Grunewald to approve devolution deal

Coun Barrie Grunewald
Coun Barrie Grunewald
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FOLLOWING the Chancellor’s announcement of a devolution deal for the Liverpool City Region, St Helens Council Leader Barrie Grunewald is to recommend approval of the deal at a full council meeting.

The recommendation, which will be made at Thursday’s meeting, follows months of negotiations involving all six councils in the city region.

Councillor Grunewald said: “The deal includes almost £1 billion of extra funding over the next 30 years, greater control and decision-making powers in terms of local priorities for economic development, transport and skills, and the introduction of an appropriate governance structure. I believe that it is the best deal we can secure for the Liverpool City Region.”

Local authority Leaders, along with Mayor of Liverpool, have been negotiating collectively with the Government on the devolution deal.

The agreement signed today is still subject to the spending review and ratification from the Liverpool City Region’s individual local authorities.

It is also subject to the enactment of the necessary legislation (The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill and the Buses Bill) and to parliamentary approval of the secondary legislation implementing the provisions of the agreement.

Councillor Grunewald added: “Our concerns around an elected Mayor are well known, but I, along with my colleagues at St Helens Council, believe that the prize is worth the price – and we must all work together in a positive, constructive manner to get the best possible deal for the people of the Liverpool City Region.”