Steve Rotheram unveils Liverpool City Region priorities

Metro mayor Steve Rotheram has unveiled his key priorities for the Liverpool City Region in 2019/20, including jobs, skills, transport, digital connectivity, housing and economic development.

The proposals, to be published in a Combined Authority report, outline an ambitious programme designed to build on projects such as the £500m Strategic Investment Fund, the £6m scheme to support local high streets, half-price bus travel for apprentices and starting the roll-out of a 600km cycling and walking network.

Rotheram said: “The most successful regions all have a strong vision and a long-term plan. Devolution gives us the opportunity to work together as a combined authority to develop those plans so we can compete with anywhere in the world.

“By pulling together the assets of the six districts of the Liverpool City Region, we can stimulate inclusive economic growth that benefits all of our communities.”

The mayor noted that he had “repeatedly lobbied for proper central government funding but so far without success”.

“In the face of continuing austerity, we cannot expect our six local authorities to carry on funding the combined authority. The devolution deal is the only way we can secure the funds we need to transform our city region, and we have already brought in hundreds of millions of pounds that we would otherwise not have had, including £183m in the 18 months since I became metro mayor.

“We are now delivering real benefits to the people of the Liverpool City Region. The combined authority has already approved £400m in funding for projects which will create 9,000 jobs and 5,500 apprenticeships.”

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