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Knowsley marks two years of a Mayoral Combined Authority

by Gemma Melling

Membership of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has brought tangible benefits for Knowsley, says Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, as he marks the second anniversary of his election.

And Knowsley Council Leader Graham Morgan says they have already seen tens of millions of pounds in additional resources secured for the borough by being a member of the Combined Authority. This is in specific investment for the local area, in addition to funding from schemes across the areas of transport and skills and from Liverpool City Region-wide projects such as Housing First and Households into Work.

How has Knowsley benefitted from membership of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority?

Specific funding for Knowsley includes projects such as the £6.5 million Shakespeare North Playhouse, the £21 million Halsnead Village scheme, £4 million worth of improvements to the Knowsley Expressway and investment in local colleges which without the Liverpool City Region’s devolution deal it would not otherwise have been able to access.

So far the Combined Authority has invested £400 million in the Liverpool City Region to create 9,000 jobs and 5,500 apprenticeships.

Since Steve Rotheram was elected as the Metro Mayor, the Liverpool City Region has secured more than £183m in additional funding from Government.  This money has only been offered to the city region because it has a Metro Mayor. Areas without one, like West Yorkshire and the East Midlands, have missed out.

This is in addition to the £1 billion devolution deal it struck with the government in 2015.

The cost of being part of the city region for Knowsley residents in 2019-20 is around 28p per household, per week. This cost is added to residents’ council tax bills in the form a Liverpool City Region Combined Authority precept.

That charge brings a return, on average, of £600 in additional funding per Liverpool City Region household.

Knowsley Council Leader Graham Morgan, who is also the Combined Authority’s Portfolio Holder for Public Service Reform and Further Devolution said: “Working together as a Combined Authority we have the collective power to secure the maximum benefits for everybody in our region. Here in Knowsley we have been able to get several very significant projects off the ground as a direct result. These are projects whose positive impacts will be felt by people in the borough for many generations to come, such as the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot and the Halsnead Garden Village development.

“Not only that, but our young people are benefitting from better access to a diverse range of high quality apprenticeships that are setting them up for successful careers and a better standard of living in the future.”

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Devolution benefits everyone in the city region.  By working together, our local authorities have a more powerful voice and have been able to secure additional funding that we would not have been able to access without a Combined Authority.  We can already demonstrate a track record of delivery and I’m sure that in the years to come we will continue to make the city region a better place to live for all of our residents.”