Agenda and minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority - Friday, 31st July, 2020 1.00 pm

Venue: Meeting to be held remotely

Contact: Trudy Bedford 

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20.

Minutes Silence

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          Prior to the commencement of the meeting, the Metro Mayor referred to the sudden sad passing of Paul Sanderson, who had recently retired from St Helens Council, where he had worked for 25 years and had been the Strategic Director for Place and Deputy Chief Executive. The Metro Mayor explained that Paul had led on a number of St Helens key Combined Authority supported projects and had contributed a great deal to St Helens and the wider City Region.

 

          The Combined Authority observed a minutes silence as a mark of respect to Paul Sanderson.

21.

Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were received on behalf of:

 

Combined Authority Members

Councillor I Maher, Leader of Sefton MBC and Portfolio Holder: Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy

 

Co-opted Member

Mr A Hamid, MBE, Portfolio Holder: Business and Brexit

Rt Hon J Kennedy, Portfolio Holder: Criminal Justice

 

Deputy Portfolio Holders

Councillor K Groucutt, Inclusive Economy and Third Sector

Councillor P Sinnott, Education, Employment and Skills

Councillor T Hardy, Housing and Spatial Framework

 

Mayoral Advisor

G Ben-Tovim OBE, Natural Environment

Professor Dame J Beer, Higher Education

Lynne Morris, Fairness and Social Justice

Barbara Spicer, Social Housing Growth

Councillor E Spurrell, Preventing Violence against Women and Girls

 

Associate Member

Councillor R Bowden, Leader of Warrington Borough Council

22.

Declarations of Interest

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

23.

Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 5 June 2020 pdf icon PDF 213 KB

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          RESOLVED – That the minutes of the LCR Combined Authority held on 5 June 2020 be approved as a correct record.

24.

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 provided Members with an update on his activities and key developments since the last meeting of the LCR Combined Authority.

 

In doing so he provided an update on LCR Cares, which was a crowdfunding campaign established to support communities and the voluntary sector during the covid pandemic. Metro Mayor Rotheram explained, that to date, £1.5m had been distributed to more than 300 groups and supported over 215,000 people during the pandemic. He placed on record his thanks to the contributions received from the Combined Authority, the National Emergencies Trust, generous donors and importantly of all the residents of the City Region and beyond who had helped keep community groups afloat when they needed it most.

 

Metro Mayor Rotheram went on to provide a summary of recent funding allocations received from Central Government, which were:-

 

·           £45m to bring forward previously used land to deliver at least 3,000 new homes in the City Region;

·           a further £26m for key strategic economic projects to contribute to the post-COVID economic recovery; and

·           an additional £2m in the Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding which would be targeted locally where it was needed most.

 

Metro Mayor Rotheram explained how this was further evidence of the success of devolution by bringing in extra funding to the City Region to the benefit of local residents.

 

The Metro Mayor also provided an update on the plans for a new Merseyrail station at Headbolt Lane in Kirkby, with a further £3.3m investment to move to the next stage of Network Rail’s design process. He explained that the new station plans included proposals for approximately 500 park and ride spaces and bus interchange with step-free access throughout the station. He emphasised that whilst transport may look different post-Coronavirus he remained determined to deliver a London-style integrated transport network for the City Region. Furthermore, the new station would bring improved transport connections to the people in Kirkby and demonstrates the Combined Authorities commitment to expanding the network to our communities across the City Region.

 

Metro Mayor Rotheram referred to the Pride celebrations which took place virtually on Saturday 25 July 2020. He explained that whilst a march couldn’t take place to mark Pride, it was great to be able to take place in the virtual march and send a clear message that the city region was an open, welcoming and inclusive place.

 

Metro Mayor Rotheram took the opportunity to congratulate Liverpool FC for winning the Premier League and passed on his congratulations to the players, manager and all the staff on such a fantastic achievement.  He also paid tribute to Peter Moore, who had announced that he would be standing down as the CEO of Liverpool Football Club after a successful three years in charge of the club. The Metro Mayor remarked that Peter had been a fantastic advocate not only for the football club but for the entire City Region and wished him and his family well for their return to America.

 

In conclusion, the Metro Mayor  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.

25.

PUBLICATION OF THE POST COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To consider the report of the Metro Mayor, Director of Commercial Development and Investment and the Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Metro Mayor, Director of Commercial Development and Investment and the Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning, which presented the LCR Economic Recovery Plan, which had been submitted to Government for consideration.

 

Metro Mayor S Rotheram recognised the large and complex challenges which coronavirus had created across every sphere of our lives, which required a recovery plan on a similar scale. He emphasised how the response to the crisis provided an opportunity to Build Back Better and reshape the City Region in a way which was kinder to each other and the planet, fairer and more equal and allowed the City Region to face its future. To support the development of the Recovery Plan Local Authorities, Trade Union leaders, local businesses, community groups and residents had helped to formulate the response.

 

Metro Mayor Rotheram reported that the Plan was built on strong foundations as before the pandemic the City Region’s economy was growing faster than the national average, unemployment rate had reduced significantly and there was a diverse economy with strengths in material science, infectious diseases control and high-performance computing. To support the recovery and the vision £1.4bn was being sought from national government which would contribute to the building of affordable homes, create over 100,000 jobs and help support people into employment.

 

In conclusion, the Metro Mayor explained that the Recovery Plan could be delivered within the next 12 months and there were some projects which could start imminently. Recognising that there were would be difficult times ahead, however, with a combined effort the City Region could come back stronger from the crisis.

 

Councillor P Hackett recognised the difference the Economic Plan could have across the City Region. For example in Wirral the Plan supported the development of the National Packaging Innovation Centre delivered in partnership with Unilever. As well as the Maritime Knowledge Hub, at Wirral Waters, which would capitalise on the City Regions status as a leading seaport. Councillor Hackett also referred to the transformation of Birkenhead through the West Bank proposals which would bring about a transformational difference to residents across Wirral.

 

Councillor G Morgan welcomed the Plan and paid tribute to the commitment to developing Headbolt Lane Train station, Kirkby. He explained how the Train Station would support the regeneration of Kirby Town Centre and improve connections into Ormskirk. The Plan also supported the development of Halsnead Garden Village and re-invigorate town centres such as Huyton and Prescot.

 

Councillor D Baines thanked the Metro Mayor and officers from across the Combined Authority and St Helens MBC in creating an excellent and deliverable Plan. Councillor Baines recognised that the Plan would support the delivery of Glass Futures in St Helens and furthermore at the centre of the Plan was the addressing of social inequalities across the Region.

 

Councillor R Polhill thanked the Metro Mayor for co-ordinating the Plan and recognised that the Plan included an ambitious programme that would make the City Region the foremost centre  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.

26.

Combined Authority Treasury Management Outturn Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 304 KB

To consider the report of the Treasurer.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Treasurer which provided an update on the treasury management outturn position for the financial year 2019/20 and the performance against the Treasury Management Strategy.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the contents of the report be noted;

 

(ii)             the Treasury Management Outturn report for 2019/20 be approved; and

 

(iii)           the Treasury Management Limits and Prudential Indicators be approved.

27.

Combined Authority revised Treasury Management Strategy 2020/21 and Revised Capital Strategy pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To consider the report of the Treasurer.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report which provided an updated Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Capital Strategy for the financial year 2020/21, which reflected the impact of COVID-19 on debt, investment and capital plans.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the contents of the report be noted;

 

(ii)             the revised Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Capital Strategy for 2020/21 be approved;

 

(iii)           the approach to calculating the Minimum Revenue Provision as detailed in 2.3.2 in Appendix 1 be approved; and

 

(iv)           the Treasury Management Limits and Prudential Indicators be approved.

28.

Governance Update pdf icon PDF 237 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer.

 

 

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report from the Monitoring Officer which sought a number of amendments to the delegated approvals to the Head of Paid Service, the Treasurer, Monitoring Officer and Directors.

 

Jill Coule, Monitoring Officer, advised that as a consequence of the covid related funds, in excess of the key decision criteria, being received from Central Government amendments to officer delegated decisions were required to enable the Combined Authority to respond at pace. The amendments would also enable the Head of Paid Service, in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder to proceed to prepare, circulate, agree and distribute any such funding received. Furthermore, Members attention was drawn to paragraphs 5 and 6 in the report which set out the decisions previously undertaken by the LCR Chief Executive and Merseytravel.  

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the receipt of the funding from Central Government identified in paragraph 4.2 of the report be noted;

 

(ii)             further funding will likely be allocated to the Combined Authority at short notice in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, for as yet unspecified purposes;

 

(iii)           delegated authority be granted to the Head of Paid Service to receive funding from central government in excess of the key decision threshold. Receipt of such funding will be the subject of subsequent report(s) published by the Head of Paid Service;

 

(iv)           delegated authority be granted to the Head of Paid Service, in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder, to prepare, circulate, agree and distribute any funding received from central government. Distribution of such funding will be the subject of subsequent report(s) published by the Head of Paid Service;

 

(v)             the Head of Paid Service shall hold such delegation as specified in (iii) and (iv) until the next Annual Meeting in 2021 and that these delegations will be added to Part 3, Section 6 Standing Delegations to Officers (paragraph 3, Delegated Powers of the Head of Paid Service);

 

(vi)           the decisions made by the Head of Paid Services during the period 6 June to the date of publication of this report 23 July 2020 as set out in paragraph 5 of this report be noted;

 

(vii)          the decisions made by Merseytravel and its Officers during the period 23 March 2020 to the date of publication of this report 23 July 2020 during the pandemic as set out in paragraph 6 of the report be noted;

 

(viii)        the delegations to the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning as specified in paragraphs 3.7 – 3.10 and that these delegations be added to Part 3, Section 6, Standing Delegations to Officers (paragraph 2, General Delegations to the Head of Paid Service, Directors and Monitoring Officer) be approved;

 

(ix)           the Combined Authority officers, namely the Director of Corporate Services (Treasurer) and the Monitoring Officer be authorise to take all necessary steps to manage and safeguard any shareholdings the Combined Authority owns in a company including but not limited to granting permissions, giving consents and compliance with Company Act 2016 requirements and any associated requirements  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28.

29.

Strategic Investment Fund - Quarterly Update pdf icon PDF 698 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).

 

          Councillor P Hackett, Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth and Third Sector advised Members that before the pandemic SIF performance had been improving and £95m of Local Growth Fund had been disbursed last year. However, as a consequence of Covid, the City Region was now facing a 50% reduction in investment. Therefore, consideration would need to be given to moving money away from projects which were unlikely to perform and redirect to those where delivery could be achieved. Councillor Hackett recognised that this would be a challenging approach and each project would be considered on a case by case basis.

 

          Councillor Hackett also advised Members that the future SIF environment was forecasting just over £1 billion in devolved funds to the LCR Combined Authority over three years. Whilst this was a significant funding investment the forecast had identified that funding was required now. Therefore it was proposed that up to £6 million in revenue funding be released for pre-development to support the recovery plan.

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the update as at the end of the financial year 2019/20 be noted;

 

(ii)             the proposed short-form approval method for the Getting Building Fund be approved;

 

(iii)           the release of up to £6 million in revenue funding for pre-development of recovery plan, strategic housing and transport schemes, to be funded from SIF revenue and Merseytravel reserves be approved;

 

(iv)           up to £30 million of future SIF funding which was at risk be used to progress Kindred, and remaining projects submitted to the Getting Building Fund be approved;

 

(v)             the project changes outlined in Section 7, with detail in Appendix 3 to the following projects be approved:

 

(a)      agree the changes requested by the applicant Liverpool City Council on the A562 KRN project as set out in Appendix 3 paragraphs 1.1.1 – 1.1.6;

(b)            agree the changes requested by the applicant Knowsley Council as they relate to the Shakespeare Rail Project as set out in Appendix 3 paragraphs 2.1.1-.2.1.6;

 

(c)            agree the changes requested by Merseytravel to the Duke Street KRN project as set out in Appendix 3 paragraphs 3.1.1- 3.1.7;

 

(d)            agree the changes requested by St Helens Borough Council to the A58/580 KRN project as set out in Appendix 3 paragraphs 4.1.1- 4.1.3;

 

(e)            agree the changes requested by Sefton Borough Council to the A59 Port Capacity KRN project as set out in Appendix 3 paragraphs 5.1.1- 5.1.6,

 

(f)              agree the changes requested by Merseytravel to the Smart Ticketing Project funded by Transforming Cities as set out in Appendix 3 paragraph 6.1.1 -6.1.8 below;

 

(g)            agree the changes requested for the Sustainable Transport Enhancement Package (STEP) programme as set out in Appendix 3 paragraphs 7.1.1- 7.1.13 below; and

 

(h)            agree the changes requested by the applicant Liverpool City Council on the City Centre Connectivity Phase 2  ...  view the full minutes text for item 29.

30.

LIVERPOOL CITY REGION STRATEGIC INVESTMENT FUND: KINDRED, SOCIAL INVESTMENT VEHICLE pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Director of Commercial Development and Investment and the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth and Third Sector which sought approval to provide Kindred with funding via Power to Change.

 

Councillor P Hackett, Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth and Third Sector reported that Kindred would bring about community led growth and through collaboration with the LCR Combined Authority and Power to Change this would benefit communities across the City Region. Members were advised that the Kindred project was seeking £5.5 million from the Strategic Investment Fund and would fund socially trained organisations to enable them to employ local people and build community wealth.

 

In conclusion, Councillor P Hackett, recognised the importance of such a project to the City Region and reported that the Value for Money assessment of the Fund was £20 million.  

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              subject to future funding availability of £5m to be allocated from SIF Gainshare capital and £0.05m of Gainshare revenue be approved;

 

(ii)             that up to £150,000 of this allocation may be used for the purpose of urgent Covid-19 related support necessary to secure the long term objectives of the Project;

 

(iii)           subject to funding, entry into interim arrangements with Power to Change Trust (charity no. 1159982) (the “Supplier”) as the initial grant recipient to commence delivery of the Project be approved;

 

(iv)           subject to funding, the subsequent transfer of the Project and funding arrangements to the Kindred Legal vehicle once governance arrangements are in place be approved; and

 

(v)             authority be granted to the Director of Commercial Development and Investment, in consultation with the Combined Authority Monitoring Officer and Combined Authority Treasurer, to finalise negotiation of the detailed terms of any legal agreements with Power to Change and Kindred necessary to deliver the Project.

 

 

31.

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 27 July 2020.

 

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

32.

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 27 July 2020.

 

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

33.

Vote of Thanks

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Metro Mayor S Rotheram reported that Councillor P Hackett, Leader of Wirral Council would shortly be retiring after serving as 26 years a Councillor and for the past year as Leader of Wirral MBC. He paid tribute to the commitment Councillor Hackett had shown to bringing about regeneration to  New Brighton which had ensured local people and businesses benefitted. From his time on the Employment and Skills Board, Councillor Hackett, had been passionate about skills and upskilling residents to ensure successes in achieving well paid jobs. In conclusion, the Metro Mayor thanked Councillor Hackett for bringing a fresh approach to his year as the Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy and Third Sector and wished him well for his retirement.

 

Each of the Leaders of the Combined Authority paid tribute to the successes Councillor Hackett had achieved during his time as a Councillor, Leader of Wirral MBC and Member of the Combined Authority and wished him well for his retirement. 

 

Councillor Hackett thanked the Members for their kind words and reflected upon what had been an enjoyable time as Councillor and lately as Leader of Wirral MBC and Member of the Combined Authority. In closing he paid tribute to the invaluable relationship Wirral MBC had with the Combined Authority and the Local Authorities and how this would bring about transformational change to the Borough. 

34.

Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1983

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RESOLVED – That under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1985, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that they involved the disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

 

35.

Strategic Infrastructure

To consider a report of the Director for Commercial Development and Investment.

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            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report which sought approval to provide a short term loan of £34million to Liverpool John Lennon Airport (Intermediate) 3 Ltd, the owner of the Liverpool Airport Ltd to meet immediate needs of Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

           

(i)            The provision of a loan of £34 million to Liverpool John Lennon Airport (Immediate) 3 Ltd to be funded from prudential borrowing be approved;

 

(ii)          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 Monitoring Officer and Combined Authority Treasurer, subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 2; and

 

(iii)         a redacted version of the report be made publicly available following its consideration.