Liverpool City Region

In May 2017 Liverpool City Region elected its first metro mayor – Steve Rotheram for Labour. He has control over the whole Liverpool City Region combined authority area and works with existing city leaders and the mayor to take forward their strategic plan. You can find out more about the metro mayors on our FAQ.

The economic and political outlook for Liverpool City Region’s new metro mayor

This page brings together the key facts and figures about the city-region’s economy. It shows what local residents see as the top priorities for the new metro mayor. It also shows what previous elections tell us about voting patterns in the area.

The economic data for Liverpool City Region

Liverpool City Region consists of the following local authorities: Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral.

Understanding how the city-region performs on key areas such as productivity and employment helps the new metro mayor to assess what he should prioritise. The table below shows how region compares to the national average on these indicators.

The city-region has seen a slow rate of growth in population compared to that of the rest of the country in recent years. It has a smaller business base than average, and a lower employment rate.

The skills level in the city-region are also below the national average. This may help to explain the lower level of productivity the city-region sees.

2017 Liverpool City Region

 

Source: All data publicly available. Contact Centre for Cities for full source details. Averages displayed are either UK or GB average depending on the data available.

What are the policy priorities for the Liverpool City Region mayor?

Below is a summary of the powers the new Liverpool City Region metro mayor has, based on the devolution deal agreed with the government.

Policy priority 1: A quick win

Make taking a bus easier for communities to access opportunities across the city region

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Policy priority 2: A strategic aim

Improve the skills of the workforce so more people can access jobs across the city region

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Policy priority 3: A longer term vision

Make improving school performance a top priority for the city region

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What powers does the Liverpool City Region metro mayor have?

Below is a summary of the powers the new Liverpool City Region metro mayor has.

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What did the Liverpool metro mayor candidates have in their manifestos?

Click through the slideshare below to find out what the different 2017 Liverpool City Region metro mayor candidates wrote in their manifestos around key policy areas including transport, housing and the environment.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Manifestos from Centre for Cities

 

What the voters say about the new metro mayor

In May 2016 Centre for Cities commissioned ComRes polling to find out what issues the residents of Liverpool City Region think should be top priority for their new metro mayor. This was based on the powers they will enjoy, as well as wider priorities. We also asked whether or not they wanted to see more powers handed down to the metro mayor. Below are some of the main findings.

Local priorities

More than a third of adults (36 per cent) in Liverpool City Region think that health care provision should be the priority for local politicians. Of the policy areas within the metro mayor’s remit, housing (14 per cent) has priority.

Which, if any, of the following issues do you think should be the most important priority for politicians in your city at the moment?

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Source: ComRes. Average first preference of adults across the Liverpool City Region (n=503)

Relating to the specific powers that the new metro mayor will have, one in four (25 per cent) say that affordable housing should be their top priority. A significant number also think the metro mayor should prioritise infrastructure (21 per cent).

Of the powers that the new metro mayor will have, which of the following issues, if any, do you think should be her/his top priority in their first 100 days?

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Source: ComRes. Average first preference of adults across the Liverpool City Region (n=503)

The metro mayor’s powers

Three-in-five adults in Liverpool City Region (60 per cent) agree that the new metro mayor should have greater powers than local council leaders, and a quarter (25 per cent) disagree.

To what extent, if at all, do you agree or disagree that the new metro mayor should have greater powers than local council leaders?

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Source: ComRes. All adults in the Liverpool City Region (n=503). Percentages are rounded

Awareness of the metro mayor

Half of adults (49 per cent) in Liverpool City Region say they were familiar with plans to introduce a new metro mayor for their region.

To what extent, if at all, were you previously familiar or unfamiliar with the plans to introduce a new metro mayor for the city-region?

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Source: ComRes. All adults in the Liverpool City Region (n=503).

What is the political landscape in Liverpool City Region?

Labour’s Steve Rotheram is the current metro mayor and won with 59% of the vote in the first round.  Tony Caldeira the Conservative candidate got 20% of the vote and turnout was 26%.

 

Find out more about metro mayors

Check  ‘Getting ready for mayors’ for all the latest blogs, articles, events and research on the new mayors.

Get up to date on the policies and powers affecting the metro mayors by reading our metro mayors FAQ.

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