Liverpool City Region’s metro mayor and combined authority have unveiled a 100-day plan aimed at ensuring the area’s devolution deal has an “immediate and tangible impact”.
The plan includes more than 50 pledges that will be delivered over the next three months, including appointing an internationally respected expert to lead the development of a power generating Mersey Tidal Barrage, embracing a housing first approach to tackling homelessness, and progressing work on a free travel scheme for apprentices.
The plan has been announced 70 days into Steve Rotheram’s mayoralty and follows claims of infighting on the combined authority and a “personality clash” between Mr Rotheram and Liverpool City Council mayor Joe Anderson (both Lab). Mr Anderson, who previously chaired the combined authority but failed to get selected as the mayoral candidate by the local Labour party, is reported to have withdrawn council staff from the combined authority. Mr Rotheram has yet to appoint a deputy mayor who must be drawn from amongst his cabinet of leaders of the six councils that are members of the combined authority.
Annoucing the new plan, Mr Rotheram emphasised 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.
Mr Rotheram said it was “clear” from his discussions with government that the new mayoral combined authorities are viewed as the “vehicles for delivering transformational change and rebalancing the UK economy”.
He added: “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.”