Combined Authorities are in the news right across the country. Here is what the news & media are saying today.
Liverpool councils’ devolution bid
The BBC reveals that council leaders have agreed a bid for a devolution deal that could pave the way for a Liverpool City Region elected mayor. Wirral Council leader Phil Davies said it was an “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” and the measures would also give authorities in Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley and St. Helens greater control over funding in areas such as transport, housing and planning.BBC News
Progress in West Midlands talks
Solihull Council leader Bob Sleigh, the chairman of the shadow board for the West Midlands Combined Authority, has said that progress is being made in the talks for the proposed new combined authority. However he warned that the political shake-up in the region will not be as deep as Greater Manchester.The Birmingham Post, Page: 11
Mayors key to Yorkshire deal
James Wharton, the Government minister responsible for the Northern Powerhouse, has said that installing elected mayors in Yorkshire will be central to any deals to give the region powers over its own affairs that match Manchester’s. Yorkshire Post, Page: 4