Agenda and minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority - Friday, 4th March, 2022 1.00 pm

Venue: Authority Chamber - No.1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP

Contact: Trudy Bedford 

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117.

Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were received on behalf of:

 

Deputy Portfolio Holders

Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins, Digital Connectivity and Inclusion

Councillor Shelley Powell, Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy

Councillor Kate Groucutt, Inclusive Economy and Third Sector

 

118.

Declarations of Interest

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There were no declarations of interest received.

119.

Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 21 January 2022 pdf icon PDF 301 KB

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Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 21 January 2022 were approved as a correct record.

 

120.

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 recent activities and key developments since the last meeting of the LCR Combined Authority.

 

Beginning his announcements, the Metro Mayor spoke about the dreadful situation in Ukraine and how the images that had been broadcast of the suffering of men, women and children as a result of Putin’s war, were horrific. The Metro Mayor stated that any attack on a sovereign nation was an attack on us all and he was sure that the City Region would stand together, with Ukraine in the face of this senseless assault.

 

The Metro Mayor recognised that good wishes alone would not be enough to curtail the evil intent of Putin and it would be necessary for us all to do all we could to support the people of Ukraine in their desperate struggle for freedom.

 

The Metro Mayor explained how he had been moved by the story of Ian Umney from St Helens who was in the UK for work when the Russian invasion began. Ian had made the impossible journey back from our region to Ukraine to be with his wife and his son at their home in Nikopol. The Metro Mayor wished Ian and his family all the very best and hoped that they came through this horrendous episode unharmed.

 

Concluding, the Metro Mayor recognised the generosity and warmth of the people of the City Region, who he was sure would provide sanctuary to the civilians of Ukraine who were seeking to escape the horrors of the war. Furthermore, following discussions with the Mayor and Leaders, the Metro Mayor would be writing to the Merseyside Pension Fund asking them to divest investment from any Russian assets.

 

The LCR Combined Authority stood for a minute’s silence. 

 

Continuing his announcements, the Metro Mayor reported that he had recently met with various Ministers and Secretaries of State from Departments such as Transport, Education, BEIS, DCMS and Trade. He explained that there had been some productive conversations regarding the exciting developments taking place across the Region. He had also continued to challenge for more funding, power and local decision making to transform the City Region and ensure it received its fair share of funding to secure genuine levelling up.

 

The Metro Mayor referred to the budget setting process which all the Constituent Councils were currently undergoing. The Metro Mayor placed on record his thanks to the Leaders and Mayor for their efforts to put together balanced budgets, which would protect frontline services as much as possible along with the most vulnerable in the City Region. Adding how, over the past 12 years there had been a relentless assault on local government funding, but Labour Councils had stood firm year after year, continuing to invest in their communities despite the enormous weight of austerity.

 

 

The Metro Mayor reported that he had visited each of the six Constituent Local Authorities and had met with businesses, public service providers, community and voluntary groups.

 

The Metro Mayor informed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 120.

121.

Next stages towards Bus Reform in the Liverpool City Region pdf icon PDF 220 KB

To consider a report of the Executive Director of Corporate Services and the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Corporate Services and the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality which sought approval to determine the Combined Authority’s approach on the next stages of Bus Reform in the Liverpool City Region under the requirements of the Bus Services Act 2017.

 

The Metro Mayor introduced the report and explained that one of the major reasons he had stood to be the Mayor of the Liverpool City Region was because of the opportunity that had been negotiated in the devolution deal with Government to be able to use specific bus legislation to fix the region’s broken, fragmented and too expensive transport network. He stated that when he had been an MP, he had seen the differential between transport in the City Region compared to that in the Capital.

 

The Metro Mayor reflected on the once in a generation opportunity Bus Reform provided the City Region, particularly as 82% of public transport journeys in the City Region were undertaken by bus. In too many places, public transport was too confusing, too unreliable, and too expensive and ticketing was a real problem. Furthermore, the significance of this decision could not be overstated.

 

The Metro Mayor explained that since he had been elected, he had been working to deliver the transport network that the 1.6m people in the region deserved, which was a London-style system that made getting about the city region cheaper, faster, greener and much more reliable and simpler.

 

John Fogarty, Executive Director of Corporate Services explained that the Combined Authority was at a pivotal stage in considering its options in respect of Bus Reform. Considerable government funding was also conditional on the Combined Authority expressing a preferred model before the new financial year commenced.

 

Members were advised that this report followed an earlier decision of the Combined Authority in February 2020 which endorsed the bus franchising model of governance as the emerging leading option for bus reform in the City Region. However, the 2020 decision was conditional on further detailed work being undertaken on an outline business case which had now demonstrated, in principle, how effective a franchise model would be or the City Region.

 

John Fogarty explained that the draft assessment supported the introduction of franchising for the City Region as the best form of bus governance which would secure the greatest economic, social and environmental benefits across the City Region. However, franchising would also link communities with each other and to sites of employment, leisure and key public services such as health and schools. There were around 100 million journeys taken by bus each year in the City Region and it was the most important strand of a public transport network and depended on by many.

 

Furthermore, buses would be absolutely pivotal to the City Region’s zero carbon ambitions by encouraging the use of public transport and as an alternative to the car. The Combined Authority had already set out its intentions and aspirations for a London  ...  view the full minutes text for item 121.

122.

Financial Performance Report pdf icon PDF 342 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Corporate Services and the Portfolio Holder for Policy Reform and Resources.  

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The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Executive Director of Corporate Services and the Portfolio Holder for Policy, Reform and Resources.

 

The Metro Mayor stated that this report provided an overview of the revenue and capital financial performance of the Combined Authority for the period April 2021 to January 2022.

 

John Fogarty explained that the report presented the Quarter 3 financial update for the period ending on December 31st. The report proposed a number of adjustments to the budget to accommodate some planned slippage of various programmes into the following year. These were principally around rolling stock, tidal energy and digital projects which were continuing to recover ground that had been lost due to the pandemic. It also included significantly £1m from the current year's budget that would move into the following year's budget as a result of the work that had just been discussed around bus reform. The report also presented a Capital Programme update including SIF and TCF schemes.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(a)    the contents of the report be noted; and

(b)    the revised revenue budget for 2021/22 be approved.

123.

Liverpool City Region Adult Education Budget funding allocations and Level 3 Adult Offer Allocations 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 159 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder for Education, Skills, Equality and Diversity.  

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder for Education, Skills, Equality and Diversity which set out the proposed allocation of £53.3m for adult education across the City Region to grant funders and contracts for service providers following a procurement exercise. The report was also seeking approval to accept £4.4m in National Skills Fund Level 3 Adult offer.

 

The Metro Mayor explained that the Adult Education Budget was a key part of the devolution settlement and was one of the main blocks that had been received. It was a real example of how the Authority had responded to the adult education needs of its residents by supporting their learning and innovation in regard to the way that had been delivered that locally.

 

Mayor Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Education, Skills Equality and Diversity, presented the report and made the following comments:

 

·       Devolution of the Adult Education Budget had been hugely beneficial to the Liverpool City Region by supporting over 32,000 learners each year and delivering more provision in the skills priority areas needed. Local flexibilities that benefited residents had been introduced, including fully funding provision for more low-income learners, establishing new learning aims, and testing new ways of delivering. Entering year four of delivery was an exciting phase in the new commissioning cycle, the detail of which had been outlined in the report.

 

·       The report sought approval to accept the annual grant allocation for the Adult Education Budget of £53.3m and the delegated Level 3 Adult Offer of £4.4m for the academic year 2022-23. It also set out the proposed grant funded allocations to a number of organisations including Colleges and local authorities based on prior year allocations.

 

·       Following the end of the current three-year commissioning cycle, a new procurement round had also been completed, and the recommendations for the allocations for contracts for service provision to the ranked order of providers was included in Appendix 1.

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)    the grant allocation of devolved AEB of £53,357,285 and the delegated National Skills Fund Level 3 Adult offer of £4,432,298 for the period 1 August 2022 to 31 July 2023 be noted and accepted, noting the conditions of grant associated with the delegated funding;

(b)    the indicative funding allocations to grant funded providers, as summarised in Appendix One be approved;

(c)    the indicative funding allocations and award of contracts following procurement for contract for service providers as summarised in Appendix One be approved;

(d)    authority be delegated to the Combined Authority Treasurer and Monitoring Officer to conclude the contract award process for contract for service provision;

(e)    the continuation of the Facilitation Fund using AEB in 2022/23 as set out in sections 4.3 and 4.4 be agreed;

(f)     the Scheme of Delegation outlined in section 6 regarding the allocations to providers for the Level 3 Adult Offer for 2022/23 be agreed; and

(g)    the headline data referenced in section 7 relating to the last AEB academic year for 2020/21  ...  view the full minutes text for item 123.

124.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Social Value Policy and Framework pdf icon PDF 484 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Corporate Services and the Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy and Third Sector.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Corporate Services and the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector which sought approval for the Social Value Policy and Framework.

 

The Metro Mayor stated that he had given a manifesto commitment to produce an annual report on Social Value and this framework provided a mechanism to achieve this.  The framework would take effect from 1st April and the first annual report would be presented to the Combined Authority next year. This new policy and framework committed the Combined Authority, at all levels of the organisation, to do more and to do better in the future, and to be held to account for the social value generated for our communities.  

 

Councillor Jeanette Williamson explained that the Policy and Framework brought together work that her colleagues were already doing in their individual councils and certainly something that Wirral Council had led the way on in terms of social value. As the Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy and the Third Sector she echoed the Metro Mayor’s comments and stated her support for the Social Value Policy and Framework.

 

The Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram recognised that Councillor Williamson had driven this agenda forward along with the other Leaders and he thanked her for such a collaborative effort, which had resulted in good policy.

 

RESOLVED - That the draft Liverpool City Region Social Value Policy and Framework in Appendix 1 of this report be approved.

125.

Equality Strategy 2022/26 pdf icon PDF 800 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Corporate Development and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder for Policy Reform and Resources.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Corporate Development and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder for Policy, Reform and Resources which presented the four-year equality strategy for the Combined Authority.

 

The Metro Mayor explained that this report set out the Combined Authority’s strategy for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and the vision, objectives and actions which would see the Combined Authority achieving its goals.

 

Liz Dean, Executive Director Corporate Development and Delivery, stated that this report followed the approval by the Combined Authority earlier in the year to develop a four-year Equality Strategy for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Members would recall at the January meeting a draft vision and a set of equality objectives had been approved and it had also been agreed to go back and undertake further detailed work.

 

Since that meeting the strategy had continued to be developed through a wide variety of internal and external engagement activity to ensure that as a Combined Authority it was responding to what residents were really saying and what stakeholders had highlighted was important to them. The Authority had therefore undertaken an external survey, consultation sessions with a variety of internal and external Boards and Panels and it had also involved and been presented to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

The Equalities Strategy identified objectives under three themes as an Employer, as a Commissioner and as a Civic Leader, which also aligned to the Race Equality Declaration that the Combined Authority had previously approved. The strategy was a road map for levelling the playing field and making our region the fairest place possible and would also link to the Metro Mayor’s manifesto and the vision articulated in the Corporate Plan.

 

Furthermore, the high level delivery plan was based on the actions in the strategy, and regular reports would be provided to the Combined Authority.

 

Mayor Joanne Anderson was grateful for all the work that Liz Dean and her team had achieved welcomed how well thought out the equality objectives were. 

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(a)    the Equality Strategy 2022-2026 be approved;

(b)    it be noted that the Equality Strategy would be subject to annual review and presentation; and

(c)    it be noted that both the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Audit and Governance Committee would play an ongoing role in support of embedding equality, diversity and inclusion within the Combined Authority.

126.

Liverpool City Region Fair Employment Charter: Approvals and Next Steps pdf icon PDF 295 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Education and Skills and the  Executive Director of Policy, Strategy and Government Relations.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder: Education and Skills and the Executive Director of Policy, Strategy and Government Relations which set out the process for the first two levels of the Fair Employment Charter.

 

The Metro Mayor explained that the application process was fairly light touch for aspiring organisations and slightly more involved to achieve the accredited status. The report also set out the step’s employers would need to take to achieve accreditation, along with the proposed membership of the advisory group and reference group.

 

Councillor Jeanette Williamson welcomed the Charter and felt that this was very much in keeping with the last few agenda items around fairness and inclusivity in the City Region. Councillor Williamson explained that at the last meeting of the Combined Authority the Plan for Prosperity was agreed, which was focused on supporting the development of an inclusive economy across the City Region. The Fair Employment Charter provided a way for to show what good quality employment looked like. Seeing accreditation of employers against the Charter would enable the Combined Authority to realise its shared vision of a fairer, stronger, inclusive and cleaner City Region.

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)    the update on the implementation of the Fair Employment Charter be noted;

(b)    delegated authority be given to the Executive Director for Policy, Strategy and Government Relations to authorise employers as meeting the aspiring and accredited levels of the Fair Employment Charter following input from the Reference Panel: the accredited level would be undertaken in consultation with the Portfolio Lead for Education and Skills;

(c)    the role and membership of the Advisory Group and Reference Panel as set out in Appendix Two be endorsed;

(d)    Local Authorities be requested to identify named contacts to undertake due diligence checks of applicants; and

(e)    the potential milestones for activity in 2022 be noted.

127.

Local Skills Action Plan 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 201 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Policy, Strategy and the Portfolio Holder: Education and Skills.

 

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Policy, Strategy and Government Relations which presented the Local Skills Action Plan 2022/23.

 

The Metro Mayor noted that this report sought agreement of the Local Skills Action Plan, which was produced as a condition of the Combined Authority’s funding from the Department for Education and was used by the DfE to analyse trends nationally. Alongside the more detailed plan required by the DfE a summary of the key issues and proposed actions was also produced which was included in the report.

 

Mayor Joanne Anderson explained that the detailed local skills report followed a format set by the Department for Education whilst the Local Skills Action Plan was a shorter summary document. She explained that the last 12 months had seen a tightening in the labour market with an increase in employment and falling unemployment coupled with a significant increase in vacancies this meant that employees were finding it hard to recruit and retain staff. There had been some narrowing of gaps for women, people from an ethnic minority and those with a disability and a sustained focus was required to make this a lasting impact.

 

There were a number of programmes which the Combined Authority was working with Government to deliver including Multiply and to take advantage of the offers set out in the Levelling Up White Paper. Mayor Anderson placed on record her thanks to Asif Hamid for his time to Chairing the Employment and Skills Board and helping to maintain that focus on driving through the change.

 

Asif Hamid MBE welcomed the report and recognised that there were a lot of changes to take place which would require a collaborative approach between all parties.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(a)    the update provided on the labour market be noted; and

(b)    the Local Skills Action Plan 2022/23 attached at Appendix One and the Local Skills Report 2022/3 attached at Appendix Two be approved.

128.

Mersey Tidal Project Update pdf icon PDF 249 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director: Place and the Portfolio Holder for Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Executive Director: Place and the Portfolio Holder: Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy which provided an update on the Mersey Tidal Power Project (MTPP).

 

The Metro Mayor explained that the Mersey Tidal project remained a valuable development option for low carbon generation as the Combined Authority progressed towards its Net Zero Carbon ambitions.

 

Councillor David Baines, Portfolio Holder: Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy, emphasised the importance and potential of the Mersey Tidal project as it provided a serious option for low carbon generation, to progress the City Regions net zero ambitions. Furthermore, with the current energy cost crisis in this country and the significant implications of current world events now was the time to make urgent progress with renewable energy.

 

Councillor Baines stated that Government had maintained a position on net zero by 2050. However, the City Region had a more ambitious target of 2040. The Mersey Tidal project was a significant intervention and provided bold leadership by the City Region for what could be the largest publicly led renewable project in the whole UK.

 

Richard McGuckin, Executive Director: Place, reinforced some of the points made and stated that the report set out the progress so far He anticipated that Government would publish its National Planning Policy Statement and it was anticipated that Tidal Range would be included which would give the City Region the opportunity then to play on the national scale.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(a)    alignment of the strategic and economic benefits of the Mersey Tidal Power Project considering the publication of the LCR NetZero Pathway to 2040 in January 2022 be noted;

(b)    it be noted that the Phase 3 concept development phase had been extended to March 2023 (from March 2022) and that a gateway review and scheme recommendation would be brought forward in September 2022;

(c)    it be noted that it was anticipated that HM Government would publish a revised National Planning Statement (NPS) for Energy in mid-2022 which was anticipated to include an updated position on the need for Tidal Range to contribute to national Net Zero targets;

(d)    it be noted that Phase 4 Activity could only be commenced once clarity from HMG on a revised national Planning Statement for Energy was received. This included any development expenditure (DevEx) on progressing the project to consenting as a National Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP);

(e)    it be noted that as part of the extended Phase 3 activity, environmental, interested party and community stakeholder engagement would take place from late March to June 2022 including discussions on potential scheme locations for barrage and lagoon solutions across the Mersey Estuary; and

(f)     it be noted that consultancy contracts required to progress engineering design, ecology surveys and environmental studies would be procured at costs of around £200,000 to £450,000 each, which was above normal delegated decision limits of £150,000 but within the delegated powers, to £1 million, afforded to the Mersey Tidal Power Project related to single  ...  view the full minutes text for item 128.

129.

Allocation of funding from Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) to support the Green Sustainable Travel Corridors (GSTC) programme pdf icon PDF 200 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director Place and the Portfolio Holder Transport and Air Quality.

 

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director: Place and the Portfolio Holder Transport and Air Quality which sought approval to request £255,000 from the Transforming Cities Fund to continue the works which formed part of the Green Sustainable Travel Corridors programme.

 

RESOLVED – That the proposal to continue Work Package 8 of the Green Sustainable Travel Corridors Programme until June 2023 at a cost of £255,000 to be funded from the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) to be delivered by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) be approved.

130.

Proposals for the delivery of critical City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements - Highways Maintenance and Non-Highways Maintenance Programme in 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 291 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality.  

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality which provided an update on the proposed City Region Sustainable Transport funding allocations.

 

The Metro Mayor explained that approval was sought to allocate nearly £233m of the funding for highways and non-highways maintenance. This was a major programme for the City Region and part of the ambition to create a London style transport system, which would improve the City Regions highways, active travel, bus and rail networks.

 

Councillor Liam Robinson emphasised the importance of this settlement, noting that the Combined Authority had been awarded an allocation of £710m from the City Region Sustainable Transport Fund and a significant amount of that was for funds which could be spent on the highway network. Furthermore, from a transformational point of view the settlement could also be used on non-maintenance requirements by utilising improvements on the highway network, which could help to build the London style transport network that had been mentioned earlier and had been talked about so often in the past as well.

 

RESOLVED: That:

 

(a)            the programme and significant changes to local transport funding arrangements from 2022/23 to 2026/27 as a result of the creation of the new City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) be noted;

(b)      the indicative, but very significant CRSTS funding allocation of £710m that will be available between 2022/3 – 2026/27 be welcomed, noting the focus of this funding on the delivery of sustainable transport measures and on decarbonisation;

(c)      it be noted that a CRSTS funding allocation for 2022/23, together with greater clarity on the overall funding award, was anticipated from the Department for Transport shortly, linked to a revised business case submitted to DfT in January 2022 (Appendix 1);

(d)      In anticipation of (c) above, it be agreed in principle to allocate £232.96m from the total CRSTS budget for Highways Maintenance and Non-Highways Maintenance plans and works developed for the period April 2022 – March 2027;

(e)      the £43.01m 2022/23 Highways Maintenance and Non-Highways Maintenance programme as shown in Table 1.2 b approved and allocated, following receipt of a formal funding award for the new financial year from DfT; and

(f)       Delegated authority be given to the Executive Director Investment and Delivery, the Executive Director Corporate Services, the Executive Director - Place, and the Chief Legal and Monitoring Officer in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality to disburse funds and develop funding agreements to delivery partners, in order to progress schemes in 2022/23 as identified in this report (subject to funding availability).

131.

Brownfield Land Fund update pdf icon PDF 555 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Planning and the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder: Housing and Spatial Planning and Executive Director of Investment and Delivery which requested approval to allocate an additional £14.8m in Brownfield Land Fund and the proposed allocations for the funding.

 

Councillor Graham Morgan, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Planning, explained that the report presented the latest plans to invest the Brownfield Land Fund across the City Region. The Brownfield Land Fund was the City Region’s first devolved funds for housing.  Building on our good work, today's report confirmed a further £15m in additional funding from the government. This has meant that a total of £60m would be invested in brownfield sites across the City Region delivering over 4,000 new homes for local residents. The Combined Authority had a solid track record of making sure that the devolved funding could make a difference in our communities working in an agile way to respond to new opportunities for the City Region. The recommendations in the report allowed the Combined Authority, Local Authorities and partners to remain agile and responsive to future opportunities. Councillor Morgan, emphasised that the Combined Authority would continue to lobby the government to ensure that they provided the opportunities allowing to further build on the track record of delivery for local communities.

 

Aileen Jones, Executive Director for Investment and Delivery, mentioned that the published version of the report did not include the pre-development allocations that were set out in paragraph 3.11 of the report. The public version, due to an administrative error, did not have the table which was referenced in 3.11 which referred to the pre-development allocations that had been made to Sefton, Knowsley and Wirral which was now in the revised version that you would have seen and which was available online. 

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)    an additional Brownfield Housing Fund grant offer of £14.8m from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) be formally accepted;

(b)    the update on current approved Brownfield Land Fund projects be noted;

(c)    the process for allocating additional Brownfield Land Funds and the indicative funding amounts set out in Tables 1a and b for those highest scoring projects from the private sector call reserve list reported to the Combined Authority in November 2021 and new Local Authority led projects be approved. Those projects would be taken forward to Full Business Case stage until all current and additional funding was allocated;

(d)    delegated authority be given on the terms set out in this Report to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Planning, to approve funding for each of the further shortlisted projects following a review of Full Business Cases and recommendations from the Strategic Investment Fund Internal Investment Panel and;

(e)    delegated authority be given to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery to finalise negotiations of detailed funding terms and associated agreements for each approved project, in consultation with the Chief Legal Officer and the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 131.

132.

Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) - Quarterly Update pdf icon PDF 398 KB

To consider a report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector which provided a quarterly update on the performance of the Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) at Quarter Three 2021/22, together with some change requests.

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)    the update on performance as at the end of Q3 2021/22 be noted.

(b)    the material changes to the Crosby Lakeside Project as indicated in sections 3.18-3.20 of the report be agreed; and

(c)    the return of TCF funding from the Birkenhead Flyover Project in Wirral as detailed in sections 3.36-3.37 of the report be noted.

133.

Chief Officer Disciplinary Procedure pdf icon PDF 330 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer.

 

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Monitoring Officer which sought approval of a process and procedure to deal with the disciplinary matters for Chief Officers.

 

Jill Coule, Chief Legal Officer and Monitoring Officer, advised that this report had been considered by the Audit and Governance Committee in January this year and had recommended adoption of a nationally recognised procedure for dealing with disciplinary matters for Chief Officers. It was a precautionary measure at this juncture and as it would be included in the Constitution it therefore required a unanimous vote.

 

RESOLVED unanimously- That:

 

(a)    the Joint Negotiation Committee (JNC) Model Disciplinary Procedure and Guidance for Local Authority Chief Executives, which includes the processes and procedures for dealing with both the appointment and discipline of Chief Officers (Appendices 1 and 2) be considered and approved;

(b)    the Guidance for Local Authority Chief Executives, in accordance with the Joint Negotiating Committee October 2016 National Salary Framework & Conditions of Service Handbook be noted;

(c)    the inclusion of the JNC Model Disciplinary Procedure into the Combined Authority Constitution be approved; and

(d)    the amendments to the Constitution and terms of reference for the Audit and Governance Committee and the Appointments and Disciplinary Committee, as set out in Appendix 4 of this report be considered and approved.

134.

Careers & Enterprise - Addendum to Funding pdf icon PDF 287 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Corporate Services.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Executive Director of Corporate Services which sought approval to accept £193,360 on behalf of the LCR Growth Platform Company, as the Combined Authority was the accountable body. This funding would continue to support the Careers and Enterprise programme across the City Region.

 

Mark Basnett, Managing Director, LCR LEP, welcomed the additional funds which the Authority had bid for and would assist disadvantaged groups in the City Region.

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)    the additional award of £193,360 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 accepted; and

(b)    it be agreed to grant this funding to the Liverpool City Region Growth Platform Company to enable it to deliver the measures set out within the offer letter.

135.

Draft Committee timetable 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 24 KB

To approve the Committee timetable for 2022/23.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered the draft Committee timetable for 2022/23.   

 

RESOLVED that the draft Committee timetable for 2022/23 be approved.

136.

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 28 February 2022.

 

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There were no questions submitted by members of the public.

137.

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 28 February 2022.

 

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There were no petitions or statements received.

138.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

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Minutes:

RESOLVED that members of the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the under-mentioned item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as contained in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information)(Variation) Order 2006.

 

139.

Hind Street Land Acquisition

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder: Policy Reform and Resources.

Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder Policy, Reform and Resources and Executive Director of Investment and Delivery which sought approval to allocate £1.8m grant funding to Wirral Council.  

 

RESOLVED: That-

 

(a)    the allocation of £1.8m grant funding to Wirral Council from the Strategic Investment Fund for the acquisition of the National Grid land at Hind Street as set out in paragraph 4.3 be approved;

(b)    delegated authority be given to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery in conjunction with the Combined Authority Monitoring Officer to finalise the terms of any funding agreement; and

(c)    it be noted that a further report on funding for the Pressure Reduction Infrastructure relocation may be brought to a future meeting subject to demonstrating a clear funding pathway to delivery of housing for Phase 1.