Agenda and minutes

Annual Meeting, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority - Friday, 5th June, 2020 1.00 pm

Venue: Meeting to be held remotely

Contact: Trudy Bedford 

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No. Item

1.

Minutes Silence

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Prior to the commencement of the meeting, the Metro Mayor formally acknowledged the tragic death of George Floyd and, on behalf of the Combined Authority, expressed his shock and anger at his death and how this had reverberated around the world.

 

The Metro Mayor expressed his full support to the black and minority ethnic community and emphasised that the City Region also stood with them, acknowledging that as a middle-aged white man he could not begin to understand the daily challenges they faced.

 

The Metro Mayor also paused to remember the victims of coronavirus, both within the City Region and around the world. He reported that to date there had been over 1,000 deaths attributed to COVID across the City Region and this meant that over 1,000 families were grieving for the loss of loved ones.

 

On behalf of the Combined Authority, the Metro Mayor expressed his sincere gratitude to the City Region’s frontline workers who had worked tirelessly to keep us safe and the country moving during the pandemic.

 

             The Metro Mayor requested that the LCR Combined Authority observed a minutes silence to remember George Floyd and all those who had lost their lives as a consequence of COVID.

2.

Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were received on behalf of:

 

Co–opted Member

Rt Hon J Kennedy, Portfolio Holder: Criminal Justice

 

Deputy Portfolio Holder

Councillor P Sinnott, Education, Employment and Skills

 

Mayoral Advisor

G Ben-Tovim OBE, Natural Environment

 

Associate Member

Councillor R Bowden, Leader of Warrington Borough Council

3.

Declarations of Interest

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Minutes:

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

4.

Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 20 March 2020 pdf icon PDF 261 KB

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          RESOLVED – That the minutes of the LCR Combined Authority held on 20 March 2020 be approved as a correct record.

5.

Constitution Updates and Governance Matters pdf icon PDF 127 KB

To consider a report of the Monitoring Officer.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Monitoring Officer which set out a number of proposed revisions to the Constitution.

 

          Jill Coule, Monitoring Officer, informed Members that the constitutional amendments reflected the recently introduced ‘Local Authority, Policy and Crime Panels (Flexibility of the Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings (England and Wales) Regulations 2020/392’. There were also some minor amendments relating to the financial and contract procedure rules.  Member’s attention was also drawn to Section 3.8 of the report which set out details of the emergency powers the Chief Executive had enacted.  

 

          UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the Remote Meeting Guidance necessitated as a result of the introduction of The Local Authority, Police and Crime Panels (Flexibility of the Local Authority and Crime Panel Meetings (England and Wales) Regulations 2020/392 contained at Appendix 1 be approved;

 

(ii)             the revisions identified to the Finance and Contract Procedure Rules as set out in paragraph 3.5 of the report be approved;

 

(iii)           the alignment of the Code of Corporate Governance and the revised Fraud, Bribery and Corruption Statement as set out in Appendix 2 and 3 be approved; and

 

(iv)           the decisions made by the Chief Executive utilising the emergency powers agreed at the meeting on 20 March 2020 be noted.

6.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Nominations 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 217 KB

To consider a report of the Chief Executive.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Chief Executive which outlined the nominations to the Combined Authority following nominations of the constituent Councils.

 

Combined Authority

 

 

Appointment

Substitute appointment

Halton Council

Councillor Rob Polhill

Councillor Mike Wharton

Knowsley MBC

Councillor Graham  Morgan

Councillor Sean Donnelly

Liverpool CC

Mayor Joe Anderson OBE

Councillor Wendy Simon

Sefton MBC

Councillor Ian Maher

Councillor John Fairclough

St Helens MBC

Councillor David Baines

Councillor Sue  Murphy

Wirral MBC

Councillor Pat  Hackett

Councillor Anita Leech

 

Local Enterprise Partnership

 

Appointment

Substitute appointment

Local Enterprise Partnership

Mr Asif Hamid MBE

Mr Paul Corcoran

 

Associate Members

 

 

Appointment

Substitute appointment

Warrington BC

Councillor Russ Bowden

Councillor Cathy  Mitchell

West Lancashire BC

Councillor Ian Moran

Councillor Yvonne Gagen 

 

            Portfolio Holders

 

Portfolio

Nomination

Policy, Reform and Resources

Metro Mayor S Rotheram

Education, Employment and Skills

Mayor J Anderson OBE

Digital Connectivity and Inclusion

Councillor D Baines

Housing and Spatial Framework

Councillor G Morgan

Low Carbon and Renewable Energy

Councillor R Polhill

Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy

Councillor I Maher

Inclusive Economy and Third Sector

Councillor P Hackett

Business Support and Brexit*

Mr A Hamid MBE

Transport and Air Quality**

Councillor L Robinson

Criminal Justice**

Rt Hon Jane Kennedy

            *Indicates non-voting member

**Indicates non-voting co-opted member

 

Deputy Portfolio Holders

 

Portfolio

Nomination

Policy, Reform and Resources

Councillor C Thomas

Education, Employment and Skills

Councillor P Sinnott

Digital Connectivity and Inclusion

Councillor L Robertson - Collins

Housing and Spatial Framework

Councillor T Hardy

Low Carbon and Energy Renewable

Councillor G Wood

Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy

Councillor S Powell

Inclusive Economy and Third Sector

Councillor K Groucutt

Business Support and Brexit

To be advised

Transport and Air Quality

Councillor N Nicholas

Criminal Justice

To be advised

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

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

 

(ii)          Mayor Joe Anderson OBE be appointed as the Deputy Chair for 2020/21;

 

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

 

(iv)         the appointment of non-voting Members as set out in Section 7 of the report now submitted be approved;

 

(v)          the appointment of the Portfolio Holders as set out in Section 5 of the report now submitted be approved;

 

(vi)         the appointment of the Deputy Portfolio Holders as set out in Section 8 of the report now submitted be approved, noting that Councillor T Hardy be appointed as the Deputy Portfolio Holder: Housing and Spatial Framework;

 

(vii)        the previously appointed Statutory Officers be noted; and

 

(viii)       the update on Mayoral Advisors be noted.

 

 

 

 

 

7.

Appointments to Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Committee's 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 292 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Executive.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Chief Executive which outlined the appointments to the Committees of the Combined Authority.

 

            The appointments were as follows:-

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

 

Members

Halton Council

Councillor K Wainwright (Labour)

Councillor L Whitley (Labour)

Councillor B Woolfall (Labour)

Knowsley MBC

Councillor E Finneran (Labour)

Councillor J Morgan (Labour)

Vacancy

Liverpool CC

Councillor T Crone (Green)

Councillor S Gorst (Labour)

Councillor T O’Brien (Labour)

Sefton MBC

Councillor C Howard (Labour)

Councillor S Marshall (Labour)

Councillor L Dowd (Labour)

St Helens MBC

Councillor L Clarke (Labour)

Councillor D Long (Labour)

Councillor R Hattersley (Labour)

Wirral MBC

Councillor H Cameron (Conservative)

Councillor A Jones (Labour)

Councillor J Stapleton (Labour)

LCR Conservative Group nomination - TBC

To be confirmed

LCR Liberal Democrat Group nomination

Councillor A Corkhill

 

Transport Committee

 

 

Members

Halton BC

Councillor H Howard (Labour)

Councillor G Philbin (Labour)

Councillor J Stockton (Labour)

Councillor G Stockton (Liberal Democrat)

Knowsley MBC

Councillor K W McGlashan (Labour)

Councillor Mrs M O’Mara (Labour)

Councillor Mrs L Mooney (Labour)

Councillor F Wynn (Liberal Democrat)

Liverpool CC

Councillor A Lavelle (Labour)

Councillor N Nicholas (Labour)

Councillor L Robinson (Labour)

Councillor H Thompson (Labour)

Sefton MBC

Councillor J Dodd (Liberal Democrat)

Councillor G Friel (Labour)

Councillor N Killen (Labour)

Councillor P McKinley (Labour)

St Helens MBC

Councillor A Jones (Conservative)

Councillor P Pearson (Labour)

Councillor J Wiseman (Labour)

Councillor M Uddin (Labour)

Wirral MBC

Councillor P Cleary (Green)

Councillor S Foulkes (Labour)

Councillor P Hayes (Conservative) 

Councillor J Williams (Labour)

 

Audit and Governance Committee

 

 

Members

Substitute Members

Combined Authority

1             Members

2 Members

 

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

Mr Martin McDonagh

Not applicable

 

Appointments and Disciplinary Committee

 

LCR Combined Authority

Metro Mayor S Rotheram

Mayor J Anderson OBE

Councillor D Baines

Councillor P Hackett

Councillor I Maher

Councillor G Morgan

Councillor R Polhill 

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the appointments to Committees as set out in Section 3 be agreed;

 

(ii)          Councillors Hackett and Baines be appointed to the Audit and Governance Committee and Councillors Morgan and Maher be appointed as there substitutes to the Committee; and

 

(iii)         delegated authority be granted to the Monitoring Officer to confirm appointments which are outstanding.

8.

Appointments to External Organisations 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 234 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Executive.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Chief Executive which proposed a number of appointments to external organisations.

 

          RESOLVED – That the following appointments be approved:-

 

(i)              LCR Local Enterprise Partnership Board

           

Position

Name

Metro Mayor of the LCR Combined Authority

 

Steve Rotheram

Inclusive Economy and Third Sector Portfolio Holder

Councillor P Hackett

Education, Employment and Skills Portfolio Holder

Mayor J Anderson OBE

 

(ii)             LCR Local Enterprise Holding Company

 

Position

Name

Metro Mayor of the LCR Combined Authority

Steve Rotheram

Inclusive Economy and Third Sector Portfolio Holder

Councillor P Hackett

 

(iii)            LCR Local Enterprise Delivery Company

         

Position

Name

Non-Executive Director

Mark Bousfield, Director of Commercial Development and Investment

Non-Executive Director

Jill Coule, Chief Legal Officer and Monitoring Officer

 

(iv)     Chrysalis Fund

         

Position

Name

Inclusive Economy and Third Sector Portfolio Holder - Board Director

Councillor P Hackett

Inclusive Economy and Third Sector Deputy Portfolio Holder – Substitute

Councillor K Groucutt

LCR Combined Authority Officer Representative

Raphael Miller

LCR Combined Authority Officer Representative – Substitute

Georgina Singleton (on maternity leave)

Sophie Bevan (prior to Georgina Singleton’s return)

 


 

          (v)      Chrysalis Advisory Committee

         

Name

Organisation

Santiago Issa

LCR Combined Authority

Wes Rourke

Halton Borough Council

Alan Evans

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

 

          (vi)     Transport for the North (TfN) Partnership Board

         

Representative

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram

Councillor Liam Robinson, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality (Substitute Member)

 

          (viii)    Mersey Dee Alliance

           

Name

Representing

Councillor A Whittingham, Wirral MBC

LCR Combined Authority

 

          (ix)     European Structural and Investment Fund Committee

 

Name

Representing

Councillor P Hackett

Inclusive Economy and Third Sector Portfolio Holder (Co-Chair)

Mayor J Anderson OBE

Education, Employment and Skills Portfolio Holder

Councillor E Jones

Representative from the Employment and Skills Board

Councillor L Robinson

 

Transport and Air Quality Portfolio Holder

 

(x)      North West Regional Leaders Board

 

Name

Representing

Metro Mayor S Rotheram

LCR Combined Authority

Councillor D Baines

Leader of St Helens MBC

Councillor G Morgan

Leader of Knowsley MBC

 

(xi)     North West Employers Organisation

                   

Name

Representing

Councillor C Thomas

Deputy Portfolio Holder, Policy, Reform and Resources, LCR Combined Authority

 


 

(xii)     Workforce Engagement Board

         

Name

Representing

Metro Mayor S Rotheram

LCR Combined Authority

Councillor D Baines

St Helens MBC

Councillor G Morgan

Knowsley MBC

 


9.

Revised Committee Timetable 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 11 KB

To agree the revised Committee Timetable for 2020/21.

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          RESOLVED – That the revised Committee timetable for 2020/21 be approved.

10.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority End of Year Review 2019-2020 pdf icon PDF 346 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Executive.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Chief Executive which provided a summary of the achievements of the Combined Authority during the 2019/20 municipal year.

 

            Metro Mayor S Rotheram explained that at this juncture it ordinarily would have provided an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and progress made during the course of the last year.  However, due to the current pandemic the previous achievements had to be considered differently. Metro Mayor Rotheram advised the Combined Authority that during the previous year £180 million of devolved strategic investment funding had been committed to projects such as ultra-fast digital connectivity programme, investments in advanced manufacturing, skills and culture. Work also progressed on the £500million investment into the new state of the art trains for the Merseyrail network, with three trains delivered and undergoing testing in the City Region. The Mersey Tidal Power project had the potential to be world-leading and it was hoped that the Governments recently announced Green Industrial Revolution Fund could support this project.

 

            Mark Bousfield, Director of Commercial Development and Investment, provided a summary of the significant Strategic Investment Funding (SIF) which had taken place during 2019-20.

 

            Councillor Pat Hackett, Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector, noted how SIF projects such as Eurkea Mersey at Seacombe and Wirral Waters, Birkenhead could bring economic confidence to an area and support the revival of Birkenhead.

 

            Mayor Joe Anderson OBE, encouraged the Combined Authority to continue to lobby Central Government to provide further devolved funding to the City Region. As the Strategic Investment Fund decisions clearly demonstrated the Combined Authority’s success at supporting projects which delivered employment opportunities and business growth.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the End of Year Review 2019-20 be agreed; and

 

(ii)          any subsequent amendments be made in consultation with the Metro Mayor and Chief Executive.

11.

Covid-19 Update

To receive an update on developments relating to COVID-19.

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          Metro Mayor S Rotheram provided the LCR Combined Authority with an update on the impact of COVID-19 on the City Region, which had been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. He explained that the top priority during this crisis had been protecting people’s health and safety, as well as their jobs and livelihoods and every effort was being made to protect the City Region’s economy and businesses.

 

          He explained, how, the City Region had been hit harder than elsewhere due to the long-standing inequalities it faces. Which had meant that across the City Region an extra £10m a week was being spent to protect local residents and over the next six months it was estimated that this was likely to be around £341m, noting that the Combined Authority had initially lost approximately £5m in one month.

 

          The Metro Mayor stated that so far Central Government had only allocated £100m, which was creating a great deal of uncertainty for the Local Authorities in the City Region who were forecasting greater deficits than the funding allocated by Central Government. This had led to a joint City Region level campaign for fair local authority funding, which had provided a detailed evidence based case for fair funding submitted to The Prime Minister. In continuing to support this case, the Metro Mayor advised that he would be participating in a Ministerial Deep Dive with Ministers and from a City Region perspective had asked that Test and Trace, Culture and the Visitor Economy and Employment and Skills be considered.

 

          The Metro Mayor explained that the long-term financial support for the City Region’s economy could not be met from local resources alone. Evidence also indicated that 95% of businesses in the City Region had been immediately impacted by the crisis. Therefore, the top priority was to support businesses to access central government support packages. Furthermore, the Combined Authority had been actively listening to the business community and work with partners and other Metro Mayors had been successful in changing national policy and speeding up and unlocking funds such as the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund and extending the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme to smaller businesses. The City Region had also been working with the banking sector to encourage them to remove the requirement for personal guarantees.  

 

          The Metro Mayor paid tribute to the tireless work of the constituent Local Authorities who had allocated £300million in grants to support local businesses. A dedicated helpline and online resource hub had also been established through the Growth Platform, with the LCR LEP, and this was supporting businesses and fund new, innovative business programmes such as Sustain, Gather and Mettle. All of which were receiving positive feedback from those businesses who had taken advantage of them.

 

          The Combined Authority had also worked to support the City Region’s vital Socially Trading Organisations, through the Kindred programme, working in partnership with Power to Change.

 

          Metro Mayor S Rotheram explained that the Combined Authority had been working closely with the constituent Local Authorities,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

12.

Recovery Planning: Progress Update for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority pdf icon PDF 614 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Executive.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Chief Executive which provided initial analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the City Region’s economy, along with an update on the formation of the Liverpool City Region’s economic and business recovery plan.

 

          Metro Mayor S Rotheram explained that he had spoken at length with the Leaders about how the City Region’s economy and its residents emerge from the pandemic. He noted that the City Region’s economy had improved over the last decade, particular in areas such as innovation, advanced manufacturing, tourism and culture. However, there were too many residents who had not felt the benefit of these improvements. The Metro Mayor explained that the goal was to be a globally competitive, environmentally responsible and socially inclusive economy. To deliver this goal, Officers from the Combined Authority would be working with the Leaders, businesses, third sector organisations, trade unions and other stakeholders to draft a City Region Plan. Recognising the scale of the challenge and needing to work with Partners and Government, to  through partnership and devolution, a Recovery Panel had been established.

 

          Mr A Hamid MBE, Portfolio Holder: Business and Brexit, paid tribute to the work of the Local Authorities in mobilising support to businesses across the City Region. He advised that the LEP was actively engaging with businesses to protect those that were already established. However, it was clear that many wouldn’t survive. He welcomed the Recovery Plan and the collaborative approach being undertaken to inform its development, emphasising the importance of including some ‘quick-win’s and maintaining a positive focus.

 

          Dr Aileen Jones, Assistant Director: Strategic Commissioning and Policy, provided a summary of the emerging plan. She explained that the report provided initial analysis of the economic impact of COVID-19 and set out four key themes which would form the basis of the Economic Recovery Plan.

 

Members were advised that before Covid, the City Region’s economy had improved, the unemployment rate was below the national average, the business base was growing, the skills profile was improving and it was these achievements which required protecting as part of the recovery. However, the City Region still faced a number of challenges to improve its economic performance, which included the creation of more local jobs, greater economic productivity rates and reducing high levels of deprivation. Without a Recovery Plan there was a risk that these inequalities would widen, working with Local Authorities and Partners, a City Region Recovery Plan was being developed and each of the constituent Local Authorities were also developing their own Economic Recovery Plans.  

 

Dr Aileen Jones reported that the Recovery Plan centred on four themes which were:-

(1)  Business Ecosystem;

(2)  People Based Recovery;

(3)  Place and Economic Infrastructure; and

(4)  Opportunities to Build Back Better.

These four themes within the Recovery Plan would seek to defend the economic gains made during the last 10 years and also improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of the City Regions residents. Practically, there would be a need to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

LCR Combined Authority Revenue and Capital Outturn Report 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 273 KB

To consider the report of the Treasurer.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Treasurer which provided the unaudited financial positions in respect of revenue and capital activity for the Combined Authority at the end of 2019-20.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the contents of the Combined Authority Financial Outturn report be noted;

 

(ii)          the revenue and capital outturn position for the financial year 2019-20 be approved;

 

(iii)         the transfer of reserves as set out in section 4.1.6 and 4.1.12 be approved;

 

(iv)         the earmarking of underspends as detailed at 4.1.6 for inclusion in a revised 2020-21 revenue budget be approved; and

 

(v)          the financial information presented in the report remains unaudited pending the outcome of the 2019-20 Statement of Accounts audit.

14.

Requested changes to previously agreed SIF Projects pdf icon PDF 228 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 the Third Sector and the Director of Commercial Development and Investment which sought approval for a number of change requests by applicants to previously approved Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) projects.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the changes requested by the applicant Alt Valley Community Trust as set out in paragraphs 3.4-3.7 in the report be approved;

 

(ii)             the changes requested by the applicant Liverpool City Council in respect to the City Centre Connectivity (Phase 1) as set out in paragrpahs 3.8-3.15 in the report be approved;

 

(iii)           the extension to the time requested by the Centre for Infectious Disease be agreed, noting that the project had already been completed as set out in 3.16-3.20 in the report; and

 

(iv)           the information in respect of ESOL Hubs be noted and updates be provided as appropriate.

15.

Growth Hub Funding pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Corporate Services.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Director of Corporate Services which sought approval of a funding award of £451,000 for the 2020/21 financial year from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The funding was a continuation of support to the Liverpool City Region Growth Company (the Growth Company) to deliver the ‘Growth Hub’ programme.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the award of £451,000 to the Liverpool City Region Growth Company, via the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as its accountable body, to support the ‘Growth Hub’ programme across the Liverpool City Region be approved; and

 

(ii)             the funding be transferred to the Liverpool City Region Growth Company to enable it deliver the measures set out within the offer letter.

16.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Adult Education Budget Contract for Services Allocations 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 231 KB

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

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Assistant Director: Policy and Strategic Commissioning and the Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills which sought approval for the indicative Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding allocations for contract services providers for the academic year 2020/21. The report also summarised impacts of Covid-19 on the delivery of the adult skills programmes and the subsequent deployment of AEB funding to support local delivery.

 

            Mayor J Anderson OBE, Portfolio Holder: Education, Employment and Skills, noted the importance of working with the Providers to support those residents who may lose their employment in the coming months, particularly as the furlough scheme ended. Careful consideration would need to be given to the key industries which would be emerging over the coming months to ensure that the skills training was available to re-skill and return residents back to employment. He reiterated that he and the Metro Mayor continued to lobby Central Government to devolve the funding within the Apprenticeship Levy to the City Region, as they were best placed to identify the skills gaps and have appropriate training in place.  

 

Metro Mayor S Rotheram emphasised the important role training providers would have in re-skilling residents and committed to continue to lobby Government on the Apprenticeship Levy. He also advised that the Government should commit to a young person’s guarantee and the Combined Authority was considering piloting such a scheme for the City Region.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the impact of Covid-19 on the delivery of AEB funded programmes be  noted;

 

(ii)          the funding support package in place during 2019/20 and the re-prioritisation of funding for the 2020/21 academic year be noted;

 

(iii)         the methodology applied by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to calculate the indicative Adult Education Budget contract for services allocations for the academic year 2020/21;

 

(iv)         the indicative contract for services allocations, as summarised in Appendix One be approved; and

 

(v)          delegated authority be granted to the Combined Authority Treasurer to agree any changes to those allocations identified in Appendix One as part of any negotiation or recovery response to Covid-19.

17.

Acceptance of grant funding from Department for Transport to support recovery from COVID-19 restrictions pdf icon PDF 374 KB

To consider the report of the Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning and the Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning and the Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality which sought approval to accept grant funding from the Department for Transport to support recovery from COVID-19 travel restrictions.

 

          Councillor L Robinson – Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality reported that the first component of funding was £12.662million of Highways Pothole and Challenge Fund and the second was a share of the national £250million fund to support the roll-out of emergency walking and measures. Councillor Robinson paid tribute to the hard work of the six local Authority Cabinet Members and Officers to deliver this fund. He also paid tribute to Simon O’Brien, the City Region’s Cycling and Walking Ambassador who was bringing about some exciting projects across the City Region.

 

     RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              The confirmed £12.662 million of Highways Pothole and Challenge Fund grant, intended to support further improvements to the highway network in 2020/21, as referenced in paragraphs 3.1 and 3.2 of the report be approved;

 

(ii)             it be noted that the Authority is awaiting a share of a national £250 million fund to support the delivery of short-term walking and cycling measures, to support the process of relaxing travel restrictions from the COVID-19 emergency as referenced in paragraph 3.6, and that the Authority has received notice of an indicative first tranche allocation of £1.974million;

 

(iii)           the funds referenced in (b) above be accepted when the levels or funding and the terms and conditions have been confirmed by the Department for Transport;

 

(iv)           delegated authority be granted to the Head of Paid Service to take emergency action to formally secure and disburse the above funding sources across the six constituent authorities following acceptance and confirmation of the terms of the funds. This will be undertaken in consultation with members of the Combined Authority and the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality, and in consultation with the Combined Authority Monitoring Officer and Treasurer;

 

(v)             the Highways Pothole and Challenge Fund be disbursed in line with the options set out in paragraph 3.5 and that the process of applying for, and disbursing the walking and cycling fund be guided by the principles set out in paragraphs 3.8 and 3.9 of the report; and

 

(vi)           an update on progress be presented to a future meeting of the Combined Authority.

18.

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.

 

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 1 June 2020.

 

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Minutes:

            Metro Mayor S Rotheram reported that no questions had been received.

19.

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 1 June 2020.

 

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Minutes:

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