Is Wirral Council’s budget sustainable or is it being propped up by one-off sales of land and buildings?

                             

Vue Cinema (Birkenhead) 9th February 2019

Vue Cinema (Birkenhead) 9th February 2019

This is a collaborative piece with The Bureau of Investigative Journalism who we would like to thank for all their help.

Tonight (if you’re reading this on the day of publication) Wirral Council councillors decide at a public meeting on their 2019-20 budget (which includes a recommendation to put peoples’ council tax up).
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How did Wirral Council councillors vote at a public meeting about the Hoylake Golf Resort/Celtic Manor Resort?

                                            

Mayor Cllr Geoffrey Watt announcing the result of the vote Hoylake Golf Resort/Celtic Manor Resort (Wirral Council) 25th February 2019

Mayor Cllr Geoffrey Watt announcing the result of the vote Hoylake Golf Resort/Celtic Manor Resort (Wirral Council) 25th February 2019

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Extraordinary Council (Wirral Council) 25th February 2019 Hoylake Golf Resort Part 1 of 5

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Will councillors on Wirral Council end Kingdom’s controversial dog fouling, litter, smoking, flytipping and business waste enforcement contract?

                                           

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Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Wirral Council) 30th January 2019

Michael Fisher (left) Kingdom Mike Cockburn (right) Wirral Council 30th January 2019 Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee (source: Wirral Council video)

Michael Fisher (left) Kingdom Mike Cockburn (right) Wirral Council 30th January 2019 Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee (source: Wirral Council video)

The most popular video in my YouTube channel (over the week of 14th February 2019 to 20th February 2019) has been Wirral Council’s video footage of the public meeting of their Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on the 30th January 2019.
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Councillors and Police and Crime Commissioner hear about collaborative working between Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service at public meeting

                                              

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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Joint Fire and Police Collaboration Committee 21st February 2019 Part 1 of 2

Cllr Les Byrom (Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Joint Fire and Police Collaboration Committee) 21st February 2019

Cllr Les Byrom (Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Joint Fire and Police Collaboration Committee) 21st February 2019

Today’s meeting of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority’s Joint Fire & Police Collaboration Committee was attended by three councillors from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority and also Jane Kennedy (the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside) to discuss collaboration between Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Merseyside Police.
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After consultation government proposes to use higher 803 Local Plan figure for new households on the Wirral but insists it isn’t a “target”

                                             

House building on the Wirral 2018

House building on the Wirral 2018

Last year, the Office of National Statistics published new figures which changed the household projections for the Wirral Council’s Local Plan from 803 a year to 477 a year. The difference being around 226 households a year.
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