What happened at a public meeting of Wirral Council’s Policy and Resources Committee to discuss budget cuts proposals for 2022/23?

What happened at a public meeting of Wirral Council’s Policy and Resources Committee to discuss budget cuts proposals for 2022/23?

What happened at a public meeting of Wirral Council’s Policy and Resources Committee to discuss budget cuts proposals for 2022/23?

                                                  

Wirral Council Policy and Resources Committee (25th October 2021) Left to Right Councillor Janette Williamson Philip McCourt resized
Wirral Council Policy and Resources Committee (25th October 2021) Left to Right, Councillor Janette Williamson (Chair) (left) and Philip McCourt (Monitoring Officer) (middle)

Before this piece on the special meeting of Wirral Council’s Policy and Resources Committee in the interests of openness and transparency I have three specific interests to declare.


1. During the meeting itself I am mentioned (briefly) by name by Councillor Julie McManus as I emailed her prior to the meeting with a combined series of questions, some of which are merely journalistic inquiries, others as I’m a local resident and she’s my local councillor. At the time of writing and publication I have not received answers to these questions yet from Wirral Council but when (and if) I do so I plan to update this piece with Wirral Council’s responses (although you can watch the video below for what was said by employees and councillors at te meeting).
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Grant Thornton accepts as “eligible” objection to the 2020-21 accounts for Merseyside Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

Grant Thornton accepts as “eligible” objection to the 2020-21 accounts for Merseyside Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

Grant Thornton accepts as “eligible” objection to the 2020-21 accounts for Merseyside Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

                                                  

By John Brace (Editor)
and
Leonora Brace (Co-Editor)

First publication date: Monday 13th September 2021, 4:13 PM (BST).

Birchmore Willow Ltd invoice to Merseyside Police

In an update to an earlier blog post headlined Why am I objecting to the 2020-21 accounts for Merseyside Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside? Grant Thornton (the auditors for Merseyside Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside) have accepted the objection as eligible.
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What happened at a public meeting of Wirral Council’s Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee (Wirral Council) 7th September 2021?

What happened at a public meeting of Wirral Council’s Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee (Wirral Council) 7th September 2021?

                                                

By John Brace (Editor)
and
Leonora Brace (Co-Editor)

First publication date: Wednesday 8th September 2021, 11:25 AM (BST).

Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee (Wirral Council) 8th September 2021
Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee (Wirral Council) 8th September 2021

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Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee (Wirral Council) 7th September 2021

Yesterday’s public meeting of Wirral Council’s Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee, held now in person at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton saw plenty of engagement during the meeting at question time with local residents, many of whom had concerns about Hoylake Beach.
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What did the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside spend money on in the 2020-21 financial year?

What did the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside spend money on in the 2020-21 financial year?

What did the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside spend money on in the 2020-21 financial year?

                                                       

By John Brace (Editor)
and
Leonora Brace (Co-Editor)

First publication date: Friday 3rd September 2021, 9:31 PM (BST).

I’ll start this piece by pointing out that the expenditure detailed below by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside happened during the previous 2020-21 financial year when the Police and Crime Commissioner was Jane Kennedy. Since then a new Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside Emily Spurrell was elected and sworn in.

Below are three invoices for a Ghost police dog statue. Ghost was a Merseyside police dog who died on duty in 2016 and the statue is in the grounds of the Operational Command Centre. The total price of the bronze statue was £16,525.
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Why am I objecting to the 2020-21 accounts for Merseyside Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside?

Why am I objecting to the 2020-21 accounts for Merseyside Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside?

Why am I objecting to the 2020-21 accounts for Merseyside Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside?

                                                            

By John Brace (Editor)
and
Leonora Brace (Co-Editor)

First publication date: Friday 27th August 2021, 1:12 PM (BST).

Below is a copy of an objection I will be emailing later today to the auditor Grant Thornton about the 2020-21 accounts of Merseyside Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside.
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