The letter we have received from the Lancashire Police Commissioner
Cost of Liverpool Direct Limited and One Connect Lancashire Ltd enquiry reaching £2,000,000
The Police Commissioner for Lancashire Mr Clive Grunshaw has revealed that 22 staff are still working on this enquiry three years after it was established and that it has to date cost almost £2,000,000 with enquiries and work still ongoing.
The answer came from the Commissioner as a response to a letter from Cllr Bill Winlow, the Lib Dem Leader in Lancashire and me.
In a press release issued to publicise this letter Cllr Winlow said, “The fact that the Police are directing a resource of this size into this investigation from other policing priorities in Lancashire reveals the complexity of the investigation and the scale of the necessary researches”
I said, “whilst justice must take its course it is also true that justice delayed is justice denied. We know that staff in both Liverpool and Lancashire as well as ex-staff have been interviewed under caution. We urge the Police to speed up the enquiry so that wrong doing can be made public and those who benefited made to pay. From the long experience that Cllr Winlow and I have had of local government we can say with certainty that this is the most extensive and expensive enquiry ever made into local councils.”
Before anyone gets over excited and points out that LDL was contracted to undertake work for the council whilst we controlled it I would say “that is of course absolutely correct”. However what is also absolutely irrefutable is that the relationships between Lancashire County Council and Liverpool City Council which are the subject of the police investigations were all initiated and agreed since 2010 when Labour controlled the council.