“Devolution has given us the opportunity to do things differently and we’re determined to make the most of it.
“Working together across six authorities, representing 1.6 million people, we are using the powers and funding we’ve taken from Westminster and Whitehall to make decisions locally to help build a society that’s fair, prosperous and benefits everyone. That means well-paying jobs, access to skills for the modern economy, better public transport and decent affordable housing.
“We’re planning for the long-term to deliver that but there’s a huge amount we’re doing that is benefitting communities right now. In jobs and skills we’ve invested £400 million to create 9,000 jobs and 5,500 apprenticeships, launched the UK’s first Apprentice Portal and introduced the ground-breaking Households into Work programme, which is helping 800 households overcome barriers to get back into employment.
“In transport, we’ve delivered a £1 tunnel toll for city region residents, opened new and improved Merseyrail stations in Maghull North and Newton-le-Willows, re-opened the Halton Curve rail line and created half-price bus travel for young apprentices. Our £460 million investment in new, state-of-the-art trains for the Merseyrail network, owned by us locally, sees the first trains arriving on the network next year.