The Conservative Government has committed as one of many to moves to allowing local decision making to happen to devolve the Adult Education Budget (AEB) in Liverpool City Region to the Combined Authority from the academic year 2019/20. This means that for the first time, the City Region will have the opportunity to tailor the skills and adult education system to better address local priorities.
Steve Rotherham was elected The combined authority directly elected mayor, Steve Rotheram is the chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. The combined authority is made up of: Halton Borough Council, Knowsley Council, Liverpool City Council, Sefton Council, St Helens Council and Wirral Council.
Devolution deal highlights
The devolution deals for Liverpool City Region made provision for a range of responsibilities to be devolved to the combined authority and the directly elected mayor Steve Rotherham.
Key powers and functions included in the devolution deal are listed below:
Responsibility for a consolidated local transport budget, with a multi-year settlement.
Control of a £30 million a year funding allocation over 30 years, to be invested in the LCR Single Investment Fund.
Piloting 100% retention of business rates as of April 2017.
Responsibility for the Adult Education Budget from 2018.
Responsibility for franchised bus services.
Detailed information on the powers of the directly elected mayor and the Liverpool City Region combined authority can be found on our devolution deals page.