Neighbourhoods 2023-24 budget proposals

The role of this directorate is to provide quality front-line services at a neighbourhood level for the residents of Liverpool.

The services provided are essential to improving the quality of life for residents, and to making the city attractive to visitors, investors and businesses alike.

Services provided include:

  • Licensing and Regulatory Services: Taxi and Premises Licensing, Environmental Health, Pest Control
  • Bereavement Services
  • Streetscene Services including: Parks and Greenspaces, Waste and Recycling, Street Cleansing
  • Safer Stronger Communities
  • Private Sector Housing, including Healthy Homes
  • Transport and Fleet Services
  • City Watch
  • Environmental and Emergency Response Unit (EERU)
  • Port Health Authority

The directorate currently includes Culture Liverpool, Liverpool City Council’s cultural service. It has continued to build on our world class reputation, using arts and events as the driving force for the regeneration of the whole city. Within Culture Liverpool, the remit also extends to a range of services, facilities and venues including: The Liverpool Film Office, Cruise Liverpool, City Halls (Croxteth Hall, Liverpool Town Hall) and the Leisure and Libraries services.

Also under this banner is Marketing Liverpool which provides a destination service for Liverpool and the wider City region.

Financial pressures

There are overspend pressures in services within this directorate for 2022/23. These are mainly due to the impact of the Covid pandemic on visitors, leisure memberships and other external pressures.

The proposals put forward for 2023/24 and onward will address some of these pressures, but not all. Transformational solutions will need to be found, in addition to the budget options.

Approach to savings and transformation

A new approach to Neighbourhoods will be implemented between 2023 and 2026. This will provide a consolidated and transparent neighbourhood service that will provide both value for money and deliver a service that residents can be proud of.

Where opportunities exist to increase income through fees and charges, increases are proposed but these have been kept below the national inflation rate in order not to place further cost of living pressures on individuals and businesses.

Higher levels of saving are proposed for discretionary services for example, grass cutting, where opportunities exist to reduce the level of overall maintenance as part of a wider strategy in response to the climate emergency and the growing movement to promote ecological recovery and biodiversity through reducing formal maintenance in areas of parks and green spaces.

City Halls - are still recovering from the impact of Covid in which ticketed activity has reduced at a national level. A new approach will shortly commence with the introduction of pro-active, sales-focussed roles that will support income generation and explore income diversification. A new rate card will shortly be introduced and the development of a programme of commercial activity throughout the year.

Events - will continue with partner support to drive both economic and reputational return.

Sport & Recreation - will progress the recommendations from the recent Leisure review, whilst exploring alternative operating models and dovetailing with the new neighbourhood model. This approach also reflects the emerging national review of leisure and other council assets in terms of cost of living crisis and energy inflation.

Cruise Terminal - will continue to grow the business and facilitate cruise ships and other vessels, whilst exploring potential interest from third party operators.

Culture Liverpool and Leisure - have significant income targets and receive third party funding. This report deals solely with LCC expenditure and does not reflect the wider investment and income from partners into these services, such as from the Film Office.