Calls for £180m jobs programme for Liverpool as mayor reveals what region needs for Covid recovery

28th September 2020

There are calls for a huge Government investment to help the Liverpool City Region bounce back from the impact of the covid-19 pandemic – including a new £180m Sustainable Job Creation Programme.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has called for substantial Westminster funds to help the region recover, and in July, published a plan outlining how £1.4bn of support could unlock £9bn of investment – and create 122,000 jobs in the process.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram

‘Building Back Better’ showed how economic recovery could be delivered across four strategic themes, costing projects and programmes of work.

The four themes – the business ecosystem, people-focused recovery, place, and a green recovery – were all underpinned by a tangible commitment to Build Back Better.

The Combined Authority has now submitted a thorough and evidence-based response, based on Building Back Better and the Local Industrial Strategy, to the government’s Comprehensive Spending review, addressing the six key priorities identified by central government.

The Comprehensive Spending Review will set UK Government departments’ revenue budgets for the years 2021/22 to 2023/24 and capital budgets for the years 2021/22 until 2024/25.

The results of the review are expected in the Autumn.

“We have identified what we need to kickstart our economic recovery through Building Back Better and have used that work to deliver a thorough and evidence-based submission to the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

“We have outlined funding for major infrastructure projects such as our tidal and hydrogen programmes, our plans for digital connectivity and projects such as the National Packaging Innovation Centre, which can contribute to achieving our undimmed ambition for a globally competitive, environmentally responsible and socially inclusive city region economy.

“Our recovery ultimately has to be about people and that is why I have called for investment for a number of innovative local schemes to help unemployed people access jobs quickly, including a new £180 million Sustainable Job Creation Programme, and a £53 million extension of our pioneering Ways to Work Programme.

“We also need to ensure people have the right skills, through a £25m increase in funding for our Adult Education Budget and £75m to address deprivation and to narrow employment and skills gaps for workers from BAME backgrounds; women and disabled workers.

“We have made the unarguable case for this investment, which is an opportunity for government to help achieve its stated desire to level-up economic opportunity a reality.”

The Comprehensive Spending Review’s six priorities are:

· Strengthening the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19 by prioritising jobs and skills

· Levelling up economic opportunity across all nations and regions of the country by investing in infrastructure, innovation and people – thus closing the gap with our competitors by spreading opportunity, maximising productivity and improving the value add of each hour worked

· Improving outcomes in public services, including supporting the NHS and taking steps to cut crime and ensure every young person receives a superb education.

· Making the UK a scientific superpower, including leading in the development of technologies that will support the government’s ambition to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050

· Strengthening the UK’s place in the world

· Improving the management and delivery of government commitments, ensuring that all departments have the appropriate structures and processes in place to deliver their outcomes and commitments on time and within budget.

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28th September 2020