Reaction to the continued bail of Ged Fitzgerald

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Liverpool’s Spare Mayor needs to get a grip on a situation where we are spending about £20,000 a month for an employee to do nothing

At the budget meeting of the Council in March the Lib Dems moved a motion to cut the costs of the political and managerial leadership team by almost £500,000. We argued that Liverpool did not need a Mayor with the coming of the City Region Mayor and that because of the fact that much strategic activity would be undertaken by the City Region we did not need a Chief Executive either.

Time has proved us right. We clearly now have a ‘Spare Mayor’ watching and fuming as Mayor Rotheram, quite rightly, takes the lead on key strategic issues. We have managed with out a Chief Executive for 3 months and it looks as if we will need to manage without a Chief Executive for another three months.

We cannot have a situation where we treat one member of staff one way and all other members of staff another way. We cannot have a situation any longer where only 3 of the top 6 managerial posts are filled with permanent and working appointees If Spare Mayor Anderson does not act the Labour Party must for the good of our City

This is the press statement we issued earlier today when we heard about the further three months bail period for Mr Fitzgerald:

By the time November 23rd comes along we will have paid the Chief Executive £100,000 for doing nothing plus approximately £20,000 in on costs.
Our advisers tell us that this payment is ultra vires (illegal) in that it breaches section 112 of the Local Government Act 1972 which gives us permission to spend money to employ staff but not permission to pay people for not working. The Council claims to have an external legal opinion that the way they are handling things by allowing Mt Fitzgerald is legal. I have been trying for 10 weeks to see that opinion but have not been allowed to although it is clear that I am entitled to see, but not discuss, such opinion.
The Mayor of Liverpool must now regularise the matter by treating Mr Fitzgerald int he same way as every other employee in these circumstances and suspend him without prejudice. This would, at least, make the situation legal. Mr Fitzgerald must also consider his position and think whether he could possibly come back as an effective Chief Executive in these circumstances”.
Ends:
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE,
Leader, Liverpool Liberal Democrats
07885 626913
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About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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