Tag Archives: Liverpool Liberal Democrats

£200 million+ plea to Government a missed opportunity to do things differently

Last week I was handed, at one hours’ notice, a 5-page summary of a 180 page submission to the Government asking for cash for shovel ready projects. Interestingly, it had already been submitted to the Government the previous Monday. I … Continue reading

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A ‘forest school’ in every park in Liverpool

Councillor Liz Makinson, the Liberal Democrats Children’s Services Spokesperson in Liverpool has suggested 6 ways in which schools can respond to a new way following the pandemic. Key amongst these is the provision of a different type of school for … Continue reading

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37 years a councillor (and still going strong!!)

At midnight tonight I complete my 37th year as a Councillor. I was first elected in1975 for St Michaels. In 1980 the ward was split and I was elected for the Dingle Ward and left the Council in 1984. In … Continue reading

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Mayor Anderson isn’t bluffing over state of Council’s finances

Last night I received a phone call from Mayor Anderson that I was pleased to get but horrified to listen to. The immediate cause of the phone and new information to me is that Council had received just £13 million … Continue reading

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Liverpool Council and the business grants scheme

As a result of our telephone calls to thousands of Liverpool residents we have been asking a series of questions to the Council. These are the responses we have received to our business grant questions As part of our work … Continue reading

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Now is the time to recall the Council!

I have today written to the Chief Executive of Liverpool Council to ask him to re-establish a light touch system of discussion and scrutiny of key decisions with the Council relating to the Coronavirus pandemic It is now three weeks … Continue reading

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Liverpool Council needs to reintroduce transparency and democracy

In response to the issuing of regulations by the Government giving details of new ways of working by councils to keep the democratic process intact, I have written to the City Solicitor, Chief Executive and Labour, Green and Liberal Leaders … Continue reading

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Taking Liverpool Forward after the Virus

Earlier today I sent the letter below to Mayor Anderson and followed this up with a phone conversation this afternoon. I am pleased to say that he is in full agreement as to the need to get Liverpool on the … Continue reading

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Looking into the future – How will Coronavirus change our way of life?

In my last blog I looked at the environmental improvements that we might make if we learn the lessons of the coronavirus lock down. In this blog I am trying to begin to think through what this might mean in … Continue reading

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Liverpool Council’s budget

Yesterday we had a budget meeting of the Council when our Council tax went up by an inflation busting 3.9% for the 7th year running. The budget meeting is always something of a formal farce. We all know that a … Continue reading

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