Accountability failures by local government highlighted in report by Research for Action and High Court Judge

Accountability failures by local government highlighted in report by Research for Action and High Court Judge

Accountability failures by local government highlighted in report by Research for Action and High Court Judge

                                 

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

First publication date: 28th April 2021, 05:48 (BST).

The three boxes on the left comprise the PFI fire stations contract
The three boxes on the left comprise the PFI fire stations contract

A 40 A4 page report published today (28th April 2021) by Research for Action titled Democracy Denied: Audit and Accountability Failure in Local Government looked at the experience of those who have tried (during a 30 working day period each year) to inspect the financial records of councils, as well as the experience of those who have asked questions of auditors or made objections using rights in the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 (in England) or the Local Authority Accounts (Scotland) Regulations 2014 (in Scotland). The report concentrates on requests to inspect, as well as related rights to ask questions to the auditor and/or object to the auditor. The report is mainly about requests in relation to PFI (Private Finance Initiative) schemes or LOBO (Lender Option Borrower Option) loans.
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Is Liverpool City Council in denial?

Is Liverpool City Council in denial?

              

This blog post is dedicated to Ellen Forster (who has started a regular weekly vodcast called Conversations by the Sea) and Anna Codrea-Rado. Both have taught me a lot in a short time and reminded me some of what I’d forgotten.

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

First publication date: 2nd March 2021, 10:44 (GMT).

Policy and Resources Committee (Wirral Council) 1st March 2021
Licensing and Gambling Sub-Committee (Liverpool City Council) 1st March 2021

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So who’s putting up your council tax in Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley and Sefton and what happened when the Race Equality Task Force reported?

So who’s putting up your council tax in Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley and Sefton and what happened when the Race Equality Task Force reported?

So who’s putting up your council tax in Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley and Sefton and what happened when the Race Equality Task Force reported?

                                     

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

First publication date: 7th February 2021, 15:37 (GMT)

Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Andy Cooke (Merseyside Police and Crime Panel) 4th February 2021
Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Andy Cooke (Merseyside Police and Crime Panel) 4th February 2021

This last week has been an interesting one, as politicians decided (despite concerns about affordability) to put up local taxes such as council tax for the people of Merseyside.

Thursday saw a public meeting of the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel meet (who are ten councillors appointed by the district councils on Merseyside (Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley and Sefton) plus two independent members.
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What are the new restrictions on what you can’t do in Wirral, St Helens, Sefton, Knowsley, Liverpool and Halton from the 14th October 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic?

What are the new restrictions on what you can’t do in Wirral, St Helens, Sefton, Knowsley, Liverpool and Halton from the 14th October 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic?

What are the new restrictions on what you can’t do in Wirral, St Helens, Sefton, Knowsley, Liverpool and Halton from the 14th October 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic?

                                     

A protest outside Wallasey Town Hall in 2016 - protests of this size whilst the regulations are in force will only be allowed if a risk assessment has been carried out and all reasonable measures have been taken
A protest outside Wallasey Town Hall in 2016 – protests of this size whilst these regulations are in force will only be allowed if a risk assessment has been carried out and all reasonable measures have been taken

By John Brace (Editor)
First publication date: 13th October 2020, 12:46 (BST).

Tomorrow (Wednesday 14th October 2020) further public health restrictions come into force in Wirral, St Helens, Sefton, Knowsley, Liverpool and Halton. The regulations are called the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Very High) (England) Regulations 2020 and are 27 pages long with a 13 page Explanatory Memorandum.
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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA) withdrew their costs application made in September 2016 for £1,261.50 against Mr John Brace in First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) case EA/2016/0054 (Brace v Information Commissioner and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority) and MFRA pay £500 already paid back to Mr John Brace

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA) withdrew their costs application made in September 2016 for £1,261.50 against Mr John Brace in First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) case EA/2016/0054 (Brace v Information Commissioner and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority) and MFRA pay £500 already paid back to Mr John Brace

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA) withdrew their costs application made in September 2016 for £1,261.50 against Mr John Brace in First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) case EA/2016/0054 (Brace v Information Commissioner and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority) and MFRA pay £500 already paid back to Mr John Brace

                                            

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

First publication date: 17th July 2020, 06:50 (BST).
Edited: 19th July 2020, 13:16 (BST). A revised decision was issued to parties with the correct case reference number on 19.7.20 and an apology from First-tier Tribunal Judge McMillan, therefore the article below is the situation at the time of publication (17.7.20), but has not been amended due to this addition.

Janet Henshaw (centre, former Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Monitoring Officer) December 2016 talking to councillors about costs in EA/2016/0054 at a public meeting of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Policy and Resources Committee (15th December 2016)
Janet Henshaw (centre, former Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Monitoring Officer) December 2016 talking to councillors about costs in EA/2016/0054 at a public meeting of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Policy and Resources Committee (15th December 2016).

The author declares an interest as a party (Appellant) in First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) case EA/2016/0054, as a party (Appellant) in Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) cases GIA/619/2019 & GIA/2503/2017. and as a party (Applicant) in Birkenhead County Court enforcement case G01BI932.
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