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Posted by: John Brace | 19th August 2016

Why did the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside spend “up to £16,474” on an “austerity” review with Liverpool John Moores University?

Why did the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside spend “up to £16,474” on an “austerity” review with Liverpool John Moores University?

Jane Kennedy (left), the current Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside and Labour Party candidate in the 2016 elections for a Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside at a public meeting of the Police and Fire Collaboration Committee (2015)

Jane Kennedy (left), the current Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside and Labour Party candidate in the 2016 elections for a Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside at a public meeting of the Police and Fire Collaboration Committee (2015)

The author of this piece was briefly employed by Liverpool John Moores University on work experience in February 1997 (although this was 15 years before Police and Crime Commissioners existed). However in the interests of transparency I’m declaring it as an interest.

The recently reelected Jane Kennedy (Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside) who is pictured above to the left of the photo has often spoken in public about her views on the Merseyside Police budget, the funding of the Merseyside Police and has even referred to her “sleepless nights” worrying about it all.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside spent up to £16,474 (see the purchase order below) with Liverpool John Moores University to “commission a scoping review of the scale, dimensions and implications of austerity on community safety, crime prevention and diversionary services within Merseyside.”

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside purchase order 20th October 2015 Liverpool John Moores University up to £16474

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside purchase order 20th October 2015 Liverpool John Moores University up to £16474

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Responses

  1. I’ve said it before and will say it again, if Wirral council or any other body for that matter [ in this case, Police] gives you work, whatever that involves
    You’re laughing all the way to the bank!
    But how long did it take to do this review?. And as this was for last year have they done another one since?

    • I’ve no idea as to the answers to either of your questions, which would be better addressed to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, or the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside Jane Kennedy.

      Sadly the 30 working day period when local government electors could bring up such questions with the external auditor for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside finished about a week and a half ago.

    • Hi, the invoice for the austerity review by Liverpool John Moores University is dated 11th December 2015 and the purchase order is dated 20th October 2015, so 1 month and 22 days?


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