S Rotheram reported that two questions had been submitted from the Merseyside and West Cheshire Unlock Democracy Group and advised that Jill Coule, Monitoring Officer, would read the questions out on the Groups behalf and the questions were as follows:-

 

            Question One

 

            We at the Merseyside and West Cheshire Group of Unlock Democracy value the regular item agenda allowing for questions at this LCRCA meeting and have used this facility a number of times since the inception of the Authority. We would now request that a similar agenda item be included in the meetings on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and trust that it’s Chair and relevant officers will agree to this addition

 

            Question Two

 

            We have previously expressed concern about the number of occasions that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee has been inquorate. Poor attendance by some members has been noted and we would request that the Combined Authority and its officers reiterate the importance of this function and to reinforce the view that the working of this body be taken seriously by its membership.

           

            Metro Mayor S Rotheram thanked Merseyside and West Cheshire Unlock Democracy Group for their two questions. In response to the first question, Metro Mayor Rotheram advised that he would ask the Monitoring Officer and Statutory Scrutiny Officer to refer this question to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for their consideration and any proposals they identified be referred back to the Combined Authority for their consideration.

 

            With regards to the second question, Metro Mayor Rotheram re-assured the Group that he took the quoracy of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee seriously and the poor attendance of the Committee had been brought to the attention of Members of the Committee, Chief Executives and Leaders of the Local Authorities to stress the impact inquorate meetings had on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee function. This had also been identified when the Combined Authority had received an ‘except for’ opinion from the External Auditors. In conclusion, Metro Mayor Rotheram acknowledged that more needed to be done to improve attendance and a number of options would be considered for possible implementation in the new municipal year. He advised that a written response would be provided to the Group within 10 working days.

 

171.

Petitions and Statements

Members of the public who wish to submit a single position or statement in accordance with Meetings Standing Orders No. 11 are asked to contact Democratic Services either by:

 

Email: democratic.services@liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk

Telephone: 0151 330 1330

In writing: Democratic Services, LCR Combined Authority, PO Box 1976, No. 1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP.

 

The single petition or statement for this meeting must be returned by 5.00pm on Monday 16 March 2020.

 

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            Metro Mayor S Rotheram advised that no petitions or statements had been received.

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Minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 111 KB

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RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 6 November 2019 and 15 January 2020 were received as a correct record.

 

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Minutes of the Transport Committee held on 16 January 2020 pdf icon PDF 237 KB

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            RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Transport Committee held on 16 January 2020 be agreed as a correct record.

174.

Urgent Business

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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 in order that the LCR Combined Authority could react promptly to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Arrangements to Deal with COVID-19 pdf icon PDF 232 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Executive and the Metro Mayor.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered an urgent report of the Chief Executive and Metro Mayor which sought to enhance delegations for Officers in order to facilitate strengthened organisational resilience and ongoing, flexible decision-making in light of the declaration by the World Health Organisation regarding COVID-19.

 

            Members considered the report and in doing so requested that Recommendations E and F contained within the urgent report be removed. 

 

            UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the Constitution be amended as set out in paragraphs 3.3 and 3.5 of the report regarding delegations to Officers;

 

(ii)          the Key Decision threshold be amended to £2million revenue and £3million capital with effect from 1 April 2020 and until such time as the Remote Meeting Regulations are introduced by Government;

 

(iii)         Mark Bousfield, Gary Evans, Shane Fitzpatrick and Dr Aileen Jones be appointed as members of Merseytravel for a period of up to 6 months, commencing on 1 April 2020;

 

(iv)         the position outlined in paragraph 3.7 of the report which referred to the receipt of government money regarding the COVID-19 pandemic be noted;

 

(v)          authority be delegated to the Assistant Director of Strategic Commissioning and Policy and in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder to allocate £15million of the Adult Education Budget to circa 19 organisations, noting that no one organisation will be allocated more than £1million; and

 

(vi)         to note the governance arrangements as set out in paragraph 3.12 of the report.