INTRODUCTION

The first ever Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election takes place on Thursday, 4 May 2017.

Eligible residents over the age of 18 across the Liverpool City Region (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral) will be able to vote for a candidate who will in future make important decisions around where funding and resources should be directed locally.

The new Liverpool City Region Mayor will work with the six local councils to drive forward economic growth, transport, strategic housing, planning and employment and skills. Making decisions locally will mean they are aligned to the City Region's needs. Make your vote count!

If you're registered to vote, you will receive your polling card by 5 April 2017. If you're not registered to vote, please visit gov.uk/register-to-vote. The deadline to register is 13 April 2017.

The full list of candidates will be available on www.liverpoolcityregionelects.org from 5 April 2017. In addition, every household will be receiving a Mayoral booklet before the end of April 2017, which gives further information about the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election.

Make sure your vote counts on 4 May 2017!

Election Process

24 March 2017
Formal nomination process opens
4pm on 4 April 2017
Deadline for nominations
5 April 2017
Publish the statement of nominations - available on www.liverpoolcityregionelects.org (available from 23 March 2017)
10-20 April 2017
Mayoral booklet distributed to all households across the Liverpool City Region
13 April 2017
Deadline for voter registration to vote at the Election
18 April 2017
Deadline for Receipt of postal vote applications: 5pm on 18th April
21 April 2017
Issue of postal votes
25 April 2017
Issue notice of polling stations
4 May 2017
Mayoral Elections
5 May 2017
Mayoral Election count takes place

 

Registering to vote

If you are already registered to vote, you don't need to do anything. Your polling card will be sent to you by 3 April 2017. If you haven't registered to vote, you can do this online at gov.uk/register-to-vote. The closing date for registration is Thursday, 13 April 2017.

How to vote

Further information about how to vote can be found at www.liverpoolcityregionelects.org (available from 23 March 2017)

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Make your vote count in the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election

The first ever Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election takes place on Thursday, 4 May 2017.

Ensure you're registered to vote in the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Elections

On Thursday, 4 May 2017, all residents over the age of 18 years residing in the Liverpool City Region will be entitled to vote for the first ever Liverpool City Region Mayor.

FAQ

What is the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority?

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority - covering the local authority areas of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral - was established on 1 April 2014 with the aim of improving:-

  • the exercise of statutory functions relating to transport in the Combined Area
  • the effectiveness and efficiency of transport in the Combined Area
  • the exercise of statutory functions relating to economic development and regeneration in the Combined Area
  • economic conditions in the Combined Area

In November 2015, it secured a Devolution Agreement with Government, securing £900 million of funding along with the devolution of powers and responsibilities from Whitehall. This Agreement was further developed in March 2016, securing more powers and responsibilities including additional powers over transport, piloting a new approach to local government finance (based on 100% business rates retention) across the Liverpool City Region, and agreements to work in partnership with the Government to look at progressing devolution in areas including children's services, health, housing and justice.

The Devolution Agreement provides the resources, freedoms and flexibilities to deliver the City Region's strategic priorities around economic development, transport, strategic housing and employment and skills.

Part of the Devolution Agreement was to have a directly Elected Mayor for the Liverpool City Region. The Election will take place in May 2017.

Why do we need a Liverpool City Region Mayor?

Electing a Liverpool City Region Mayor was part of the Devolution Agreement signed by the Government and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority in November 2015. As well as agreeing to a directly elected Mayor, the Devolution Agreement secured more than £900m of funding for the City Region over the next 30 years, as well as devolving decision making around key priorities to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

The Liverpool City Region Mayor will have the responsibility (decision making and funding control) for a number of priority areas across the Liverpool City Region including transport, employment and skills, business support and other areas.

The Mayor will also chair the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, which takes control of the £900m of funding over the next 30 years.

As part of the devolution agreement, a Single Investment Fund (£458m of funding) has been established, which is a key tool for the City Region Mayoral Combined Authority. More than 40 projects are going through to the next phase of phase one of SIF, which will best deliver the City Region ambitions for economic growth. These include a new Cruise Liner Terminal and city centre connectivity scheme in Liverpool, the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot and a new Industrial Park for Netherton.

What is a directly elected mayor?

Directly elected mayors are local government executive leaders, elected by the people and chairs of their area's mayoral combined authority http://www.local.gov.uk/devolution/combined-authorities. The mayor, in conjunction with the combined authority, exercises the powers and functions devolved from Government. The Government believes the role ensures clear accountability over the powers, functions and funding that is devolved from national government to a local level.

Working with the Combined Authority the Liverpool City Region Mayor will have increased accountability, influence, coordination and improved decision making at a local level.

The directly elected mayor holds different responsibilities to those of council leaders, the ceremonial Mayors and the Mayor of Liverpool (more information below).

What is a mayoral combined authority?

For the Liverpool City Region, the Combined Authority currently comprises of the Mayor of Liverpool and the Leaders of the five District Councils (together representing Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral). After the Liverpool City Region Mayor is elected, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will comprise of the Liverpool City Region Mayor, the Mayor of Liverpool and the Leaders of the five District Council.

The Cities and Local Government Devolution Act empowers the Secretary of State to provide by order for there to be an elected mayor of a combined authority area. The Act provides an initial term of 3 years, followed by future of years of office for a mayor and default dates on which mayoral elections will take place.

What powers will the Liverpool City Region Mayor have?

There are a range of powers being conferred from the Government under the functions of employment and skills, strategic housing and planning, transport and highways, business growth, energy and environment, culture, finance, European funding, information sharing, constitutional and governance issues.

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and directly elected Mayor will give the direct accountability and streamlined decision making which is a requirement of the devolution of functions, powers and resources from Government to the Liverpool City Region. A governance structure of a directly elected Mayor and Combined Authority provides strong and democratic leadership, whilst protecting the integrity and the existing role and functions of local authorities.

The additional powers and governance arrangements will assist in accelerating economic growth, reforming public services and improving the social outcomes and promoting better health and wellbeing of local residents.

Furthermore, in March 2016 further powers and responsibilities were announced giving the Liverpool City Region additional new powers over transport, piloting the 100% business rate retention approach across the Liverpool City Region, plus working in partnership with the Government on children's services, health, housing and justice.

What powers won't they have / what are they not responsible for?

The existing District Council powers and responsibilities, organisation, decision making structures and service arrangement will continue.

What is the difference between a Liverpool City Region Mayor, Liverpool Mayor and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool?

  • The Liverpool City Region Mayor will be responsible for resources and decision making around key priority areas outlined in the Devolution Agreement (details can be found above).
  • The Mayor of Liverpool is elected by Liverpool residents only and is responsible for leading the city, building investor confidence and directing new resources to economic priorities.
  • The ceremonial role of Lord Mayor is elected by fellow Councillors and represents Liverpool City Council and has no formal power.
  • Each District Council will also combine to have their own ceremonial role of Mayor which have no formal powers.

What is the term for the Liverpool City Region Mayor?

The term for the Liverpool City Region Mayor is three years. There will be another election in 2020. The successful candidate will then be elected for a four year term. Elections will subsequently take place every four years.

Will the Liverpool City Region Mayor make decisions over my local Council / the services they provide?

No. Your local council will continue to provide the services needed and used by their local communities. The Liverpool City Region Mayor will make strategic decisions that impact on and improve the Liverpool City Region. This may include transport improvements in your area, for example, but the Liverpool City Region Mayor will not be responsible for day-to-day Council services such as bin collections or setting Council Tax.

Why should I vote? What difference will it make to me?

This is your opportunity to influence who will make decisions that affect your local area.

Through the devolution agreement, we hope to create more jobs, improve the skills and employment prospects of our residents and allow them a greater say over the future of their communities.

It provides for the transfer of significant powers for economic development, transport, strategic housing and planning and employment and skills which will positively impact on the lives of all of our residents and businesses.

Who are the candidates?

The formal nomination process opens on 24 March and the deadline for nominations is 4pm on 4 April.

A full list of the candidates will be published on http://www.liverpoolcityregionelects.org on 5 April 2017.

How and when can I vote?

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, 4 May 2017.

If you are already registered to vote, you will receive your polling card through the post by 3 April 2017. However, if you have recently registered (from 10 March 2017), your polling card will be sent to you around 25 April 2017. The polling card will detail where your local polling station is.

If you haven't already registered, you can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote. The closing date for registration is Thursday, 13 April 2017.

You can also cast your vote via the post. Please ensure that your completed ballot papers are returned as soon as possible - the closing date for receipt of postal votes is 18 April 2017. If you have not received your postal ballot paper by Thursday, 27 April, 2017, contact your local elections office - details will be contained on the back of the mayoral booklet or you can visit www.liverpoolcityregionelects.org (available from 23 March 2017)

Please ensure you follow all the instructions sent out in your postal pack, including your signature and entering your date of birth.

For this election, you can vote for up to two candidates (this is called supplementary voting), where you can vote for your first and second choice candidate (if you wish). Votes are cast in the normal way, but you can express up to two preferences by marking X next to the candidate(s) you wish to vote for.

Do not place both X's in the same column as your votes will not be counted.

You can vote for just one candidate if you wish, by placing your X in the 'first choice' column.

Further information about the voting process and the count can be found at www.liverpoolcityregionelects.org (available from 23 March 2017)

Find your local polling station

Check your polling card which will tell you where your local polling station is. Alternatively, there is a polling station postcode search facility available on www.liverpoolcityregionelects.org (available from 23 March 2017).

Are we the only area to have a directly elected mayor?

No, as part of Devolution Agreements with the Government a number of other areas will be electing a Mayor on 4 May 2017. These areas are Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Tees Valley, West Midlands and West of England.

When will we know who is the Liverpool City Region Mayor?

The Elections will take place on Thursday, 4 May 2017. Polling stations will close at 10pm and then the votes will need to be counted and verified. The Liverpool City Region Mayor will be announced during the afternoon on Friday, 5 May 2017.

How can I find out more about the candidates?

A Mayoral booklet will be sent to every registered elector within the Liverpool City Region. This booklet will provide information on the voting process, some frequently asked questions on the role and the responsibilities of the elected Mayor.

It will also contain an election address from each of the candidates, providing you with further information about the candidates and their policies. Booklets will be sent out across the Liverpool City Region from 10 to 20 April 2017. If you have only recently registered to vote (from March 2017 onwards), you may receive your booklet around 25 April 2017.

How much will the Liverpool City Region Mayor be paid?

An Independent Remuneration Panel will consider the Allowance to be paid to the Mayor and make an appropriate recommendation to the Combined Authority.

How many people will work in the Mayor's Office and how much will they be paid?

It is anticipated that the Liverpool City Region Mayor will review his/her staffing requirements after taking office following the Election in May 2017.

Will there be staff in place to support the Mayor when they take office in May 2017?

It is important that the Mayor has resources in place to start work immediately after the Election. To enable this to happen, the Combined Authority's Interim Head of Paid Service will propose an outline staffing structure to be considered by the Combined Authority at its meeting on Friday 21 April 2017.

How much is it costing to run the Mayoral Election?

The Mayoral Election is being paid for through the additional funding devolved to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority from the Government. The budget for this election was based on the most recent Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Election and the 2016 European Union Referendum. The actual costs will only be known once the Election has concluded.

What is the overall budget that will be controlled by the Mayor?

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has taken control of £900m of funding over the next 30 years through its Devolution Agreement with the Government. The existing Combined Authority budget (including transport) is approximately £250m per year. The Mayor will chair the Combined Authority.

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