The city council will today unveil a roadmap to drive Liverpool’s economic recovery following a battering from the coronavirus pandemic, focussing on boosting public services to support deprived neighbourhoods.
At the same time, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has set up a £40m ’emergency fund’ to support the hospitality and leisure sector as local lockdown restrictions tighten.
Half of Liverpool’s neighbourhoods are among the 10 per cent most deprived in England, according to Liverpool City Council, “which creates a pressure upon, and demand for, local services at a time when public spending is becoming scarcer.”
The council’s City Plan is intended as a commitment from public, private and voluntary sector partners to tackle inequalities that have deepened as a result of the pandemic, the council added.
The strategy, to be launched at 1pm today, is focused around six themes:
- A healthier, happier, fairer Liverpool for all – working together to tackle health inequalities and improving wellbeing across all age groups, through a ‘Starting Well, Living Well and Ageing Well’ approach
- People are educated to succeed throughout life – ensuring that children are ready for school and everyone has access to an inclusive, high quality education that enables them to live fulfilled, happy and productive lives. Also ensuring employment prospects improve through lifelong learning and access to technical and professional skills
- Safe and thriving neighbourhoods – making sure that all residents live in safe, inclusive and welcoming neighbourhoods, where people choose and aspire to live, raise their families and grow old. Public services need to be aligned with local need to reduce inequalities within the city.
- A strong and inclusive economy – Creating a productive, innovative, sustainable and fair economy, where businesses thrive by nurturing talent from communities and providing good jobs with fair pay, conditions and career progression
- A low carbon, connected and accessible city – Developing a city with smart, clean, accessible and integrated infrastructure, where organisations, businesses and residents play their part in responding to the climate emergency and speeding the city’s transition to zero carbon
- The most exciting city in the UK – maintaining culture, sport and creativity as Liverpool’s USP and making the city attractive for residents, workers, visitors and investors.
Liverpool City Council said it is “proposing a fundamentally different approach that shifts power to people and communities, which aims to give people a voice to shape the way we deliver public services across communities”.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “2020 has delivered the greatest challenge of our times and Liverpool’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has again shown the resilience and community spirit which makes this such a great city.
“We need to challenge systemic racial and indeed, all aspects of inequality, we must change and do better. The City Plan will focus upon creating greater equality and opportunity for everybody in everything from health to wealth, education and employment.
“Now more than ever, we need a partnership between local stakeholders and citizens as we drive our city forward in this new landscape. It will require radically rethinking the way we deliver public services. The focus will be on how we work collectively to build upon the strengths of all our employers, residents and communities.”
Steve Coffey, chief executive of Torus Housing Group, added: “We’ll challenge all of our own organisations and consider how our combined effort, working with partners across the city, can deliver our shared outcomes and shared aspirations.”
The plan can be viewed here.
Meanwhile, business leaders in Liverpool and Manchester have today written to the chancellor and the health secretary asking for an emergency package of funding and other support to sustain the visitor economy throughout the pandemic.