Train ticket for Eric Pickles, from Joe Anderson
The council has arranged for transport authority Merseytravel to issue a rail warrant for Mr Pickles to travel on any train from Liverpool to London.
The Mayor said he would pick up the cost of the two standard class tickets himself, so there no cost to the tax payer or other rail users.
He said this would have allowed Mr Pickes to see: "the facts that you and your officials dispute either through ignorance or in a deliberate attempt to smear and to undermine the truth about the impact of the cuts I am highlighting.
"I am therefore once again publicly inviting you to Liverpool to see for yourself and to bring any officials from DCLG or Treasury to scrutinise my claims."
Step in Liverpool Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Richard Kemp...
He's responded as follows: "This is a childish gesture. I am always glad if ministers, or anyone else for that matter, wants to come and see our city.
"But trying to do it in a confrontational way that Joe is doing is counter productive.
"The Communities Secretary is someone whose opinions are unchangeable, therefore we need to find ministers at all levels who are more sympathetic to Liverpool's case."