The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority – covering the local authority areas of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral – was established on 1 April 2014 with the aim of improving:- the exercise of statutory functions relating to transport in the Combined Area the effectiveness and efficiency of transport in the Combined Area the exercise of statutory functions relating to economic development and regeneration in the Combined Area economic conditions in the Combined Area In November 2015, it secured a Devolution Agreement with Government, securing £900 million of funding along with the devolution of powers and responsibilities from Whitehall. This Agreement was further developed in March 2016, securing more powers and responsibilities including additional powers over transport, piloting a new approach to local government finance (based on 100% business rates retention) across the Liverpool City Region, and agreements to work in partnership with the Government to look at progressing devolution in areas including children’s services, health, housing and justice. The Devolution Agreement provides the resources, freedoms and flexibilities to deliver the City Region’s strategic priorities around economic development, transport, strategic housing and employment and skills. Part of the Devolution Agreement was to have a directly Elected Mayor for the Liverpool City Region. The Election will take place in May 2017.