27 Mar 2017
For the first time ever, on May 4th, Liverpool City Region (LCR) will hold a Mayoral Election.
All residents over the age of 18 will be invited to the ballot box to cast their vote and influence who will make decisions about the Liverpool City Region.
The Liverpool City Region Mayor will work across the six local councils (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral) to improve the economy of the area, bring in new investment, improve transport, housing and create more jobs.
The creation of a Mayor for the region, is part of a wider Devolution deal being rolled out to regions across England. Regions will have greater control over funding for things like transport, skills and business support. The government will also agree on further commitments to the city region to work in conjunction on children’s services, health, housing and justice.
LCR will also create a Single Investment Fund that draws together city region and agreed national funding. Central government will allocate an additional £30 million a year to the fund over a period 30 years to unlock economic potential in the region.
The idea behind the creation of a Mayor with access to devolved power, is that having the ability to control budgets and decisions at a local level better meets the needs of residents, businesses and the region.
The Chancellor announced the devolution of further powers and responsibilities to the Liverpool City Region on 16 March 2016.
To find out more about the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Elections, including questions and answers about what the role and why it’s important that you cast your vote, visit www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/election
The full list of candidates will be available on www.liverpoolcityregionelects.org from 5 April 2017. In addition, every household across the Liverpool City Region will be receiving a Mayoral booklet before the end of April 2017, which gives further information about the Elections process and each candidate.