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Political reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside
People living in Liverpool City Region are facing a higher council tax bill to pay for the running costs of its mayor.
Mayor Steve Rotheram is proposing a precept which will see most residents paying between £12.67 and £38 a year on top of their existing council tax, depending on which band their property is in.
The bill for his first year as mayor was paid for by the six local authorities of the city region, which cannot afford to repeat the outlay this year.
"In the face of continuing austerity, we cannot expect our six local authorities to carry on funding the combined authority," said Mr Rotheram
St Helens Council is to tackle crime and disorder in the town centre with a new taskforce.
The Joint Advisory Group (JAG) will bring a more “co-ordinated response” to some of the issues impacting people of all ages in the town, Supt Louise Harrison.
She said during an initial meeting, the group has "lots of different organisations and people round the table with some really encouraging views about how we could bring that forward”.
“The initial view was that we look at the town centre specifically... certainly, from ourselves, the night-time economy has caused us some real challenges in terms of how busy it is.”
She added that the group would look to address youth disorder, arson, homelessness and drug use.