Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA)

Member since: 
February 2020

Liverpool City Region (LCR)

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) has the goal of ensuring that decisions that are made benefit everyone in Liverpool’s six local authorities - Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, and Wirral - by giving power back to communities through devolution. The LCRCA is active in areas such as transport, energy and the environment, digital sphere, employment, culture, and housing, to name a few. Benefits of having invested £400 million in communities include creating jobs and apprenticeships, better transportation, renovating academic institutions, back to work schemes, and supporting cultural events. 

LCR and the Social Economy

Having an already well-established reputation in the social economy sector, the LCR boasts around 1,400 social organisations, almost £3 billion in revenue per year, and more than 45,000 people employed. These organisations are most active in education, housing, health and social work, and arts, entertainment and recreation. In order to achieve the city’s goal of fair and inclusive growth, the Fair Employment Charter was established. By working side by side with the Local Industrial Strategy and the Strategic Investment Fund, including £5 million dedicated to social economy initiatives, the LCR aims to demonstrate that the best way to move forward together is to have actors on all levels working collaboratively.

Given the LCR’s successes in integrating the social economy, it was only fit that the city host the 3rd GSEF Europe Policy Dialogue in 2019, where actors from a wide range of backgrounds could share their best practices and ideas, as well as learn about different initiatives happening across Europe. On the agenda for this edition of the EPD was social inclusion at the local government level, work-integration policies and practices, and youth and SSE.

For more information about Liverpool City Region’s social economy, please consult this report in our e-library.