Agenda and draft minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority - Friday, 23rd July, 2021 1.00 pm

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

Contact: Trudy Bedford 

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24.

Apologies for Absence

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Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of:

 

Members of the LCR Combined Authority

Mayor Joanne Anderson, Portfolio Holder: Education, Skills, Equality and Diversity

Councillor I Maher, Portfolio Holder: Digital Connectivity and Inclusion

Asif Hamid MBE, Portfolio Holder: Business Support

 

Deputy Portfolio Holders

Councillor K Groucutt, Inclusive Economy and Third Sector

Councillor T Hardy, Housing and Spatial Framework

25.

Declarations of Interest

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Minutes:

No declarations of interest were received.

26.

Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 4 June 2021 pdf icon PDF 321 KB

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Minutes:

RESOLVED – The minutes of the meeting held on 4 June 2021 were agreed as a correct record.

27.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Announcements and Updates

To receive updates from the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.

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Minutes:

The Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram welcomed Katherine Fairclough, Chief Executive of the LCR Combined Authority, to her first Combined Authority meeting since her appointment to the role. The Metro Mayor reflected upon the positive impact the Chief Executive was already making across the organisation. 

 

The Metro Mayor addressed the Government’s easing of Covid-19 related restrictions and drew attention to the continued devastating affect that the virus was having on people’s lives, including the amplification of inequalities and injustices created by austerity measures.  The Metro Mayor urged all to remain cautious so as to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed, and stated that a slow and steady return to normality was required to protect the medically vulnerable. The Metro Mayor expressed concern regarding the Government’s decision to remove the requirement to wear a face mask, as this measure was proven to reduce the spread of Covid-19. In April 2020, the Metro Mayor had joined with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to call for mandatory face coverings on public transport. It was noted that the Mayor of London had the ability to continue the requirement for face coverings across Transport for London services, however Metro Mayors across the UK were unable to do the same due to the fragmented and deregulated nature of transport networks in areas outside of London.  The Metro Mayor explained that he had joined with the Mayors and Leaders of other authorities to request that the Government and Transport Operators rethink and re-instate mandatory face coverings, with a clear message that public transport users wear a face mask to protect others.

 

The Metro Mayor provided an update on his engagement with the Government with regard to progressing key priorities and objectives. These included discussing devolution of the local rail network with the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport,, the deregulation of buses with Baroness Vere, and highlighting the City Region’s unique assets that placed it at the vanguard of the green revolution with the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth. It was also noted that Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP’s attendance at the Decarbonisation and net zero presentation had been very productive, and the event organisers were congratulated for their work. The Metro Mayor had also met with Alok Sharma MP, President for COP 26, which would be the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held in Glasgow later in the year.

 

The Metro Mayor advised that he had attended the monthly meeting on vaccine take up and the impact of Covid-19 on the City Region. He had also met with representatives from the Welsh Assembly to discuss cross-border collaboration to promote shared prosperity, transport connectivity and culture.  The Metro Mayor visited Leeds to meet the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, and discuss the promotion of transport networks and secure employment opportunities. A visit was undertaken  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.

28.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Corporate Plan 2021-2024 pdf icon PDF 338 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Corporate Development and Delivery.

 

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Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram brought Members attention to the Corporate Plan 2021-2024 which was presented to them for approval. The Metro Mayor advised that the Corporate Plan incorporated his manifesto pledges from his first term of office, which had focused on devolution. He explained that over the course of the last 18 months the Combined Authority and the six constituent Local Authorities had worked collaboratively, which was demonstrated by the response to the pandemic and then moving towards supporting the recovery across the City Region. In conclusion, the Metro Mayor explained that this next term of office would focus on rapidly accelerating the pace and scale of delivery, with the Corporate Plan providing the focus for this and he welcomed the opportunity to work with Leaders and the City Mayor to deliver the plan.

 

Katherine Fairclough, LCR Chief Executive, reported that the Corporate Plan set out the organisation’s collective ambitions for the next three years. Furthermore, it reflected the Metro Mayor’s desire for a change in pace on delivery. 

 

Liz Dean, Executive Director of Corporate Development and Delivery reported that at the meeting of the Combined Authority on 4 June 2021, the five draft priorities had been presented. Since then work had continued to develop a collaborative Corporate Plan, which was presented to Members for their consideration. Members were provided with a summary of the purpose and vision of the Plan, highlighting the five priorities and the objectives and activity which would support their implementation.

 

In conclusion, Liz Dean explained to Members that the Corporate Plan would be supported by a 12-month delivery plan which would be reported to the Combined Authority on a regular basis, to demonstrate progress.

 

Metro Mayor Rotheram placed on record his thanks to the Leaders and City Mayor, Local Authority Chief Executives and Officers at the Combined Authority for the work undertaken to develop the Corporate Plan. He noted that the Plan would hold him and the Combined Authority accountable to the residents of the City Region.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)              the Liverpool City Region’s Corporate Plan for 2021-24 including its vision, priorities, strategic objectives and key deliverables be approved;

 

(ii)             the further work which will be progressed to develop a medium-term financial plan which aligns resources to the corporate plan priorities for its duration be noted; and

 

(iii)           a quarterly review of progress on the delivery of the Corporate Plan will be presented to the Combined Authority for consideration.

29.

Combined Authority Revenue and Capital Outturn Report 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 398 KB

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

 

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Corporate Services which provided an unaudited financial position at the end of 2020/21 in respect of the revenue and capital activity of the Combined Authority.

 

John Fogarty, Executive Director of Corporate Services reported that the financial position of the Combined Authority had been significantly influenced by the pandemic, particularly on public transport revenues and some uncertainty still remained. He reported that future decisions would be required to support the recovery while remaining on a stable financial footing. Furthermore, there were a number of project delays which were related to the pandemic, in particular the Rolling Stock Project, which had been impacted by lockdowns in this country and abroad and the associated impact on the supply chain.

 

Metro Mayor S Rotheram recognised that there would be some challenging financial decisions to be considered in the future to ensure that the budget was balanced.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)              the contents of the Combined Authority Financial Outturn Report be noted;

 

(ii)             the revenue and capital outturn position for the financial year 2020/21 be approved;

 

(iii)           the earmarking of underspends as detailed at 4.1.6 for inclusion in a revised 2021/22 revenue budget be approved;

 

(iv)           the revised revenue budget as detailed at 4.1.8 be approved;

 

(v)            the revised capital programme as detailed at 4.2.7 be approved;

 

(vi)           the Treasury Management Outturn report appended at Appendix Two be approved; and

 

(vii)         it be noted that the financial information presented in this report remains unaudited pending the outcome of the 2020/21 Statement of Accounts audit.

30.

Response to the report of the Liverpool City Region Town Centres Commission pdf icon PDF 485 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Policy, Strategy and Government Relations and Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector.

 

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Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Policy, Strategy and Government Relations and Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector which sought approval for responses to the recommendations of the Liverpool City Region Town Centres Commission contained in their report, published in February 2021.

 

Councillor J Williamson, Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector, explained to Members that the report before them presented the Combined Authority’s response to the report of the Town Centre Commission’s report published in spring this year. The Commission was established by the Metro Mayor at the beginningof 2020 to analyse town centres across the City Region and to make recommendations to support their long-term sustainability and maximise their role and value to our local residents.

 

Councillor Williamson reflected on the timely nature of the report, particularly as Town Centres looked to recover from the impact of the pandemic. She highlighted that the recommendations offered an opportunity to set out a really positive role for town centres, one that saw them continue to play a key role in the lives of our local residents in providing the services they needed, but also in particularly driving an inclusive community.

 

Councillor Williamson explained that the Combined Authority’s response to these recommendations were set out in Appendix 1 of the report and that if accepted, the majority of the recommendations would inform future working. However, some of the Commission’s recommendations, were outside of the remit of the CA and Local Authorities and it was suggested that where appropriate, these would be used for lobbying of Government.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)          the publication of the Liverpool City Region Town Centres Commission report be welcomed;

 

(ii)         the responses to the recommendations of the Town Centres Commission report as set out in Appendix 1 be approved; and

 

(iii)       the examples of good practice being undertaken by Local Authorities in the Liverpool City Region designed to promote and support the sustainability of their Town Centres, summarised in Appendix 2 be noted.

 

 

31.

AEB Commissioning Plan 2022-27 pdf icon PDF 250 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery and Portfolio Holder For Education, Skills, Equality And Diversity.

 

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Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery and Portfolio Holder: Education, Skills, Equality and Diversity which sought approval for the devolved Adult Education Budget updated by the Commissioning Plan for Liverpool City Region for the second Commissioning Cycle from 2022/23 onwards.

 

Councillor L Whitley, Deputy Portfolio Holder: Education, Skills, Equality and Diversity presented the report to Members and explained that the Commissioning Plan set out the Adult Education budget for the five year period 2022-2027 and that it built on the experience of the first cycle of delivery. The total budget for the academic year 2021-2022 was £55.5m.

 

Councillor Whitley reported that many of the same principles from the first commissioning cycle would continue, including alignment with our Skills strategy outcomes, safeguarding community learning, and allocating funding to grant funded colleges and Local Authorities and procuring provision from other organisations, with approximately £15m being available to competitively tender in the next round of AEB contracts.

 

Furthermore, the next commissioning cycle would cover a five year period, which would enable a longer-term partnership approach to develop with procured providers and help to provide some financial stability in what had been a difficult period of delivery, whilst recognising the level of resource required to undertake procurement on this scale.  

Councillor Whitley noted that the National Skills Fund Level 3 Adult Offer delegated to the Combined Authority would also be included in the commissioning approach alongside devolved AEB. 

In conclusion, Councillor Whitely noted how devolution had provided a fantastic opportunity to implement changes to the AEB and furthermore, there were a number of flexibilities which were introduced in the current commissioning cycle which would enhance the offer.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)              the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Adult Education Budget Commissioning Plan 2022-27 attached at Appendix One be agreed;

 

(ii)             the Combined Authority enter into a negotiated grant commissioning process for 2022/23 with the Liverpool City Region based Colleges and Local Authority providers currently grant funded by the Combined Authority, as detailed in Appendix Two;

 

(iii)           the Combined Authority enter into a negotiated grant commissioning process with other grant funded organisations (as allowed by their status), for those external to the LCR, with revised payment methodology and recruitment activities based on known learner demand, as detailed in Appendix Three;

 

(iv)           the continued 2% top-slice of overall budget to support the management functions relating to the programme included in Section 4.13 be agreed;

 

(v)            the opportunities devolution continues to provide based on experience to date and building on flexibilities implemented in the first commissioning cycle, whilst providing the opportunity to implement innovation and greater local flexibility in provision, as detailed in Section 6 of the report be supported;

 

(vi)           the high level procurement timescale included in Section 8 of the report be noted; and

 

(vii)         updates associated with allocations and procurement outcomes in due course to approve academic year contract allocations for all providers from 2022/23 onwards be received.

32.

ACTIVE TRAVEL FUND: LOCAL AUTHORITY CAPITAL FUNDING 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 319 KB

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

 

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Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Interim Executive Director of Integrated Transport and the Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality which set out the Department of Transport (DfT) proposed process for applications to the Active Travel Fund: Local Authority Capital Funding 2021/22.

 

Councillor Robinson, Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality, explained that the report before Members set out the process by which to apply for the Active Travel Fund, for which bids had to be submitted to DfT by 9 August 2021.

 

Councillor Robinson advised Members that all six constituent Local Authorities had been developing proposals for submission. However, the framework for submission was prescriptive and also had to be in line with the Gear Change report.

 

Furthermore, the submissions would focus on high quality infrastructure and DfT had also indicated that they would require broad local support, with each Local Authority supporting the bid(s).

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)              the content of the report be noted; and

 

(ii)            delegated authority be granted to the Head of Paid Service in consultation with the Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality to submit the final bid to DfT for the closing date of 9 August 2021.

33.

Strategic Investment Fund - Race Equality Hub pdf icon PDF 396 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery Portfolio Holder: Education, Skills, Equality and Diversity.

 

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Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder: Education, Skills and Equality and Diversity which sought approval to fund the Race Equality Hub. The aim of the Hub was to reduce labour market inequalities for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups across the Liverpool City Region.

 

Metro Mayor Rotheram explained that the murder of George Floyd, recent attacks on black footballers in the national football team and the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people had acted as the catalyst for global protests against racial inequality and injustice. 

 

In March 2021, the Combined Authority had issued a Declaration of Intent which set out its commitments to address racial inequality. The Metro Mayor explained that this report sought to establish a Race Equality Hub, which would address the inequalities experienced by the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities within the City Region. The development of the Hub had emerged from evidence gathering and engagement to understand the scale of the problem and identify potential solutions. Over 200 people from communities and across all age groups had been involved in this engagement process.

 

The Hub would provide a bold and innovative approach and builds upon the City Regions reputation for social justice by providing a long term single point of reference enabling Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities to engage in career, employment, and training opportunities.

 

Metro Mayor Rotheram explained how Phase One of the investment would focus on the design and development of The Hub’s operating model and legal entity. These would be co-designed solutions with community and stakeholders to meet needs from across the City Region. Subject to that Phase One approval, Phase Two would see the establishment of the new entity, to commission and deliver positive action in the labour market, including business support, training, leadership, recruitment, mentorship.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)          the provision of funding of up to £3,196,000 for the Race Equality Hub from the SIF for the following project up to the amount specified be agreed:

·       Phase One – £893,000

·       Phase Two – £2,303,000

 

(ii)    funding for Phase One of the project be approved and in principle agreement to funding for phase 2, subject to satisfactory development of Phase Two as outlined in Appendix 1 and returning to the Combined Authority for final approval, be approved; and

(iii)    delegated authority be granted to the Chief Executive of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, in consultation with Chief Legal Officer and Combined Authority Treasurer, to put appropriate legal agreements, arrangements and structures in place in relation to Phase 1, including the awarding of contracts further to a procurement exercise carried out in compliance with the Procurement Procedure Rules.

34.

Strategic Investment Fund - Destination Marketing pdf icon PDF 315 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder: Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy.

 

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Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder: Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy which sought approval for the grant of £1.5million funding to the Destination Marketing project, part of the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Visitor Economy Strategy.

 

Councillor M Wharton, Portfolio Holder: Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy informed Members that the application for this project was made by the LCR Growth Platform and was based on priority markets and interventions which had been identified as part of the 2016 Visitor Economy Strategy. 

 

Cllr Wharton explained that the project intended to create a system for improved market intelligence; evidence targeted marketing campaigns; and then a sustainable funding model for future campaigns by seeking contributions to programmes. Furthermore, the project would be delivered in three phases, firstly through a new CRM system which would allow an assessment of visitor numbers, origin, length of stay, and purpose of visit. Secondly, the use of marketing campaigns to reinvigorate visitor interest in the Liverpool City Region post pandemic and finally build a new sustainable funding approach to secure funding from the organisations that benefit from the pro-active campaigns, which would be evidenced by the CRM system.  

 

In conclusion, Councillor Wharton explained that on considering the project, the External SIF Panel had recommended a simplified governance structure to identify the lead responsible bodies for each stage.

 

Metro Mayor Rotheram welcomed the project and recognised the important economic and social value tourism brings to the City Region.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)       the provision of revenue grant funding of £1.5million from the Strategic Investment Fund be approved;

 

(ii)      delegated authority be granted to the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery to finalise negotiation of detailed funding terms and associated agreements for the project noted in (i) in consultation with the Combined Authority Monitoring Officer and the Combined Authority Treasurer.

 

35.

Development Funding for the Transport Pipeline pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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

 

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Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Interim Executive Director for Strategic Commissioning and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality which provided an update on the amount of development funding that was required for the current financial year to support the development of the priority transport pipeline projects. The report also set out the principles by which development expenditure would be approved.

 

Councillor L Robinson, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality reported that in total, £16.77million of revenue funding was required to support the development of the Combined Authority’s prioritised transport pipeline. He explained that 20 projects, over and above existing commitments under the Transforming Cities Fund, had been prioritised for development and delivery between now and 2026 with a view to the projects being candidates for the Department for Transport’s Intra-Cities Transport Fund (ICTF).

 

Councillor Robinson informed the Combined Authority that the £16.77million of funding would consist of £5.6million of ICTF capacity funding from HM Treasury and £11.17million from existing Combined Authority budget for the current financial year.

 

In conclusion, he reported that the funding would be managed via the Transport Pre-Development Thematic Fund, the principles of which had been agreed at the meeting of the Combined Authority of 19th March 2021 and quarterly updates on the progress of the transport pipeline would be provided to the Combined Authority.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)              the increase of the Transport Pre-Development Thematic Fund from £4.5m to £16.77m to cover the expenditure on the transport pipeline projects in FY21/22 and as set out in Appendix A of this report be approved;

 

(ii)      progress on the development of projects identified within the refreshed transport pipeline be reported on a quarterly basis to the Combined Authority; and

 

(iii)      the ongoing work of Combined Authority officers to streamline funding processes for transport schemes to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of delivery be noted.

36.

Requesting Changes to previously agreed SIF Projects pdf icon PDF 306 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery.

 

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery which sought approval to agree changes requested by applicants in relation to previously approved Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) projects.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)       the changes requested by the applicant Sefton Council with regards to an extension in timescales for the Urban Traffic Control (UTC) project as set out in paragraph 3.4-3.8 be agreed;

 

(ii)      the changes requested by Rotunda Skills capital project as set out in paragraphs 3.9-3.13 be agreed;

 

(iii)      the changes requested by St Helens Council to the St Helens Connectivity/Lea Green station improvements funded by Transforming Cities as set out in paragraph 3.14 – 3.17 be agreed;

 

(iv)     the proposals set out with regards to the Cambridge Road Skills Project as requested by Sefton Council at 3.18-3.21 be agreed;

 

(vii)     the changes requested by the applicant Sefton Council with regards to the acquisition and demolition of land and property at Bootle Town Centre as set out in paragraphs 3.22-3.24 be agreed.

37.

Strategic Investment Fund - Liverpool City Region Ventures Incubator pdf icon PDF 215 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and the Third Sector.

 

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Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Interim Executive Director Strategic Commissioning and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector which sought approval to support the development and delivery of Liverpool City Region Ventures.

 

Councillor J Williamson, Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Economy and Third Sector informed Members that this project supported the Combined Authority’s vision for a fairer, stronger, and cleaner city region where no one was left behind. The project would directly respond to this ambition by providing services and proof of concept funding to support high growth potential start-ups and spin-outs across the City Region. This would directly support the translation of the research coming from our world leading centres of research and scientific discovery, such as Sci-Tech Daresbury, Materials Innovation Factory at University of Liverpool, and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine for infectious diseases.

 

Councillor Williamson explained that this project would support businesses to recover and grow beyond Covid-19, improve the attractiveness of the City Region as a place to do business and increase the social value local businesses deliver by embedding community wealth building approaches. Furthermore, the project would also attract further investment in research and development and drive innovation, increasing the global competitiveness of the City Region whilst at the same time creating local jobs for local people.

 

In conclusion, Councillor Williamson explained that the initial focus of the project would be on Health and Life Sciences as a recognised strength of the City Region, but the Phase 2 proposal would allow the model to expand into other sectors. Importantly, the project had been co-designed with key partners and would compliment and integrate with the existing business and innovation support landscape in the Liverpool City Region.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)       £10.475m from SIF Gainshare Revenue for the Project be approved;

 

(ii)      up to £2.975m of this allocation be for phase II of the Project which was still under development and would be subject to the full SIF assurance process review;

 

(iii)      enter into interim arrangements with the Academic Health Science Network for North West Coast (acting through its lead trust Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) as the initial grant recipient to commence the establishment/mobilisation phase of the Project;

 

(iv)     following satisfaction of the establishment/mobilisation phase, approve the subsequent transfer of the Project; and

 

(v)      delegated authority be granted to the Interim Executive Director Strategic Commissioning and Delivery to finalise negotiations of detailed funding terms and associated agreements for the Project specified at (i) above, in consultation with the Combined Authority Monitoring Officer and Combined Authority Treasurer.

38.

Request for Delegation of Decision Making Powers to the Liverpool City Region (LCR) One Public Estate Partnership Board pdf icon PDF 315 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery and Portfolio Holder: Housing and Spatial Planning.

 

 

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder: Housing and Spatial Planning which sought approval for the Combined Authority to act as lead authority for the Liverpool City Region One Public Estate Partnership Board.

 

Councillor Morgan, Portfolio Holder: Housing and Spatial Planning, reported that the re-establishment of the One Public Estate Partnership Board provided an excellent opportunity for the partnership to facilitate collobrative decision making and to also explore opportunities for the better use of all public land.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)              the role of the Combined Authority as lead authority and Accountable Body for the Liverpool City Region One Public Estate Partnership Board be approved;

 

(ii)             delegated authority be granted to the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery, in consultation with the Executive Director of Corporate Services and the Chief Legal and Monitoring Officer to exercise the Combined Authority’s responsibilities as lead authority to implement decisions taken by the Liverpool City Region One Public Estate Partnership Board in accordance with its Terms of Reference;

 

(iii)           decisions of the Liverpool City Region One Public Estate Partnership Board that involve an allocation of funding in excess of £150,000 (or significantly impact on more than one local authority area) will be further approved by a published decision by the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery in consultation with the Portfolio Holder; and

 

(iv)           the re-purposing of funds decisions taken by the Combined Authority’s Chief Executive on 28 May 2021 be noted.

39.

Acceptance of Additional European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative Grants and Extension of the Existing Liverpool City Region Ways to Work Project pdf icon PDF 133 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Corporate Services and Portfolio Holder: Education, Skills, Equality and Diversity.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report which sought approval to accept additional grant funds under European Social Fund (ESF) and Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) for the LCR ESF Ways to Work project and to also review and extend some of the grants awarded to the Delivery Partners.

 

The Metro Mayor informed Members that the original submission request was for £6m of additional grant to extend the 1.3 activity which was aimed at sustainable integration into the labour market for young people. Since the publication of the agenda a further £6,538,105 of additional ESF grant had been received to extend the 1.1 activity which supported access to employment for jobseekers and inactive people aged 16-29 across the entire Liverpool City Region and would enable the current Ways to Work project to continue until 30th September 2023. 

 

RESOLVED- That:

 

(i)          the additional European Social Fund grant outlined in Table 1A (subject to approval from DWP), for which the Combined Authority acts as the Accountable Body be agreed;

 

(ii)         the receipt of the additional ESF grant to support the extension of 1.1 activity of £6,538,105 be agreed;

 

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

 

(iv)       delegated authority be granted to the Treasurer and the Monitoring Officer to sign the variation to grant funding agreement letter and agree any necessary amendments to the scheme during the period of its delivery.

40.

Governance Update and Various Appointments pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer.

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Minutes:

John Fogarty, Executive Director of Corporate Resources, left the meeting for the consideration of this item.

 

The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Monitoring Officer which provided an update on governance matters and proposed appointments to a number of Company Director positions.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)              Frank Rogers be thanked for his considerable contribution to Mersey Tunnels, Merseytravel and the LCR Combined Authority over his many years of service;

 

(ii)             John Fogarty, Executive Director of Corporate Services be appointed as the Director General for Merseytravel until such time as a successful recruitment for Director General has been completed;

 

(iii)           Kirsty McLean, Executive Director for Strategy, Policy and Government Relations and Shane Fitzpatrick, Interim Executive Director for Integrated Transport be appointed as Directors to Merseytravel;

 

(iv)           Katherine Fairclough be invited to observe meetings of Merseytravel;

 

(v)            the appointments to Merseytravel companies as set out in paragraphs 3.7 to 3.11 be approved;

 

(vi)           John Fogarty, Executive Director of Corporate Services be appointed as Director to the Mersey Tidal One Limited company;

 

(vii)         delegations previously designated to the Director of Commercial Development and Investment be transferred to the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Delivery;

 

(viii)        the suggested changes to the Terms of Reference to the Appointments and Disciplinary Committee set out in paragraph 6 be agreed, along with the temporary inclusion of Councillor L Robinson, Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality, on the membership of the Employment and Appointments Committee.

41.

Comprehensive Spending Review 2021 Submission pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Policy, Strategy and Government Relations.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Metro Mayor informed the LCR Combined Authority that the following item had been deemed urgent business pursuant to Part 4, Section A of the Constitution.

 

Accordingly, the LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Policy, Strategy and Government Relations which explained that the Government was due to carry out a Comprehensive Spending Review in the autumn and this would provide organisations with the opportunity to submit representations to inform the development of national policy and spend priorities for the next three-year period.

 

Members were informed that submissions would have to be submitted to Government by the end of August 2021, which was in advance of the next full LCR Combined Authority meeting. Accordingly, the report sought delegated authority to prepare and submit a submission on behalf of the LCR Combined Authority.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)          the requirement to develop a submission to the Comprehensive Spending Review, and the timeline associated with this be noted; and

 

(ii)         delegated authority be granted to the Executive Director, Policy, Strategy and Government Relations, in consultation with the Metro Mayor and Local Authority partners, to develop a submission and send to HM Treasury.

42.

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 19 July 2021.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

43.

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 19 July 2021.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

44.

Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985

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Minutes:

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 it involves the disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

45.

Strategic Investment Fund - Liverpool City Region Film Production Fund Recapitalisation

To consider the report of the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder: Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy.

 

Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder: Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy which sought approval for continuation of the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Film Production Fund via the grant of £1million additional funding and an extension of the fund timescale.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)          the success of the Liverpool Film Office in committing the first tranche of £2million be noted;

 

(ii)         the provision of additional grant funding of £1million from the Strategic Investment Fund be approved;

 

(iii)       the extension of the Fund timescale for Agreed Financial Completion to 31st March 2023 be approved;

 

(iv)       delegated authority be granted to the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery for this report to be released into Part 1; and

 

(v)        delegated authority be granted to the Interim Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning and Delivery to finalise negotiation of detailed funding terms and associated agreements for the project noted in b) and c) above in consultation with the Combined Authority Monitoring Officer and the Combined Authority Treasurer.