Formal consultation has started into the proposal by the six local authorities of Merseyside to create a statutory combined authority similar to Greater Manchester's.
A proposal was submitted by the council leaders for Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral on 30 September 2013 recommending the creation of a Combined Authority for the Liverpool City Region. This followed consultation with businesses and residents across the City Region which identified there was strong support locally to create a Combined Authority.
The Government is now inviting feedback through a further statutory consultation, which started on Thursday 28 November.
The Liverpool City Region local authorities, working with the Local Enterprise Partnership and Merseytravel, have carried out a review of strategic governance arrangements. The review concluded a Combined Authority was the preferred option.
The combined authority route would allow councils to make joint decisions and share funding on transport, housing, economic development and skills.
The consultation closes on 22 January 2014.