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Liverpool City Region Listens

Liverpool City Region Listens

One of the most important things about devolution is that decisions are taken here in the Liverpool City Region, rather than in Westminster or Whitehall.  But to make that work we need to know what you think.  That’s why we have set up a dedicated Liverpool City Region Listens Commonplace site, which gives you the chance you have your say on the things that are important to you.

We want your views on policies and projects and to give you the opportunity to join organisations like our 55 plus network or the Mayor’s Youth Impact Group. Community organisations can also visit the site to register to our Community Suppliers List and learn about funding opportunities.

And we’ll make sure that we don’t just listen – we’ll tell you what we’ve done as a result of your opinions.

How you get around

We all need transport to get where we want to go – to school, work or the shops, or to have an adventure. And we know it can have a huge impact on our health, wellbeing and environment too.

The Liverpool City Region already has a really good public transport system. But we know that over 50% of short journeys are taken by car. Sometimes by choice, and sometimes because the network doesn’t take you where you want to go, when you want to go there.

That’s why we are committed to creating an integrated London-style transport network, which is affordable, easy for everyone to use, and helps keep our people healthy and our place clean.  We’re making progress – Merseyrail has some of the most satisfied passengers in the UK, seven out of ten buses are lower emission, we have a brand-new state-of-the-art fleet of publicly-owned trains on the way; and work has started on a new 600km walking and cycling network across the city region.

Your cultural life

Culture is part of everyday life in our City Region, whether we’re going the theatre, a gig, the pub or even the match – it’s our history and heritage, it’s how we make friends and come together.

We all take part in cultural activities, and our diverse cultural and tourism sector provides jobs for many thousands of people.

These shared experiences are good for our health, wellbeing and sense of community and we’re keen to make sure our work reflects this – which is why we’ve committed 1% of our funding to culture, and are supporting projects like the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot, and this year’s Borough of Culture programme in Knowsley.

Your home

Whether it’s your first flat, a family home, or supported accommodation, whether you rent, own or would like to buy – everyone wants a safe, warm and affordable place to call home.

But we know that many people in the city region have little choice of homes they can afford, of a quality standard they deserve, in the places they want to live.

We’re committed to addressing this and are working on long-term plans that meet everyone’s housing needs, improve our communities by bringing people together, and offer good quality of life for all.

We’re also investing more than £40 million to fit energy efficiency measures, like additional insulation and air source heat pumps, to the homes of 4000 low income households across the Liverpool City Region.

Your work, your skills

The success of the Liverpool City Region is built on the talent, skill, and hard work of its people. We know that getting a good education and the right training is vital for everyone to achieve their full potential. There are more people with jobs, and more people have good qualifications. But we know that for many people, getting training, finding a good job and building a career can still be difficult. The world of work is also changing as we see the impacts of new technologies, and more people are changing careers and retraining later in life.

Devolution gives us local control of powers and funding to help you gain the skills you need to succeed in the modern world of work. We are working hard to connect more people with better jobs, including those who may not have worked for a while. We are shaping the adult education system to enable more people to get qualifications, and are supporting local apprentices through half-price travel tickets, and the UK’s first ‘Apprentice Web Portal’, BE MORE.

Your environment

Climate change is one of the biggest global challenges of our generation and we were the first city region in the country to declare a ‘climate emergency’.  We are also working on our plans to become net zero carbon by 2040 or sooner, a full decade ahead of the national target.

This impacts our day to day lives in many ways – from visible issues such as the plastics on our beaches and in the Mersey, to less visible ones such as the impact of vehicles and industry on the air we breathe.

We want our City Region to be one of the cleanest, greenest places to in the UK and are taking action to achieve this by investing in clean public transport and in cycling and walking, developing the Mersey Tidal Power Project to develop renewable, sustainable energy and pioneering the use of hydrogen in industry and transport, as we work to lead the way in a green industrial revolution.

Balance is important – we want to retain the unique natural character of our City Region for future generations, while creating opportunities to work, live and play.

Your digital world

As a society we are more digitally connected than ever, and we want the Liverpool City Region at the forefront of this – shaping the future of how we live, work and learn.

Through LCR Connect we are building a 212km  ultrafast digital network, in a push to make the Liverpool City Region the most digitally connected in the country, and Liverpool is a national testbed for use of 5G mobile technology to deliver health services. We also have the UK’s first school specialising in digital technology and a growing number of digital and creative businesses across the region.

But we know that the pace of change is fast – many of you are not digitally connected, feel that they lack the skills to make the most of new technology at work and at home, or worry about the impact of technology on their lives.  We are working hard to ensure that the digital revolution is inclusive and leaves no-one behind.

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Our economic future

The economy shapes how we live together, work together, and make the most of all that our City Region has to offer.

The pandemic took a terrible toll on our economy but we have been working very hard with our local authorities to protect jobs and prosperity.

Over the last year and a half, we have provided more than £44m of support to over 4,000 businesses, keeping many afloat and safeguarding many, many thousands of local jobs. We distributed millions to small community groups who helped support their neighbours through the height of lockdown. We have funded transformative projects in every single part of our region – and launched a £150m COVID Recovery Fund to give the local economy a springboard to bounce back.

Working together we will build on our economic strengths to give everyone in our city region the opportunity to fulfil their potential and build a decent life.

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