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Posted by: John Brace | 3rd February 2016

Would you like to see what 19 pages of invoices paid by Merseytravel looks like for Smartcare, project management, police community support officer costs, the Stop Hate Line service, temporary closure of a bus interchange, bus subsidy, a temporary traffic regulation order, EPI sign licence, scanning and flexible hours annual hours consultancy?

Would you like to see what 19 pages of invoices paid by Merseytravel looks like for Smartcare, project management, police community support officer costs, the Stop Hate Line service, temporary closure of a bus interchange, bus subsidy, a temporary traffic regulation order, EPI sign licence, scanning and flexible hours annual hours consultancy?

                                                                

Below is an index page for month one and some of the invoices I requested to inspect at Merseytravel last year (financial year 2014/15) during the period each year when citizens can inspect matters such as invoices. The legal right to do this is outlined in s.15 Audit Commission Act. Each invoice is connected to a payment made by Merseytravel (or to give it its formal name the Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive).

The thumbnails below are invoices for payments to ECEBS Ltd (£1,500), Weston-Projects Limited (£4,504.92), British Transport Police (£13,698.87), Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside (£39,213.72), Stop Hate UK (£3,500), Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council (£650), Your Travel Borough Wide Ltd (£3,538.46), Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council (£903), Trapeze Group (UK) Limited (£6,100), Service Point UK Ltd (£3,500) and Crown Computing Limited (£1,000 + £1,125.40 + £1,500). All figures are exclusive of VAT.

These invoices relate to the first 13 lines on the index page.

Due to small text size on some of the invoices, it means that the text on some of the thumbnails will be difficult to read or not readable. However the thumbnail images of the invoice below are each linked to a high-resolution image. If you want to view at the original resolution just click on the image.

The invoice from Wirral Council is for £903 for "COSTS IN RESPECT OF TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER. WOODSIDE BUS STATION, BIRKENHEAD. ORDER NUMBER 88003977. REF: JESSICA".

JESSICA is an acronym which stands for Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas. Merseytravel run Woodside Bus Station which is outside Woodside Ferry Terminal.

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit Month 1 index page ECEBS Ltd to MERSEYRAIL ELECTRICS 2002 thumbnail

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit Month 1 index page ECEBS Ltd to MERSEYRAIL ELECTRICS 2002 thumbnail

Invoices
Month 1
Name
ECEBS LTD
WESTON-PROJECTS LIMITED
BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE
POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER FOR MERSEYSIDE
STOP HATE UK
SEFTON M B C
YOUR TRAVEL BOROUGH WIDE LTD
WIRRAL BOROUGH COUNCIL
TRAPEZE GROUP (UK) LTD
SERVICE POINT UK LTD
CROWN COMPUTING LIMITED
CROWN COMPUTING LIMITED
CROWN COMPUTING LIMITED
LOCAL SOLUTIONS
FOURPOINT MAPPING
OPTEVIA LIMITED
OPTEVIA LIMITED
BIKERIGHT
BIKERIGHT
FOURPOINT MAPPING
FOURPOINT MAPPING
OEFICEXPRESS
TRUEFORM ENGINEERING LTD
KENYON FRASER
KENYON FRASER
NATIONAL QUALITY ASSURANCE LTD
MOTT MACDONALD LTD
MOTT MACDONALD LTD
OFFICEXPRESS
APPIUS INTERNATIONAL LTD
ARTOPIA
LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL
VOCUS UK LTD
MOTT MACDONALD LTD
SEFTON M B C
BIRCHAM DYSON BELL
FACELIFT (GB) LTD
FACELIFT (GB) LTD
QA LTD
QA LTD
QA LTD
COUNSELLING SOLUTIONS NORTHWEST
WEIGHTMANS LLP
BIRCHAM DYSON BELL
ALLAN PILCH & CO
DAVIES WALLIS FOYSTER
XEROX UK LTD
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
VEALE WASBROUGH VIZARDS
RSTCS LTD
BIRCHAM DYSON BELL
NEXUS
DLA PIPER UK LLP
MERSEYRAIL ELECTRICS 2002 LTD

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice ECEBS LTD £1500 page 1 of 2 thumbnail

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice ECEBS LTD £1500 page 1 of 2 thumbnail

ecebs

INVOICE

To
Phil Halewood
Head of Integrated Transport
10th Floor, Merseytravel
Nul Mann Island
The Strand, Liverpool
L3 lBP

Invoice Number; S1312
Date; 1 March 2014
VAT Registration NO.; GB 150 6370 33

Description

Smartcare service provision as per email from Paul Weston of Merseytravel dated 12th April 2013

"Service provision for March 2014"

“Following conversations with both Liz Chandler the Director of Corporate Development at Merseytravel and Lesley Barry of St. Helens Council Assistant Director (Community Services) for Adult Social Care & Health.

This is to confirm Merseytravel and St. Helens have agreed to share the extension costs as outlined in your email of 27/03/2013 to allow St. Helens council’s pilot evaluation and reporting processes to be completed culminating in a cabinet on the future of the scheme.”

AMOUNT £1,500.00

Payment Terms: as per contract
Sub total 1,500.00
VAT at 20% 300.00
Total 1,800.00

Please make direct transfer payments to;
Barclays Bank PLC
ECEBS Ltd
Sort Code – 200000
Account Number – 40782068

Payments by cheque should be sent to;

Ecebs Limited
Unit 3 Bluegates
Stortford Road
Great Dunmow
Essex CM6 15N

The Torus Building, Scottish Enterprise Technology Park, East Kilbride, Scotland, G75 OQF
Tel: +44(0)1355 272911 Fax: +44(0)1355 272993 Email: enquiries@ecebs.com Website: www.ecebs.com

Registered Office: 5 White Oak Square, London Road, Swanley, Kent. BR8 7AG
Company Registration Number; 3974521

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice ECEBS LTD £1500 page 2 of 2

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice ECEBS LTD £1500 page 2 of 2

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice WESTON-PROJECTS LIMITED £4504 92p page 1 of 2 thumbnail

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice WESTON-PROJECTS LIMITED £4504 92p page 1 of 2 thumbnail

Weston-Projects Limited

The only real source of Knowledge is Experience

INVOICE

Liz Chandler
Director of Corporate Development
Chief Executive Office
Merseytravel
1 Mann island
Liverpool L1 3BP

Invoice No: 23020414
Invoice Date: 02 Apr 2014

Details

For retention and project management services of Paul Weston for the St.Helens MBC Community Card pilot extension, Wirral MaxiTaxi and Merseylink Review as requested and confirmed by the Director of Corporate Development Liz Chandler and Head of Network Management Phil Halewood.

Retention and Project Management Services at the agreed fixed cost for the month of March 2014
Including reduction of £478.40 for leave taken

Cost

£4,504.92

Total Net Amount £4,504.92

Invoice Total £4,504.92

Payment to: Weston-Projects Limited
Barclays Bank
BACS Sort Code: 20-51-01 Account No: 23473939
Trans.Code:78
Terms: 7 days from date of invoice.

Weston-Projects Ltd, a company incorporated in England and Wales. Incorporation No 7939935 and whose Registered Office is 8 Somerset Drive, Ainsdale, Southport PR8 3SN to which all correspondence should be addressed. However, the preferred method of correspondence is via email to; weston.projects@yahoo.co.uk

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice WESTON-PROJECTS LIMITED £4504 92p page 2 of 2 thumbnail

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice WESTON-PROJECTS LIMITED £4504 92p page 2 of 2 thumbnail

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE £13698 87p page 1 of 2 thumbnail

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE £13698 87p page 1 of 2 thumbnail

British Transport Police SALES INVOICE
Finance Department, 25 Camden Road, London, NW1 9LN
Email: AccountsReceivable@btp.pnn.police.uk Telephone: 020 7521 6279 Fax: 020 7830 8955
VAT registration no. 836 1280 36

MERSEY TRAVEL
CAS AND FAST TAG TEAM invoice No. I0008668
PO BOX 1976
LIVERPOOL
L69 3HN

Transaction SALES INVOICE
Invoice No. I0008668
Date 31-MAR-14
Batch Ref BO00003/19747
Payment Terms 30 DAYS FROM DATE OF INVOICE
Your Ref

DESCRIPTION

PCSO costs for 4 week period, ending 21.03.2014
23.02.14 To 15.03.14

AMOUNT GBP
13698.87

VAT
0.00

NET 13692.87
VAT 0.00

TOTAL AMOUNT DUE 13698.87
Make cheques payable to British Transport Police. Please quote the invoice number on all remittances.
Electronic Payments – Account No 90218795 Sort Code 60-04-24

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE £13698 87p page 2 of 2

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE £13698 87p page 2 of 2

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER FOR MERSEYSIDE £39213 72p page 1 of 2

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER FOR MERSEYSIDE £39213 72p page 1 of 2

Exchequer Services
Merseyside Police
Police Headquarters
Canning Place
PO Box 59
Liverpool
L69 1JD

Tel. 0151 717 1911 Fax: 0151 777 1935

Vat Registration: 414 7793 35

Merseytravel
PO Box 1976
Liverpool

L69 3HN

Debtor Number: mersey21
Invoice Number: 0000015533
Invoice Date: 27/03/2-14

Payment of this account can be made by cheque or postal order payable to Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, through a bank by completing a payment slip, or via internet banking ensuring the Debtor and Invoice number are quoted

BACS Payments should be made to:
HSBC Bank Account No. 42020785 Sort Code: 40-29-08

Page 1 of 1

Description
RE: PCSO COSTS JANUARY MARCH 2014

50% CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS PGSO SALARY COSTS.

F.A.O. NICOLA SWANSON

(124323)

Qnty
0.00

Unit Price
£39,213.72

Net Amount
£39,213.72

VAT Rate
20.00

VAT Amount
£7,842.74

Gross Amount
£47,056.46

Total £7,842.74 £47,056.46

Payment Due within 28 Days.

On 22nd November 2012 Merseyside Police Authority was replaced by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside to whom all the Authority’s property rights and liabilities transfer. From this date please ensure any payments are made to the benefit of the "Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside"

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER £39213 72p page 2 of 2

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER £39213 72p page 2 of 2

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice STOP HATE UK £3500 page 1 of 1

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice STOP HATE UK £3500 page 1 of 1

Unity Business Centre
26 Roundhay Road
Leeds
LS7 1AB

Phone: 0113 293 5100
Email: nicola@stophateuk.org

Invoice

Invoice To
MerseyTravel
Nicola Swanson
Travelsafe Officer
4 Hatton Green
Liverpool L3 2AN

Tax Date 17/03/2014
Invoice No. 13/076
P.O. No.
Terms Net 30
Project

Description
Stop Hate Line service until 31st March 2015

Qty
Rate 3500.00
Amount 3,500.00

Total GBP 3,500.00
Payments/Credits GBP 0.00
Balance Due GBP 3,500.00

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice SEFTON COUNCIL £650 page 1 of 2

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice SEFTON COUNCIL £650 page 1 of 2

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice SEFTON COUNCIL £650 page 2 of 2

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice SEFTON COUNCIL £650 page 2 of 2

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice YOUR TRAVEL BOROUGH WIDE LTD £3538 46 page 1 of 1 thumbnail

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice YOUR TRAVEL BOROUGH WIDE LTD £3538 46 page 1 of 1 thumbnail

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice WIRRAL COUNCIL £903 page 1 of 2 thumbnail

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice WIRRAL COUNCIL £903 page 1 of 2 thumbnail

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice WIRRAL METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL £903 page 2 of 2 thumbnail

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice WIRRAL METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL £903 page 2 of 2 thumbnail

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice TRAPEZE GROUP (UK) LTD £6100 page 1 of 1 thumbnail

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice TRAPEZE GROUP (UK) LTD £6100 page 1 of 1 thumbnail

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice SERVICE POINT UK LTD £3500 page 1 of 1

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice SERVICE POINT UK LTD £3500 page 1 of 1

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice CROWN COMPUTING LTD £1000 page 1 of 1

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice CROWN COMPUTING LTD £1000 page 1 of 1

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice CROWN COMPUTING LTD £1125 40p page 1 of 1

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice CROWN COMPUTING LTD £1125 40p page 1 of 1

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice CROWN COMPUTING LTD £1500 page 1 of 1

Merseytravel 2014 2015 audit month 1 invoice CROWN COMPUTING LTD £1500 page 1 of 1

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Responses

  1. Hi John,
    Just a question with the bank account details, are you not breaking the law by showing these ? Data Proction act thingy!

    • Thank you for your question.

      Section 34(c) of the Data Protection Act 1998 applies.

      Therefore although bank account details would normally be subject to the non-disclosure provisions it’s not subject to the non-disclosure provisions in this case. This is because the data controller (Merseytravel) was obliged to disclose it to me (or as the Act states “make available to the public”) by making it available for inspection under an enactment.

      The specific enactment is s.15(1)(a) of the Audit Commission Act 1998.

      Merseytravel (the data controller) didn’t have the legal power to remove the class of information you refer to (such as bank account details).

      It’s not from my reading even within the power given to their external auditor to approve either.

      However thanks for your question!

  2. G’day John

    I love you and your work and you say about Wirral “Funny” Bizz Big, ISUS and Working Neighbourhoods

    I’ll clarify in relation to the political hot potato comments, there were attempts to delay scrutiny over that matter into the far, far future.

    In fact that’s still the case when it comes to some elements of it.

    Obviously someone’s worried they’ll be blamed for what happened and/or they don’t have a good enough set of reasons to give as to what happened.

    John, how can they justify AdderleyDadderleyDooLally and his dog’s body from “The Chamber Pot” lying to me about no Big recipient going bankrupt.

    Paying Grant (I’ll keep my gob shut at Gra Gra’s meeting) Thornton £50,000.00 plus for a very very limited report and hiding it. Not allowing them to question staff. ha ha ha

    Getting “The Pretend Friend” Kitchen Cabinet Member for all things vile to get “The Shyster” “Phil the Very Very Deluded Dill” and “Ankles” all on side.

    Getting the other party leaders to roll over and stay schtum (Obviously misspelt and the spell check says scrotum).

    Getting the numpty and gang at The Fudge It and Risk It Mis-Management Committee to ignore the issues. Apart from Ned Kelly obviously so they got rid of him.

    Hiding the chief internal auditors report on asset stripping etc.

    Hiding the Grant (The investigator encouraged whistle blower to continue after he was leaving for whatever reason) Thornton Report.

    Paying off Dave Garry about £40,000.00 and who encouraged him to do a croc of shit report to replace Beverley’s.

    Spending a fortune on and taking the piss out of the Information Commissioner with dodgy reasons for not being open, honest and transparent.

    Still employing AdderleyDadderleyDooLally, setting up “The Chamber Pot” for “The Chamber Potty” and her family.

    Letting AdderleyDadderleyDooLally retire with a massive payout and new custom built job.

    Got to go now John but will continue laughing at them till they do the right thing.

    Ooroo

    James

    What will the claw back be from Europe John?

    • "John, how can they justify AdderleyDadderleyDooLally and his dog’s body from “The Chamber Pot” lying to me about no Big recipient going bankrupt."

      I’m not sure which timeframe you are referring to.

      At the special meeting of the Audit & Risk Management Committee that we were both at there was an acknowledgement that some payments of grant had been made to companies that had later gone into liquidation.

      However as you remember the former Chief Executive Graham Burgess of Wirral Council stated that he saw this as a feature of the wider economic situation on the Wirral, rather than due to any flaws in the due diligence (or lack of it) done on grant applications. That of course is one opinion.

      As to the Grant Thornton report.

      Personally I feel it was a conflict of interest to commission their external auditors to write such a report. It should’ve been done by an organisation independent of Wirral Council. I understand the statements/justification that Grant Thornton made that there were “Chinese walls” between its forensic accountancy work in this matter and their role as external auditors.

      If you remember the Grant Thornton report (this bit was written by Grant Thornton) told Wirral Council not to release their report in response to a FOI request.

      You are right that former Cllr Stuart Kelly was not reelected and was beaten by a Labour opponent in Oxton ward. However I will point out that on the same day there was a General Election and Cllr Stuart Kelly’s party (Lib Dems) were being punished nationally by the voters based on the record of the last 5 years of the Lib Dem in government.

      Essentially as there are larger expense limits in a General Election he would have lost votes because of Labour literature put out to the voters to re-elect the Rt Hon Frank Field MP in Birkenhead.

      This expenditure on the Rt Hon Frank Field MP’s general election campaign doesn’t count towards the expenditure limit of the Labour candidate in Oxton ward (unless there was joint leaflets/joint expenditure).

      As to the Chief Internal Auditor’s report, well he got early retirement before the public saw that didn’t he?

      As to dodgy reasons for refusing FOI requests, if I was you I’d put a ~4 year timescale for getting some information out of Wirral Council rather than the 20 days under FOI.

  3. John

    For those that don’t know Wirral “Funny” Bizz knocked off about £2,000,000.00 which now seems a bit irrelevant superseded by the games of the Clowncil.

    Ooroo

    James

    Just to save AdderleyDadderleyDooLally’s red face and ridiculous football shirt.

    • Strangely enough only 5 hours after you wrote that I got a response to this FOI request.

      Basically the response is a three page letter from Surjit Tour stating that they have the information requested, but no.

      I point to this Values and Culture presentation at Wirral Council (also initially refused on s.36 grounds) which states:

      Integrity

      We are accountable and take responsibility for our actions & decisions.

      We communicate & are open and honest in what we do.

      But then you see obviously Surjit Tour is applying the slide on efficiency here.

      Efficiency

      We seek innovative and creative solutions.

      In other words it’s more “efficient” to send me a three page letter saying no, as Mr. Tour knows as well as I do that an internal review to Eric Robinson will just agree with him and an appeal to ICO might just side with them too!

      • Surprise Surprise John

        How do Sir Git “The Shyster” and young “Eccles Cake Face” sleep at night.

        The lowest of the low.

        More decent life forms would be found in the slime of Kev and Stella’s Stinking Stagnant Wirral Waters.

        Not much of a credit to themselves or anybody.

        Ooroo

        James

        How do 66 muppets let them get away with it.

        No wonder “Crapapple” is going to see the Queen.

  4. G’day John

    Sir Git has had for days stuff that is going out to certain creditors on Monday.

    Do you think he has been open, honest and transparent with his colleagues and the 66 aiders and abettors of the super director?

    Maybe he has been too busy re-reading s36 he hasn’t used it for about 24 hours or less.

    Ooroo

    James


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