This information is split into seven classes of information relating to the Combined Authority’s finances, performance and decision-making.
1. Who we are and what we do
This section includes organisational information, locations,contacts and governance information.
We are the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
We were established on 1 April 2014 and you can read more about who we are here and what we do here.
Our Constitution sets out how we operate, what powers and functions we holds, what bodies make up the Combined Authority and are part of it, how decisions are made and the procedures that are followed to ensure that we operates efficiently, effectively and is both transparent and accountable.
You can contact us in a number of ways:-
In writing: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L69 3HN
2. What we spend and how we spend it
This section includes financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurements and contracts.
Information about our budget for 2017/18 can be found here. This includes information about the revenue budget for 2017/18, Transport Levy, Mersey Tunnels, Strategic Rail Grant and other income, Highways Funding allocations, Local Growth Fund and Single Investment Fund (including projects funded and amounts) and the European Programme Office.
Our Annual Accounts for 2015/16
Under the Accounts and Audit Regulations (England) 2015, our accounts have been certified by the Chief Financial Officer no later than 30 June 2016.
The External Audit Report for 2015/16 can be viewed here.
The Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2016 can be viewed here.
Our financial monitoring reports
The budget monitoring report for quarter 3 of 2016/17 (1 October 2016 to 31 December 2016) can be viewed here. This includes the revised revenue budget and projected outturn at quarter 3, capital projected outturn and a summary of Local Growth Fund (LGF) 1 and 2 performance as at 31 December 2016.
3. What our priorities are and how we are doing
This section includes strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.
In terms of our priorities, we have established 11 portfolio areas to drive forward our work and the portfolios can beviewedhere.
To support this work, we have developed a number of plans and strategies, as well as review and governance arrangements to keep a check on how we are doing. This includes:-
Liverpool City Region Growth Plan and Deal (agreed in 2014) aims to re-establish its reputation as a first tier global city, building on the success of the International Festival for Business. It focuses on transport and skills projects which will support the City Region’s ambitions to create a freight and logistics hub serving an expanded Port of Liverpool. The Growth Deal brings together local, national and private funding as well as new freedoms and flexibilities to focus on four key priority areas as identified in the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Economic Plan:
- Creating a freight and logistics hubwhich will put the City Region in the best place to respond to changes in the UK and international logistics market
- Building on the revival of Liverpool city centreas a world class business and leisure destination
- Driving the transfer of the City Region’s energy supply to low carbonand renewable sources as part of the LCR2Energy initiative
- Skills and business support to enable growth
Building our Future 2016 is the Liverpool City Region’s growth strategy. We have opportunities to deliver greater prosperity for residents for generations to come. This is our single, sustainable strategy to realise our ambitions for economic growth over the next 25 years. Building our future outlines our Strategy for Growth – a strategy which encompasses the entire City Region, acknowledging the unique strengths and assets of each of our local authority areas and communities.
Our Governance and Audit Committee provides assurance of the adequacy of the Combined Authority’s risk management framework and control environment, including the Annual Governance Statement and other assurance statements, that it properly reflects the risk environment and considers any actions required to improve it and to demonstrate how good corporate governance supports the achievements of the Combined Authority’s objectives.Our Governance and Audit Committee identifies risks which require actions to improve it, demonstrates how governance supports the achievements of the Combined Authority’s objects, oversees independence, objectivity, performance and professionalism. The committee meets quarterly and you can view the Committee’s agendas and minutes here.
Our Overview and Scrutiny Committee exists to achieve greater public accountability over decisions made and services delivered to the whole Liverpool City Region in respect of those functions under the remit of the Elected Mayor and Combined Authority. The committee publishes a plan each year, indicating how it will exercise its powers, and it will have the power to suspend decisions of the combined authority whilst it reviews them. You can view the Committee’s agendas and minutes here.
4. How we make decisions
This section includes policy proposals and decisions, our decision making process, internal criteria and procedures,consultations[CK1] .
We meet on a monthly basis and all of our agendas and minutes can be found here. The minutes document the items that were discussed and what the outcome was.
Part 3 of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Constitution outlines the responsibilities for functions, including voting and the procedure for decision making by the Chair.
The Transport Committee is a committee of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and further details, including membership, agendas minutes of the Transport Committee is available on Merseytravel’s website.
Our Overview and Scrutiny Committee exists to achieve greater public accountability over decisions made and services delivered to the whole Liverpool City Region in respect of those functions under the remit of the Elected Mayor and Combined Authority. You can view the Committee’s agendas and minutes here.
5. Our policies and procedures
This section includes current protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.
Operating Agreement and Operational Protocols
The Operating Agreement is the principal constitutional document which will underpin the new governance arrangements. It is to be entered into by the Combined Authority and the 6 constituent Councils and it sets out how the 7 authorities (the 6 Councils and the Combined Authority) will work together on the powers and duties contained within the Constitution, including both economic development and transport functions. There will also be joint working with the Local Enterprise Partnership to ensure efficiency of decision making and effectiveness of service delivery around economic development.
The Operating Agreement is further supplemented by a series of detailed Operational Protocols which have been agreed by all 6 constituent Councils, Merseytravel and the Local Enterprise Partnership. These Protocols set out how the Combined Authority will work with constituent Councils on the following matters:
- Economic Development
- Strategic Housing and Planning
- Employment and Skills
- European Programme
- Accountable Body function
You can read our Operating Agreement and Operational Protocols here.
Our Forward Plan is regularly updated and reflects the key areas we will focus on. Our forward plan for 2017/18 can be viewed here, which also includes confirmation of Combined Authority meetings for the year.
Code of Corporate Governance
‘Corporate governance’ describes how we (the Combined Authority) directs and controls what it does. We need to have a comprehensive governance and accountability framework in place to ensure we operate effectively, efficiently and ethically. This means doing the right things, in the right way, for the right people, in a timely, inclusive, open, honest and accountable manner.
Our Code of Corporate Governance includes our systems and processes, cultures and values, by which local government bodies are directed and controlled and through which they account to, engage with and, where appropriate, lead their communities.
You can view the Code of Corporate Governance here.
6. Lists and registers
This section includes information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the Combined Authority.
Assets can include buildings, artwork, plant and equipment, vehicles and, for the Liverpool City Region, the Mersey Tunnels. Our assets can be viewed here.[CK1]
A register of each Combined Authority member’s financial and / or other interests is outlined on the individual’s information page.
A register of gifts and hospitality is availableupon request.
7. The services we offer
This section includes advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases.
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority was formally established on 1 April 2014.
We provide transparent and accountable strategic decision making for economic development, transport, strategic housing and employment and skills functions. It is focused entirely on strategic governance to facilitate economic growth.
We are driving forward our work through our11 portfolio areas.
We have produced a range of documents to showcase our work around:-
- Economic development and culture
- Skills and apprenticeships
- Spatial planning, environment and air quality
- Single Investment Fund
These documents can beviewed here.
You can keep up-to date with the latest news from us in ournews section.
8. Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Accounts 2016/2017
At the end of every financial year the LCRCA is required to produce an annual Statement of Accounts that sets out the financial position of the Authority for that period.
The accounts are prepared in accordance with all relevant prescribed guidance, codes of practice and reporting standards.