Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority changes constitution and policy on filming public meetings after petition started in 2014

                                                    

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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (13th June 2019) Agenda Item 3 – Petition

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority 13th June 2019 R to L Cllr Leslie Byrom (Chair), Phil Garrigan (Chief Executive)

Yesterday afternoon (13th June 2019) I submitted and spoke to this petition started in 2014 to Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA) about its constitution and more specifically filming public meetings.
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Councillors on Wirral Council’s Employment and Appointments Committee agreed to Chief Executive Eric Robinson serving shorter notice period and leaving in mid-July 2019

                                                 

Returning Officer for Wirral Council Eric Robinson 25th March 2019

Chief Executive for Wirral Council Eric Robinson who has recently resigned (25th March 2019)

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Employment and Appointments Committee (Wirral Council) 12th June 2019 Part 1 of 3 Appointment of Chair and Vice-Chair, Declarations of Interest, Appointment of Head of Paid Service

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Liverpool City Council councillors hear about closures of 2 GP practices and falling vaccination rates

                                             

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Social Care and Health Select Committee (Liverpool City Council) 4th June 2019 Part 1 of 2

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Social Care and Health Select Committee (Liverpool City Council) 4th June 2019 Part 2 of 2

Chair (Social Care and Health Select Committee) Cllr Richard McLinden (Liverpool City Council) 4th June 2019

Chair (Social Care and Health Select Committee) Cllr Richard McLinden (Liverpool City Council) 4th June 2019

The Chair of Liverpool City Council’s Social Care and Health Select Committee Cllr Richard McLinden explained near the start of the public meeting that the Committee doesn’t really have Powerpoint presentations as presentations aren’t really scrutiny, but that if there was a presentation alongside a written report it would be a maximum of 6-8 slides.
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What are the 6 significant governance issues Wirral Council face and why is it cutting down trees?

                                         

Returning Officer for Wirral Council Eric Robinson 25th March 2019

Wirral Council’s Chief Executive Eric Robinson 25th March 2019 who should be explicitly named in the Statement of Accounts as his salary is over £150,000

Well it’s that time of year again for my review of Wirral Council’s Statement of Accounts for 2018-19 which this year comes in at 216 pages (the accounts not this review).

I’d also like to point out that this year the Bureau of Investigative Journalism Bureau Local Network are running a pilot project on inspecting local authority accounts.
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What were the results of the European Parliament elections, Champions League Final, McDonalds planning application and other local news stories?

                                               

European Parliament

European Parliament

The results of the European Parliamentary Elections in the Northwest England region were announced last week and were as follows:-

Brexit Party (3 seats) – Claire Fox, Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, David Bull
Liberal Democrats (2 seats) – Chris Davies, Jane Brophy
Labour (2 seats) – Julie Ward, Theresa Griffin
Green (1 seat) – Gina Dowding

The Conservative Party, UKIP, Change UK, English Democrat, UK EU and two independent candidates failed to win any seats in this region.

The eight elected Members of the European Parliament will take up their seats on 2nd July 2019.

This weekend saw the River Festival return over the two days of the weekend in Liverpool (as well as a much smaller River Festival on the Wirral side of the River Mersey).
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