Liverpool’s Spare Mayor could save more than £500,000 a year by abolishing the unnecessary post of Chief Executive and then the unnecessary post of City Mayor
This is a press release I have sent out this morning following the further bailing of Ged Fitzgerald last week:
Press Release for immediate use
Liverpool’s Liberal Democrat Group have repeated the call they made last March at the Council’s budget meeting in the light of a further 3 months suspension of the Council’s Chief Executive, Ged Fitzgerald.
Lib Dem Leader Cllr Kemp said, “we argued at the time that the post was no longer needed due to the forthcoming election of a Regional Mayor and his own Chief Executive and support staff. For the same reasons we argued for the abolition of the post of City Mayor. Now we have been without a Chief Executive for 6 months which will grow to at least 9 and there has been no noticeable reduction in the services of the Council. We also note that the Mayor of Liverpool has been almost totally eclipsed by the City Region Mayor, Steve Rotheram.
Deleting these posts and their hangers on will save the Council more than £500,000 in a full year. That is money that would be better spent on the provision of front services. This is not a reflection on the reasons for Mr Fitzgerald’s suspension but a reflection of the fact that his absence with no effect proves the point that we made.
We currently have the former Chief Executive of Bradford in the Council at an exorbitant fee I hope that he will earn his money by looking at the suggestion that we made and repeat now”
Cllr Kemp can be contacted on 07885 626913
Editors note: Mr Fitzgerald was suspended on full pay on 23rd May. On 24th November he was given three months more bail