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Posted by: John Brace | 11th September 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Wirral Council spent £1,009.35 on “media training” for councillors and a further £57,659.24 on legal costs over unreasonable land charges

EXCLUSIVE: Wirral Council spent £1,009.35 on “media training” for councillors and a further £57,659.24 on legal costs over unreasonable land charges

                                    

Jim Hancock invoice media training Wirral Council councillors

Jim Hancock invoice media training Wirral Council councillors

Wirral Council spent £1,009,35 on “media training” for councillors provided by Jim Hancock. The training was provided to councillors on the 16th March 2016, 27th April 2016 and 14th June 2016.

Part of the cost of the training were three round trips from Lymm to Wallasey (81 miles each time) charged to Wirral Council at 45 pence a mile costing £109.35.


I will declare an interest in the next part of this article as I’m currently awaiting a permission to appeal decision in relation to costs relating to an Environmental Information Regulations request (which doesn’t relate to land charges) which will be decided by the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights).

In an update to a story from last year about overcharging by Wirral Council, Wirral Council paid a further £57,659.24 to its lawyers Bevan Brittan in a dispute over unreasonable land charges. This followed a First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) case that ruled that such charges were unreasonable.

Bevan Brittan invoice APPS case land charges refund

Bevan Brittan invoice APPS case land charges refund

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Responses

  1. G’day John

    How are they going John getting a new legal (eagle) cuckoo to do all their filthy business?

    Is it someone who knows all the filth already or are they going to trick a new ambitious, do anything, sucker?

    With fleas.

    Ooroo

    James

    • The Interim Monitoring Officer (also Assistant Director Law and Governance) is still Philip McCourt, I’m not aware on how far progressed Wirral Council’s decision making is on recommending a permanent appointment to a meeting of all councillors.

  2. We have re-runs on the tv at the moment where there showing Fawlty Tower’s reading what Wirral Council gets up to each day is like watching Basil having a normal day with his hotal guests, “Care for a rat?”

    • I wasn’t aware that Fawlty Towers was being re-run on the television. What channel is it on?


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