Liverpool City Region now has its metro mayor in the shape of Steve Rotheram and while this should remove many of the uncertainties at a local level, he is still faced with addressing a long list of challenges.

 Large parts of the City Region have been transformed – notably the city centre through Liverpool One. More than 600,000 now work in the area and its economy generates around £30bn per annum in economic output, having grown by almost £2.5bn over the last two years. This was a bigger rise than Greater Manchester (4.3% versus 3.3%) but while it is clearly an encouraging sign, Liverpool City Region still faces several challenges. The article below takes us through some of the key points, a very interesting article by Richard Cook