Devolution matters for the Liverpool City Region

In agreeing to adopt a directly elected mayor for the city region the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA)  fast-tracked an historic devolution deal with the Government. Under this deal a new ‘Metro’ Mayor will exercise a range of powers and functions devolved from central government. Chief amongst these are responsibility for a devolved transport budget and franchised bus services and powers over strategic planning. The LCRCA itself will control a £30 million a year funding allocation over 30 years, to be invested in the Liverpool City Region.

Mayoral elections to this new post will be held in May 2017. But this is new territory for all concerned and is likely to require fresh ideas, approaches and policy innovation to ensure these new governance arrangements work to stimulate and reimagine our economy, public services and democracy.

Our ambition for this blog is that it provides space for policymakers, practitioners, community activists and academics to share their aspirations, knowledge and policy ideas that might animate a conversation about how best to create a happy, healthy, and prosperous city region for all.

We do hope you will engage with us and if you would like to contribute then please contact Dr. Paul Hepburn at

Health must be considered in all aspects of the devolving Liverpool City Region

Posted on: 22 May 2017 | Category: Health must be considered in all aspects of the devolving Liverpool City Region

Gayle Whelan Heseltine

For 60 years the World Health Organisation has defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.

Steve Rotheram faces some major challenges as the new Metro Mayor in Liverpool City Region

Posted on: 9 May 2017 | Category: Steve Rotheram faces some major challenges

The wait is over and we now know that Steve Rotheram has been elected as the first Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor. Alan Southern from the Heseltine Institute looks at what faces the successful candidate.

Whose deal is it anyway? - A reply to ‘Dear mayoral candidate’ by Tabitha Morton, Women’s Equality Party Mayoral Candidate

Posted on: 15 March 2017 | Category: Whose deal is it anyway?

In the wake of the horrible death of Jo Cox last year, newspapers started reporting the work and achievements of the new and rather low-profile Labour MP. It turned out that people knew very little, if anything, about the phenomenal work of Cox – just as we know little of countless other MPs and local councillors who get out of bed every morning determined to make this world a better place. We don’t learn about them through the news. We don’t teach our children about them in school. Because in our politics and in our history, it is the figurehead that matters.

Dear Mayoral candidate

Posted on: 15 March 2017 | Category: Dear Mayoral candidate

The campaign to elect the first directly elected Mayor for the Liverpool City Region is now underway. With this in mind the Heseltine Institute has been hosting this blog with the purpose of asking thought leaders and local policymakers to contribute their policy ideas on what the Mayor might do to re-energise the political economy of the City Region. In the spirit of our blog we are now inviting you to respond to the ideas it generated.

Will Devolution Deliver Diversity and Equality of Opportunity for All in Liverpool City Region – or just more of the same?

Posted on: 15 August 2016 | Category: Maggie O'Carroll

Maggie O'Carroll is Chief Executive Officer of The Women's Organisation

How to re-boot the Northern Powerhouse

Posted on: 11 August 2016 | Category: Ian Wray

Ian Wray is the author of 'Great British Plans: Who Made Them and How They Worked' (Routledge) and a visiting professor in Liverpool University's Department of Geography and Planning

2018: The Anniversary Year

Posted on: 8 August 2016 | Category: Phil Redmond

Professor Phil Redmond CBE is Chair of National Museums Liverpool, the Institute of Cultural Capital and the recently announced Liverpool City Region Cultural Partnership

The Devolution Challenge to Governance

Posted on: 4 August 2016 | Category: Pamela Ball

Pamela Ball is a Social Sector Consultant

The speed of change

Posted on: 2 August 2016 | Category: James Noakes

Cllr James Noakes is Mayoral Lead for Energy & Smart City

Devolution dilemmas - making the top-down meet the bottom up

Posted on: 18 July 2016 | Category: Rachel Lawrence

Rachel Lawrence is Local Economies Co-ordinator for New Economics Foundation

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