Devolution

Devolution is the granting of powers and funding from central government to local areas.

We are one of a few City Regions to have secured a Devolution Agreement with the Government, meaning decision making and resources around key priorities are managed locally.

The initial Devolution Agreement in November 2015 secured £900 million of funding over the next 30 years and identified a number of priority areas where resources and decision making would be devolved to us. These are employment and skills, housing and planning, transport, innovation, business growth and support, energy, culture and finance. 

In March 2016, further powers and responsibilities were announced giving us additional powers over transport, piloting 100% business rates retention and working in partnership with the Government on children’s services, health, housing and justice.

A condition of the Devolution Agreement was to have a directly elected Mayor. Steve Rotheram was elected as the first Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor in May 2017.

The Combined Authority will use the powers in partnership with the six local councils, Government officials and other public bodies.

CLICK HERE to view documents relating to Liverpool City Region Devolution deal. 

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