Liverpool has set out its very own roadmap to recovery which will build a better, brighter and fairer future for all.
Part of the plans are ten pledges which aim to make the city, its communities, its residents and its businesses thrive over the next year and beyond.
As one of the hardest hit cities in the UK as a result of Covid-19, the city council’s priorities have changed, with issues such as the importance of green spaces, bridging the digital divide and tackling loneliness now at the fore.
These ambitious and inspiring post-pandemic pledges shine a spotlight on where our resource, and that of partners, needs to be invested, with a focus on health, education, climate and inclusion.
The pledges are:
- Well Liverpool
- A Strong and Thriving Inclusive Economy
- The Comeback
- The Great Outdoors
- Succeeding at School
- Get Connected
- Good Food, Warm House
- Next Generation Neighbourhoods
- Opening Closed Doors
- All Voices
The pledges are due to be presented at Cabinet on Friday 5 March, and once approved, teams across the city council will continue to work on bringing each project to life.
Liverpool’s Acting Mayor, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:
“Twelve months ago Liverpool was growing in confidence and prosperity, and seemingly overnight, everything changed. Our economy, our culture, regeneration projects – all of them came to a standstill and together we were living through a crisis the likes of which we have never seen before.
“But in the midst of that gloom, this city’s grit and solidarity shone through. Liverpool was quick out the blocks, positioning ourselves as an exemplar of how to invigorate a flagging hospitality and leisure sector, and how to tackle a virus head-on by embracing mass, rapid testing.
“We are slowly seeing an end to the current outbreak and restrictions, so we are once again seizing this moment and using it as an opportunity for us to work together to shape a city that we are all proud of, and ensure it remains somewhere people want to live, work and visit.
“These ten pledges are a way of us homing in on key areas that need to be invested in and supported – areas which will have the biggest, positive impact on lives and will turn the tide on inequality. They are Liverpool’s roadmap, and it’s a route not only to recovery but to also building a better, brighter future for everyone.”
Liverpool City Council’s Chief Executive, Tony Reeves, said:
“Last year we announced the City Plan which outlined our ambition for the long-term future of the city, bringing together the public, private and voluntary sector to instigate change, tackle inequality and give everyone a better quality of life.
“These pledges complement the plan, sharing the values around the determination to build a stronger, fairer city which is innovative, hopeful and compassionate.
“We will learn to live with this virus and in doing so will adapt when the situation demands, ensuring that the city council and its partners are taking communities and businesses on this exciting journey with us.
“We all want to make Liverpool the best city it can possibly be, and to achieve this we need to work together, embrace new ways of thinking and look ahead to a brighter future for us all.”
Read about all the pledges here.