Metro Mayor and Combined
Authority unveil 100 day plan
THE Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor
and Combined Authority have unveiling an ambitious 100 day plan to ensure that
its historic Devolution Deal makes an immediate and tangible impact on
communities across the 6 boroughs.
The plan sets out more than 50 pledges and actions that will be delivered over
the next 3 months across a broad range of policy areas including:-
transport, economic growth, skills, housing, the environment and infrastructure.
It brings together existing Combined Authority policy commitments, key elements
of the City Region Devolution Deal plus major manifesto commitments from Metro
Mayor, Steve Rotheram.
The Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram said:- "Devolution is a massive
opportunity for our City Region and it is absolutely vital that we begin to
grasp that opportunity and engender real momentum and energy into our programme.
It's clear from my early discussions with Government that devolution is the only
show in town, and they see the new Mayoral Combined Authorities as the vehicles
for delivering transformational change and rebalancing the UK economy. It is
also very obvious that those who are able to move quickly, show delivery
capacity and formulate well thought through asks will get priority
consideration. Our 100 day plan is not simply a wish list. It is a coherent set
of actions that align with our vision for the City Region."
The pledges have been grouped together under 5 themes that underpin the
future vision for the City Region:- ambitious, fair, green, connected and
together. Among the key actions outlined in the plan are:-
► Appointing an internationally respected industry expert to head up the Special
Purpose Vehicle to plan and deliver a Mersey Tidal Barrage.
► Lord O'Neill undertook a rapid baseline review of economic strategy, informing
our blueprint for future economic prosperity, including the ambition to become
one of the world's leading tech cities.
► Creating a Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board to ensure securing
inclusive growth becomes a connecting thread across all aspects of policy,
including a commitment to support the adoption of a Real Living Wage by public
and sector employers across the region.
► Delivering a skills revolution through a City Region wide Commission to ensure
people are equipped with the academic and technical skills needed for the jobs
► Breaking down barriers for young people and apprentices to access work by
progressing work on a free travel scheme for apprentices across the City Region.
► Taking decisive steps towards the vision of a green and Zero Carbon City
Region, through a major initiative to improve air quality, including the
potential adoption of Clean Air Zones, and embracing a Local Journey Strategy to
promote cycling, walking and sustainable transport.
► Embracing a Housing First approach as the basis for a City Region wide
strategy to tackle homelessness and street sleeping.
► Delivering and campaigning for radically improved
rail connectivity by commencing work on the Halton Curve to expand services to
North Wales, and by continuing to present a robust case for a new Liverpool to
Manchester connection as the 1st Phase of Crossrail for the North / Northern
Steve Rotheram emphasised the broad support for the plan and the key role played
by Combined Authority members and the Liverpool City Region LEP in helping to
focus on a clear set of early objectives.
The Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram added:- "The Devolution Deal and the
creation of a Mayoral Combined Authority is our chance to deliver a step change
performance and ambition. I have defined our role in very simple terms."
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