Hundreds protest about climate change and greenspaces before, during and after Liverpool City Region Combined Authority meeting

                                            

protest Mann Island climate change greenspaces 12th April 2019 photo 1

Protest outside Mann Island, Liverpool about climate change and greenspaces 12th April 2019 photo 1


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What was in a letter from Merseyside Police to candidates standing in elections to be a councillor warning them not to break the law?

                                    

Merseyside Police letter to candidates and agents 2019

Merseyside Police letter to candidates and agents 2019

A letter from Merseyside Police to all candidates and agents (which can be viewed above) in the elections of a councillor to Wirral Council states that there will be “a focus on education rather than education rather than prosecuting minor breaches of Electoral Law” but at the same time warns that, “It is the absolute responsibility that all candidates and agents should make themselves aware of these guidelines and if someone is going to run as a candidate then ignorance of these guidelines will not be a defence.”
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Has Liverpool City Region Combined Authority been paying the right amount of income tax and national insurance on payments to personal service companies?

                    

This is a rather complicated story involving the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) and one of its contractors called Green Blue Skies Limited that I will do my best to explain as well as I can.

Earlier this week following a request for information to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority I received a copy of an invoice dated 30th June 2017 from Green Blue Skies Limited for £2,400 for consultancy work.

A copy of the invoice (partly redacted) is below.

Green Blue Skies Ltd invoice LCRCA 30th June 2017

Green Blue Skies Ltd invoice LCRCA 30th June 2017

Green Blue Skies Ltd (according to Companies House) is owned by its sole director Mrs Victoria Jane Kelly.

It’s a personal service company that provides professional services (as detailed on the invoice) to clients (in this case the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority).

In LCRCA’s response to my request they incorrectly state, “In the case of Green Blue Skies Ltd., the company was a sole trader”.

As being paid for work through a limited company compared to being an employee of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority led to tax advantages, in February 2017 Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) issued guidance on what is termed off-payroll working rules.

The upshot of the guidance is that from February 2017 in relation to personal service companies providing services to public authorities such as the LCRCA was that when the off-payroll working rules applied the following should happen. Once the public authority was invoiced, the public authority would deduct the equivalent in tax and national insurance as if the person had been an employee from any payment made to the personal service company.

This invoice is for £2,400. The list of payments that the LCRCA made in July 2017 published on Merseytravel’s website (on page 5) show that the amount paid was £2,400.

I just don’t understand why the two figures match when according to the guidance LCRCA should have deducted tax and national insurance from the amount paid?

Perhaps you could find out for me why and leave a comment?

Contact details for LCRCA’s Treasurer and external auditors are below.

John Fogarty (LCRCA Treasurer) john.fogarty@merseytravel.gov.uk

External Auditors to the LCRCA (Mazars)

Gareth Hitchmough Gareth.Hitchmough@mazars.co.uk
Chris Whittingham Chris.Whittingham@mazars.co.uk
Patrick McCloskey Patrick.Mccloskey@mazars.co.uk

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Who are the 90 candidates standing in an election to be a councillor at Wirral Council in 2019?

                                                       

Holy Cross primary school Bidston polling station Bidston St James 4th May 2017 resized

Holy Cross Primary School (polling station Bidston and St James ward) 4th May 2017

Below is a table of the ninety candidates in the election of a councillor across each of the 22 wards. Those living in each ward and who vote will elect one councillor to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council (making twenty-two in total). Those wards electing a councillor in May 2019 are Bebington, Bidston & St James, Birkenhead & Tranmere, Bromborough, Clatterbridge, Claughton, Eastham, Greasby, Frankby & Irby, Heswall, Hoylake & Meols, Leasowe & Moreton East, Liscard, Moreton West & Saughall Massie, New Brighton, Oxton, Pensby & Thingwall, Prenton, Rock Ferry, Seacombe, Upton, Wallasey and West Kirby & Thurstaston.
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OFSTED and CQC criticise Liverpool City Council and Liverpool CCG for “significant weaknesses” in special education needs and disability provision for children and young adults in Liverpool

                                                

Mayor Joe Anderson (Chair of Liverpool City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board) 6th March 2019

Mayor Joe Anderson (Chair of Liverpool City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board) 6th March 2019

A joint inspection of Liverpool City Council and the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group by OFSTED and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out in January 2019 identified “significant weaknesses”.

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspectorate determined a “Written Statement of Action” was required. Liverpool City Council and the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group have been jointly required to submit this statement.
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