Over the past 3 years Liberal Democrats have become increasingly concerned at the declining standards in scrutiny and behaviour within Liverpool City. They have already suggested that outside ‘peers’ should be brought in and now they are following up these suggestions with a resolution to Liverpool City Council.
For the past two months I have been pressing the Council to take action over continued problems in the city for investors in ‘Middle England’ properties. I asked the Council more than 2 months ago to establish an officer working group to bring together all parts of the public sector to try and resolve this complex legal situation. I warned some time ago that this matter was being brought to the public attention of a friendly foreign government, Canada, and this would be bad for Liverpool’s image – yet nothing seems to have happened.
The resolutions will be amongst others put forward for debate at the City Council meeting on 14th January. Both resolutions are included below.
Resolutions for City Council January 2015
From Cllr Richard Kemp CBE & Cllr Barbara Mace
Request for a Peer Review of the Council
Council notes that the City Council is allowed a ‘free of charge’ peer review by the IDeA of its work every three years and has to date failed to take up this offer.
It notes growing concern in the City about standards of governance within the Council and request the IDeA to make a review of the Governance of the Council to look in particular at:
• The lack of effective scrutiny within the council
• Declining standards of elected members with wild accusations being made repeatedly in the media and inside the council
• A culture which appears to minimise the openness and transparency of the Council
• Poorly written reports which, in many cases, fail to provide adequate information to Members and the tax paying public of Liverpool
• Failure of some officers to respond in a timely and effective way to requests for information from councillors.
From Cllr Richard Kemp CBE
Council notes with concern the damage that has apparently been caused to Liverpool’s reputation as a place to invest by its failure to deal corporately with a succession of problems with its dealings with Middle England and its predecessor and successor companies.
Accordingly it requests the Elected Mayor of Liverpool to convene a meeting of all departments of the council and other appropriate outside public bodies to consider the council’s response to allegation made by external investors about the council’s performance.
It also requests the Elected Mayor to meet urgently with representatives of the investors to see what help can and should be given to them.