Agenda and draft minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority - Friday, 25th September, 2020 1.00 pm

Venue: This meeting will be held remotely

Contact: Trudy Bedford  0151 330 1330

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36.

Apologies for Absence

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Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of:

 

Combined Authority Members

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

Councillor P Hackett, Leader of Wirral MBC and Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector

Councillor A Leech, Substitute Member for Councillor P Hackett

 

Associate Members

 

Councillor R Bowden, Leader of Warrington Borough Council

Councillor I Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council

 

Deputy Portfolio Holders

Councillor L Robertson-Collins, Digital Connectivity and Inclusion

Councillor P Sinnott, Education, Employment and Skills

 

Mayoral Advisors

Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE, Natural Environment

Lynne Morris, Fairness and Social Justice

Barbara Spicer, Social Housing Growth

37.

Declarations of Interest

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Minutes:

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

38.

Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 31 July 2020 pdf icon PDF 248 KB

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Minutes:

          RESOLVED – That the minutes of the LCR Combined Authority held on 31 July 2020 be approved as a correct record.

39.

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 referred to the recent local restrictions which the City Region had been placed under as a result of rising covid cases. He acknowledged that with the rising number of cases and the new national restrictions that we would be living with the virus for some time to come. He encouraged residents to follow the advice and be responsible.

 

          The Metro Mayor reported that with the returning of University students to the City both Mayor Anderson OBE and he had written to the students extending a warm welcome and shared some vitally important covid safety messages. Furthermore, he also reported on the excellent work being undertaken by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, in conjunction with Liverpool City Council, called ‘Project Campus Shield’. The project was ensuring that students and staff had access to testing facilities across the campuses.

 

          Metro Mayor Rotheram advised that he had welcomed Thomas Oppermann, Vice President of the Bundestag to the City Region as part of his tour of the UK. He explained that Germany was a key export market for the City Region, which was worth £612m per year and with the imminent departure from the European Union, this was an important opportunity to promote the City Region’s strengths, its international profile and global potential.

 

          Discussions centred on sharing knowledge between the Liverpool City Region and German port cities as well as the opportunities to expand trading across key sectors such as low carbon, digital, infectious disease control, materials chemistry and high-performance computing. In conclusion the Metro Mayor explained that this was a very positive meeting and he would be keeping in close contact with the Vice President.  

 

         

40.

Review into the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To consider the report of the LCR Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which presented the report and recommendations of the Scrutiny review into the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership.

 

          Councillor T Crone, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, presented the report to the LCR Combined Authority and reported that the Task and Finish Group had been established to develop a greater understanding of the work of the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership and to also determine how it contributed towards the economic growth across the Liverpool City Region.

 

          Councillor Crone reported that during the course of the review, Members had heard evidence from Mark Basnett, Managing Director of the LCR LEP, Asif Hamid MBE, Chair of the LCR LEP Board, Government representatives, a LEP Network Ambassador, two Chief Executives from constituent Councils and Combined Authority officers. He reported that the evidence provided had enabled the Group to develop 19 recommendations which broadly covered the themes of governance, business resilience, supporting climate change, skills, communications and social return. Councillor Crone concluded by thanking the Members of the Task and Finish Group, Mark Basnett and Tony Wade from the LCP LEP for their insight and to the various witnesses for giving up their time.

 

          Mr Asif Hamid MBE, Chair of the LCR LEP, welcomed the report and expressed what an enjoyable experience it had been to participate in the review and concluded by stating how he was looking forward to engaging further with the Committee.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

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

 

(ii)             The draft response attached at Appendix B be agreed and that this be reported back to the next available meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee; and

 

(iii)           the Chair and Members of the Task and Finish Group be thanked for their participation and findings in the review.

41.

Comprehensive Spending Review Submission pdf icon PDF 121 KB

To consider the report of the Metro Mayor and Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Metro Mayor and Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning which included a Liverpool City Region submission in response to the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR).

 

          Dr Aileen Jones, Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning, reported that the deadline for the submission to Government was Thursday 24 September 2020, accordingly the City Region had submitted a response.  It was reported that initially the CSR was to cover a three year period, however, with the implications of coronavirus it was suggested that this maybe reduced to a year.

 

          RESOLVED – That the submission provided to Government be noted and endorsed.  

42.

Liverpool City Region Climate Progress Update pdf icon PDF 775 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Low Carbon and Energy Renewables and the Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Assistant Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning and the Portfolio Holder: Low Carbon and Renewable Energy which provided an update on the progress to address the Climate Emergency declared by the Combined Authority in May 2019.  The report also provided an update on the establishment of the LCR Climate Partnership and the launch of the Community Environment Fund.

 

          Councillor R Polhill, Portfolio Holder: Low Carbon and Renewable Energy, reported that the establishment of the Climate Partnership was announced by the Metro Mayor at the Year of the Environment Summit in November 2019. The Partnership had now been established and were making excellent progress in developing a Climate Action Plan for the Liverpool City Region.

 

          Councillor Polhill advised the report proposed a number of key principles for the action plan and also set out a programme of work which would balance stakeholder engagement with rapid action, including the formation of a wider stakeholder-based Climate Panel. Furthermore, the report sought approval of the Community Environment Fund which would have a budget of £500,000, the Fund had been announced at the Year of the Environment Summit and was intended to boost local environmental action and support the green recovery of the Liverpool City Region. In conclusion, Councillor Polhill requested that recommendation (e) be amended and the funding awards be made in conjunction with the Portfolio Holder.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the progress made to achieve the commitments made by the Combined Authority and Metro Mayor in response to the Climate Emergency Declaration in 2019 be noted;

 

(ii)             the activity undertaken by the Climate Partnership to date be noted;

 

(iii)           the creation of a stakeholder based Climate Panel to broaden participation in development of a Climate Action Plan be approved;

 

(iv)           the Key Principles proposed for the development of the Climate Action Plan (Appendix B) be approved and note the proposed programme of work; and

 

(v)             the Community Environment Fund with a total initial budget of £500,000 be approved and delegate authority be granted to award funding to projects to the Director of Policy and Strategic Commission, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder: Low Carbon and Renewable Energy and the Combined Authority Treasurer, up to a maximum sum of £50,000 per project and in accordance with the guidelines agreed by the Climate Partnership.

43.

Strategic Investment Fund - Investment Strategy and Assurance Framework pdf icon PDF 312 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 for Inclusive Development and Third Sector and Director of Commercial Development and Investment which sought approval of the 2020 Strategic Investment Funding (SIF) Investment Strategy and the SIF Assurance Framework.

 

          Mark Bousfield, Director of Commercial Development and Investment reported that the Investment Strategy provided guidance for stakeholder which explained the Authority’s process for managing the SIF Fund. He highlighted that the Strategy had been amended to support a timely decision-making process, offer sectoral guidance and critically sharpening the language on performance. The Assurance Framework sets the standards by which the Government can assess how the Combined Authority is administering it’s Funds.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the draft Investment Strategy as set out in Appendix One be approved;

 

(ii)             the draft Assurance Framework as set out in Appendix Two be approved; and

 

(iii)           delegated authority be granted to the Director of Commercial Development and Investment and the Combined Authority Monitoring Officer to make minor amendments post 25 September 2020 in order to finalise the Investment Strategy and the Assurance Framework with Government. If more significant matters are raised with Government, officers will conclude the Investment Strategy and Assurance Framework in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy and Third Sector.  

44.

Strategic Investment Fund - Quarterly Update pdf icon PDF 418 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Growth 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 Growth and Third Sector and Director of Commercial Development and Investment which provided a quarterly update on the Strategic Investment Fund (SIF).

 

          Mark Bousfield, Director of Commercial Development and Investment reported that in addition to the quarterly SIF update the report also sought approval to agree changes to a number of previously agreed SIF projects which were set out in Section 5 of the report.

 

          Councillor K Groucutt, Deputy Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth and Third Sector, welcomed the report and recognised that during this challenging period it was positive to see projects progressing well and joint working across the City Region. She acknowledged it was important for all projects to proceed as planned and for the Combined Authority to deliver to ensure that Government would be encouraged to provide additional funds in the future.

 

          Councillor I Maher, Leader of Sefton MBC, explained that the additional funding for the strategic acquisitions programme in Sefton would enable the project to continue at pace and ensure the demolition of a number of buildings and provide important access for the development.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the quarterly update which included a shared need to continue pressure on disbursements be noted;

 

(ii)             the following changes to previously agreed SIF projects be agreed:-

 

·         Alt Valley Community Project;

·         City of Liverpool College;

·         A570 Linkway (St Helens);

·         Access to Halsnead Garden Village; and

·         Strategic Acquisitions programme (Sefton).

 

(iii)           the changes approved under delegated powers as set out in Section 5 with detail in Appendix one be noted.

         

45.

Quarter One Financial Performance 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 360 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Corporate Services.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Director of Corporate Services which provided a financial update for the revenue and capital activity for the period 1 April to 30 June 2020.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the revenue position for the Combined Authority for the period to 30 June 2020 be noted;

 

(ii)             the revisions to the revenue budget as detailed at 4.1.1 in the report be approved;

 

(iii)           the capital position for the Combined Authority for the period to 30 June 2020 be noted; and

 

(iv)           note that a revised budget taking into account the impact of COVID19 will be submitted to the Combined Authority in due course.

46.

Households into Work: Extension of Staffing Contracts pdf icon PDF 227 KB

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

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Portfolio Holder: Education, Employment and Skills and the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning which sought approval to extend the fixed term contracts of the Households into Work programme staff to 30 June 2021.

 

          Councillor I Maher, Leader of Sefton MBC, paid tribute to the success of the Households into Work programme and summarised the importance of ensuring the extension to contracts of the programme staff was secured.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the Households into Work delivery which took place through lockdown be noted; and

 

(ii)             the extension of Household into Work Programme staff contracts through to June 2021, to be underwritten by SIF Funds, be approved.

47.

Acceptance of Grant Funding for Growth Platform pdf icon PDF 204 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Corporate Services.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Director of Coporate Services which sought approval to accept additional grant funding from central government on behalf of the Growth Platform to support the Local Energy North West Hub, School Careers Hub and Business Grant.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the award of £404,000 to the Liverpool City Region Growth Company, via the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as its accountable body, to support the Local Energy North West Hub be noted;

 

(ii)             the award of £580,942 to the Liverpool City Region Growth Company, via the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as its accountable body, to support the ‘Careers & Enterprise’ programme across the Liverpool City Region be noted;

 

(iii)           the award of £329,000 to the Liverpool City Region Growth Company, via the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as its accountable body, to support the ‘Supplementary Growth Hub’ programme across the Liverpool City Region be noted; and

 

(iv)           the transfer of funding to the Liverpool City Region Growth Company to enable it to deliver the measures set out within the offer letter be agreed.

48.

Acceptance of Additional EU Grants and Extensions of Existing ESIF Projects pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To consider the report of the Treasurer and the Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills and the Portfolio Holder for Business Support and Brexit.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Treasurer and the Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills and the Portfolio Holder for Business Support and Brexit, which sought approval to accept the additional grant funds under the European Social Fund (ESF) for the LCR ESF Ways to Work programme and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grants for LCR ERDF Place Marketing for Inward Investment projects.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the additional European Social Fund grant outlined in Table 1A (subject to approval from DWP) and the additional European Regional Development Fund grant outlined in Table 1B, for which the Combined Authority acts as the accountable body be agreed;

 

(ii)             the onward grant awards of the additional money to the relevant Delivery Partners listed in Table 2A and Table 2B be agreed; and

 

(iii)           delegated authority be granted to the Treasurer and Monitoring Officer to sign relevant variations to grant funding agreement letters and agree any necessary amendments to these schemes during the period of their delivery.

49.

Acceptance of European Social Fund for the LCR Positive Inclusion Programme and Acceptance of Additional European Regional Development Grant to Support SME Restart and Recovery and Kickstarting Tourism Package pdf icon PDF 254 KB

To consider the report of the Treasurer, Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills and the Portfolio Holder for Business and Brexit.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Treasurer and the Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills and the Portfolio Holder for Business Support and Brexit which sought approval for the Combined Authority to accept and act as the Accountable Body for the European Social Fund (ESF) award by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for the Positive Inclusion programme.

 

          The report also sought approval to accept additional European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) for the existing LCRCA Integrated Business Support programme to provide a package of support for the visitor and wider LCR economy.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the European Social Fund (ESF) grant for the Positive Inclusion programme outlined in Table 1 be accepted and the LCR Combined Authority act as the Accountable Body for the scheme, once the Funding Agreement from DWP has been received and signed by all parties;

 

(ii)             the additional European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the LCR Combined Authority Integrated Business Support programme, outlined in Table 3 and 4 of the report be accepted;

 

(iii)           the onward award of ESF grant to the Delivery Partners listed in Table 2 once the Funding Agreement from DWP has been received and signed by all parties be agreed;

 

(iv)           the onward award of the ERDF grant to the Delivery Partners listed in Table 5 be agreed;

 

(v)             delegated authority be granted to the Treasurer and Monitoring Officer to agree and sign the ESF grant offer letter received from the Department of Work and Pensions and the subsequent grant accession deeds awarded to the Delivery Partners and approve any necessary amendments to these grant accession deeds during the period of their delivery; and

 

(vi)           delegated authority be granted to the Treasurer and Monitoring Officer to agree and sign the ERDF grant offer letter received from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the subsequent grant accession deed to the Liverpool City Region Growth Company Limited.

50.

ELGIN Procurement - Appointment of a software/systems provider to provide a 'virtual management centre' pdf icon PDF 386 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Director for Integrated Transport and the Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Interim Director of Integrated Transport and the Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality which sought approval for the appointment of Elgin to provide a ‘Virtual Management Centre’ for the LCR Combined Authority and constituent Councils.

 

          Councillor L Robinson, Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality, reported that the appointment of Elgin would provide a virtual management centre for the Key Route Network for all six Local Authorities and the Combined Authority. This was enhanced software which provide real time information across the highway network, which had the capability to be integrated with SATNAV’s and shared with bus operators. In conclusion, Councillor Robinson noted that this was an excellent example of collaborative working across the City Region.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the appointment of Elgin to provide a ‘Virtual Management Centre’ for the constituent Councils and LCR Combined Authority be approved; and

 

(ii)             the Officers research and the decision to invoke the provisions of Regulation 32 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (Negotiated procedure without prior publication) for the procurement of this Contract which will enable the consolidation and continuation of the system in the region be noted.  

         

51.

Various Appointments and Governance Updates pdf icon PDF 204 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer.

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          The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Monitoring Officer which proposed a number of appointments in respect of Merseytravel, the Combined Authority Returning Officer (CARO) and the LCR Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the period of appointment of Mark Bousfield and Shane Fitzpatrick as Directors to Merseytravel be extended until the commencement of the next municipal year (defined by the date of the next annual meeting of the Combined Authority);

 

(ii)             Kirsty McLean be appointed as a Director to Merseytravel until the commencement of the next municipal year (defined by the date of the next annual meeting of the Combined Authority);

 

(iii)           Tony Reeves, Liverpool City Council Chief Executive (Head of Paid Service) be appointed as the Combined Authority Returning Officer (CARO) in respect of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Mayoral election, due to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021;

 

(iv)           Note that Jill Coule, Combined Authority Chief Legal Officer and Monitoring Officer will be the Deputy Combined Authority Returning Officer in respect of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Mayoral election, due to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021;

 

(v)             delegated authority be granted to the Monitoring Officer to confirm appointments to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee; and

 

(vi)           the decisions made by the Head of Paid Service during the period 1 August 2020 to the date of publication of this report, 17 September 2020 as set out in paragraph 4 be noted.

52.

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 21 September 2020.

 

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

53.

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 21 September 2020.

 

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

54.

Minutes of the LCR Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 22 July 2020 pdf icon PDF 252 KB

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          RESOLVED – That the minutes of the LCR Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 22 July 2020 were received as a correct record.