An opportunity to accelerate transformational change across the city
The City Plan sets out a strategy to address the long term, systemic challenges facing the city. Covid-19 has exposed and amplified many of these challenges, and responding to the crisis must be our immediate focus.
The crisis has also seen incredible community spirit and strengthened local partnerships, which have helped to keep us safe and support our wellbeing. We will harness this momentum to shape a new, place-based approach to how public services are developed and delivered in Liverpool.
City Plan delivery in the short term will therefore focus primarily on the immediate health, economic and climate crises. But it will also see partners accelerate longer lasting change to how we work – handing power over to people and communities, integrating health and social care, and aligning public resources.
We are currently developing ten delivery plans:
Transform our health and care system
Our delivery will focus on addressing three areas. We will aim to prevent the immediate risk of rising health inequalities which have the potential to deepen as a result of Covid-19. We will address the impacts of Covid-19 on mental health, and in particular the economic and social impact of lockdown on our most vulnerable people, communities and workforces. Finally, we will accelerate plans for health and social care joint-working and a preventative model of care.
Education Improvement Plan
A new Education Improvement Plan sets out five educational priorities that will bring about the necessary changes to change children’s lives for the better. To drive these improvements, a new Education Improvement Board has been established to hold the system to account. The Mayor has committed to make significant investment into the plan and to the education of our children.
Economic Recovery Plan
We will implement a plan to bring about swift economic recovery in Liverpool, whilst also pursuing a strategy to build back better and deliver a more productive, inclusive and sustainable future economy. The plan will include a programme for the short term to minimise and mitigate the economic impacts of the crisis but will also include the necessary investment programmes to set the city on a stronger long term trajectory.
Climate Change Action Plan for Liverpool
The emergency response to Covid-19 has demonstrated the urgency, coordination and scale of intervention that is needed to address the global climate emergency. Lockdown produced a number of notable short-term environmental gains: improved air quality; reduced emissions; positive behaviour change and increased levels of cycling and walking, and also showed us the fundamental value of green space for city resilience.
We have been given an opportunity to reimagine a more sustainable future city and to ensure that our plans for recovery and rebuilding lead us there. City partners will develop a climate change action plan to provide a framework for accelerated actions that will advance progress towards our shared vision of a thriving, sustainable and fair city.
Violence prevention, intervention and reduction
Violence in public spaces, particularly within the under 25 age group, needs a co-ordinated and sustained response. We are committed to the wider Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership plan and will deliver a comprehensive response within Liverpool. Our approach will be to tackle the root causes of violence, identify suitable activities and interventions to prevent violence becoming a part of someone’s life. In particular, we will work in partnership to enable young people to fulfil their life chances and draw them away from the impact of violent crime. We will ensure that our work is underpinned by the voice of young people and communities across Liverpool.
Housing safety and high-rise buildings
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority and partners will use all of their available resources and legal powers to ensure that those responsible for fire safety in high rise residential buildings meet their legal responsibility to keep residents safe from fire and address any safety issues concerning the external cladding on their buildings.
Domestic Abuse has a devastating impact upon individuals and families, and also impacts across our city in many different ways. It is crucial that all partners work together to improve the mitigation of these impacts and develop a large-scale prevention strategy which will have positive outcomes for families and reduce demand for services in the long term.
Maximising the social impact of our anchor organisations
We will focus upon changing the practices and behaviour of Team Liverpool organisations to build community wealth and maximise their contribution to improving the outcomes identified throughout the City Plan.
Accelerated Plan for People Power
The City Plan envisions a different relationship with the people of our city where we work together and use our combined strengths and abilities to improve health and wellbeing. Significant progress towards this fundamentally different relationship between organisations, people and communities has been made since the crisis of Covid-19 hit the city. Changes were made within days that would previously have taken years, with people and organisations working in unison to support the vulnerable and isolated in communities. We must build on this momentum by strengthening partnerships and by shifting power from institutions to people and communities.
Alignment of budget planning
We will develop a joint approach to budget planning which ensures that our shared resources are focused on the achievement of our City Plan outcomes. This will require a consensus on our shared appetite for risk and principles for investment. It will involve clear plans for joint commissioning and budget setting between partners in order to achieve our shared outcomes.