Posted by: John Brace | 15th August 2018

What has Wirral Council been spending money on in 2017 and 2018?

What has Wirral Council been spending money on in 2017 and 2018?

                                       

Below are scans of copies of invoices I requested from Wirral Council during the recent 30 day public inspection period.

The first invoice is from a property and construction consultancy called Lancaster Maloney for £112,531.20 for “condition surveys” at recreation buildings at various locations including Guinea Gap Fitness Centre and Europa Pools.

The second, third and fourth invoices are from iChange for a management audit covering skills and competency and feedback services costing a total of £67,848.
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Was figure of 803 new homes a year in Wirral Council Cabinet report on the Local Plan calculated incorrectly?

                                        

House building on the Wirral 2018

House building on the Wirral 2018

I’ll start this look at how the housing requirement figure was calculated for Wirral Council’s Local Plan consultation by pointing out some good news. The housing requirement figure was calculated based on population projections. The government response to the draft National Planning Policy Framework was published last month and states on pages 26 to 27:
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Merseytravel disclosed new trains cost £273,424,952.00 then claimed the figure was “commercially sensitive”!

                                      

Stadler invoice Merseytravel 22nd February 2017

Stadler invoice Merseytravel 22nd February 2017

George Orwell – “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed, everything else is public relations”
 

During the audit last year (2016-17) of the accounts for Merseytravel and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority I received a copy of an invoice (which you can read above) from Stadler to Merseytravel for part payment (10%) for 52 new trains. The total cost is clearly indicated on the invoice as £273,424,952.00 (of which 10% is £27,342,495.20). This was through exercising a right outlined in s.26 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.
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What was the answer to my question to Cllr Steve Foulkes about openness at Merseytravel and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority?

                                           

Cllr Steve Foulkes (Lead Member for Finance and Organisational Development) front (right) answering a question at a public meeting of the Transport Committee (Liverpool City Region Combined Authority) 9th August 2018

Cllr Steve Foulkes (Lead Member for Finance and Organisational Development) front (right) answering a question at a public meeting of the Transport Committee (Liverpool City Region Combined Authority) 9th August 2018

Yesterday I asked a question to Cllr Foulkes (pictured above), who is the Lead Member for Finance and Organisational Development on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Transport Committee. You can also watch video of the question asked and Cllr Foulkes’ answer below.

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Transport Committee (Liverpool City Region Combined Authority) 9th August 2018 Public Question Time – Question to Cllr Steve Foulkes
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What’s in the 40 page contract to distribute Wirral Council’s controversial Wirral View newspaper?

                                        

Last year Wirral Council asked organisations to bid for the delivery contract for its controversial Wirral View newspaper.

The distribution contract (Lot 2) was awarded to Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd for three years starting on 1st December 2017 (with an option to extend for a further two years).

Despite in section 5 of the contract Smart Distribution Solutions Ltd stating that they would be able to guarantee full coverage of delivery door to door, the publication has suffered distribution problems.
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