What has Wirral Council been spending money on in 2017 and 2018 (part 2)?

What has Wirral Council been spending money on in 2017 and 2018 (part 2)?

69 Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd Wirral Dock Bridge Replacement £495877.87

What has Wirral Council been spending money on in 2017 and 2018 (part 2)?

                                       

Last week I published some invoices to Wirral Council, I received some more of the invoices I’d requested on Friday, some of which are below.

Some are to Wirral Council for the legal expenses of barristers (who are self-employed). Section 26(8) of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 specifically states that names that relate to a business carried on by a sole trader can’t be withheld as personal information. Despite this Wirral Council has blacked out the names of the barristers on some of the invoices below.

The first invoice is from Eversheds Sutherland for £24,000 for “Employment Advice”.

The second and third invoices are both from the North Western Local Authorities’ Employers’ Organisation. The first of the pair is for £2,900 for a “Grievance Investigation” and the second for £34,697.62 is for the annual membership fee for 2017-2018. There are also four more invoices for £2,310 each to do with the ASPIRE Programme (training for human resources employees). Finally £4,545.78 was charged to Wirral Council to do with the regional “Emerging Leaders Programme”.

Lichfields invoiced Wirral Council £21,837.60, £16,378.20 and a further £16,378.20 over three invoices for an Employment Land and Premises Study (abbreviated on the invoices to ELPS). The Wirral Employment Land and Premises Study can be read on Wirral Council’s website and is one of the documents that has informed the emerging Local Plan which Wirral Council will be starting a consultation on next month.

There are a series of invoices from the Wirral Chamber of Commerce as part of an engagement contract with Wirral Council. For June the Wirral Chamber of Commerce charged Wirral Council £45,439.20, in July £45,439.20 and in August £45,439.20.

Shared Intelligence Limited charged Wirral Council £33,788.40 for a “Wirral Library Review” (plus some “additional stakeholder engagement”).

Venn Consulting invoiced Wirral Council £18,000 in September and £18,000 in July for “Consulting Advisory Services” which was paid for out of the Better Care Fund Innovation Fund.

There are a series of invoices from CIPFA C.CO Ltd (who changed their name last year from CIPFA Newco Limited). CIPFA stands for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. £13,600 plus a further £21,420 was charged to Wirral Council to support the LLCS Review. LLCS stands for Leisure, Libraries and Cultural Services. £5,700 was for an “Engagement Plan and Mobilisation”. £36,000 was charged for work on the Corporate Services Review, the Senior Management Review that cost £24,000 went to councillors on the Employment and Appointments Committee for a decision behind closed doors in December 2017. A further £12,000 was charged in January for work on the Corporate Services Review and £8,400 for work on the Senior Management Review that went for a further decision behind closed doors by councillors on the Employment and Appointments Committee in March 2018.

Exchange Chambers (who are a barristers’ chambers based in Liverpool) charged £6,360 in legal expenditure. The case resulted in a £5,000 fine and £13,000 in costs awarded to Wirral Council. A further invoice from Exchange Chambers involving a case in the Liverpool Crown Court cost Wirral Council £3,990 (although the invoice also shows two earlier payments in the same case of £4,407.49 and £8,700). A later invoice to Wirral Council involving the same case is for further legal costs of £4,530.

The Village Hotel Club charged Wirral Council £1,000 for room hire, conference food, tea and coffee for a one day conference.

Titanium Fireworks Ltd charged Wirral Council £24,000 for a one hour pyromusical display on the 5th November 2017.

Weightmans charged £4,206 as an interim invoice involving Birkenhead Market and Vermont. A further invoice from Weightmans charged Wirral Council £16,249.60 for advice on the same topic. Weightmans also charged Wirral Council £4,200 for procurement advice on Birkenhead regeneration.

Wirral Council bought some land from the Homes and Communities Agency at Tower Road, Birkenhead for a total of £8,400 (£5,000 for the land plus £2,000 for HCA’s legal costs plus VAT).

Lancaster Maloney charged £75,193.25 for condition surveys on various libraries as well as repairs to automatic doors at New Ferry Library.

Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd were awarded the contract for the Wirral Dock Bridge Replacement, there are a series of invoices for this project but the most recent one from March 2018 put the cumulative cost of the project at £8,222,993.28.

Wirral Council paid Public Concern at Work £11,250 for a whistleblowing advice line.

7 Harrington Street Chambers charged Wirral Council £4,440 for advice involving an Employment Tribunal claim involving allegations of disability discrimination, constructive dismissal and wrongful dismissal. 7 Harrington Street Chambers also charged Wirral Council £20,760 for work on a criminal case in the Liverpool Magistrates Court.

11KBW charged £3,336 for “Libraries, Leisure, Parks Trust Proposal Advice” and £1,200 for work on an information rights case.

RVR Consulting Limited charged £9,800 in one invoice and £3,000 in another for “Mental Toughness Pop Up Workshops” for Team Leaders and Team Managers.

Custerian charged a further £17,265 in January for “Getting It Right” support, but by February’s invoice also for £17,265 “Getting It Right” had been abbreviated to GIR.

Forge House Associates Limited charged £15,600 and a further £14,820 for work involved in “Management of the WBC Bid Assessment Team” to do with the Wirral Growth Company.

BNP Paribas Real Estate carried out viability reviews & layout plans for Council sites and private sector sites which cost Wirral Council £19,669.92.

The Local Government Information Unit charged Wirral Council £15,240 for an “affiliation fee”.

Newsco Insider Limited invoiced Wirral Council £10,560 for exclusive sponsorship of a breakfast and magazine coverage.

Bevan Brittan charged £18,010.32 for “professional charges” involving a regeneration project.

Mott McDonald charged £16,075.82 for work done on a project called “Saughall Massie SOC”, £14,563.56 as an interim invoice on a “Wirral A41 Corridor Study” and £12,000 on “Wirral Model Maintenance”.

Finally Bates Wells Braithwaite charged £11,814.57 for “A && I Report publication”.

1 Eversheds Sutherland Employment Advice £24000
1 Eversheds Sutherland Employment Advice £24000
2 North West Employers Grievance Investigation £3480
2 North West Employers Grievance Investigation £3480
3 North West Employers Organisation Membership Fee £34697.62
3 North West Employers Organisation Membership Fee £34697.62
4 Lichfields Wirral ELPS £21837.60
4 Lichfields Wirral ELPS £21837.60
5 Lichfields Wirral ELPS £16378.20
5 Lichfields Wirral ELPS £16378.20
6 Wirral Chamber of Commerce Business Engagement Contract £45439.20
6 Wirral Chamber of Commerce Business Engagement Contract £45439.20
7 Shared Intelligence Wirral Library Review £33788.40
7 Shared Intelligence Wirral Library Review £33788.40
8 Venn Consulting Better Care Innovation Fund £18000
8 Venn Consulting Better Care Innovation Fund £18000
9 CIPFA Newco LLCS Review £13860
9 CIPFA Newco LLCS Review £13860
10 CIPFA Newco LLCS Engagement Plan £5700
10 CIPFA Newco LLCS Engagement Plan £5700
11 Wirral Chamber of Commerce £45439.20
11 Wirral Chamber of Commerce £45439.20
12 Wirral Chamber of Commerce £45439.20
12 Wirral Chamber of Commerce £45439.20
13 CIPFA Newco LLCS Review £21420
13 CIPFA Newco LLCS Review £21420
14 Exchange Chambers page 1 of 2 £6360
14 Exchange Chambers page 1 of 2 £6360
15 Exchange Chambers page 2 of 2 £6360
15 Exchange Chambers page 2 of 2 £6360
16 Exchange Chambers page 1 of 3 £3990
16 Exchange Chambers page 1 of 3 £3990
17 Exchange Chambers page 2 of 3 £3990
17 Exchange Chambers page 2 of 3 £3990
18 Exchange Chambers page 3 of 3 £3990
18 Exchange Chambers page 3 of 3 £3990
19 Venn Consulting Better Care Innovation Fund £18000
19 Venn Consulting Better Care Innovation Fund £18000
20 Village Hotel Club £1000
20 Village Hotel Club £1000
21 Titanium Fireworks Ltd £24000
21 Titanium Fireworks Ltd £24000
22 Exchange Chambers A20170023 Page 1 of 4 £4530
22 Exchange Chambers A20170023 Page 1 of 4 £4530
23 Exchange Chambers A20170023 Page 2 of 4 £4530
23 Exchange Chambers A20170023 Page 2 of 4 £4530
24 Exchange Chambers A20170023 Page 3 of 4 £4530
24 Exchange Chambers A20170023 Page 3 of 4 £4530
25 Exchange Chambers A20170023 Page 4 of 4 £4530
25 Exchange Chambers A20170023 Page 4 of 4 £4530
26 Weightmans Birkenhead Market Vermont £4206
26 Weightmans Birkenhead Market Vermont £4206
27 Tower Road land purchase Homes and Communities Agency page 1 of 2 £8400
27 Tower Road land purchase Homes and Communities Agency page 1 of 2 £8400
28 Tower Road land purchase Homes and Communities Agency page 2 of 2 £8400
28 Tower Road land purchase Homes and Communities Agency page 2 of 2 £8400
29 Lancaster Maloney Building Surveying Minor Works £75193.25
29 Lancaster Maloney Building Surveying Minor Works £75193.25
30 Venn Consulting Better Care Fund Innovation Fund £18000
30 Venn Consulting Better Care Fund Innovation Fund £18000
31 Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd Wirral Dock Bridge Replacement £726187.86
31 Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd Wirral Dock Bridge Replacement £726187.86
32 Public Concern at Work Whistleblowing Advice Line £11250
32 Public Concern at Work Whistleblowing Advice Line £11250
33 7 Harrington St Chambers Employment Tribunal £4440
33 7 Harrington St Chambers Employment Tribunal £4440
34 11KBW Libraries Leisure Parks Trust Proposal Advice £3336
34 11KBW Libraries Leisure Parks Trust Proposal Advice £3336
35 Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd Wirral Dock Bridge Replacement £285107.24
35 Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd Wirral Dock Bridge Replacement £285107.24
36 7 Harrington St Chambers Liverpool Magistrates Court £20760
36 7 Harrington St Chambers Liverpool Magistrates Court £20760
37 Weightmans Birkenhead Regeneration Procurement Advice £4200
37 Weightmans Birkenhead Regeneration Procurement Advice £4200
38 RVR Consulting Coaching and Mentoring £9800
38 RVR Consulting Coaching and Mentoring £9800
39 North West Employers Emerging Leaders Programme £4545.78
39 North West Employers Emerging Leaders Programme £4545.78
40 RVR Consulting Coaching and Mentoring £3000
40 RVR Consulting Coaching and Mentoring £3000
41 North West Employers ASPIRE Programme £2310
41 North West Employers ASPIRE Programme £2310
42 North West Employers ASPIRE Programme £2310
42 North West Employers ASPIRE Programme £2310
43 North West Employers ASPIRE Programme £2310
43 North West Employers ASPIRE Programme £2310
44 North West Employers ASPIRE Programme £2310
44 North West Employers ASPIRE Programme £2310
45 CIPFA Newco Corporate Services Review £36000
45 CIPFA Newco Corporate Services Review £36000
46 CIPFA Newco Senior Management Review £24000
46 CIPFA Newco Senior Management Review £24000
47 Custerian Getting It Right £17265
47 Custerian Getting It Right £17265
48 Lichfields Wirral ELPS £16378.20
48 Lichfields Wirral ELPS £16378.20
49 Forge House Associates Ltd £15600 Page 1 of 2
49 Forge House Associates Ltd £15600 Page 1 of 2
50 Forge House Associates Ltd £15600 Page 2 of 2
50 Forge House Associates Ltd £15600 Page 2 of 2
51 CIPFA Newco Corporate Services Review £12000
51 CIPFA Newco Corporate Services Review £12000
52 CIPFA Newco Senior Management Review £8400
52 CIPFA Newco Senior Management Review £8400
53 Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd £607351.45
53 Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd £607351.45
54 BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK Ltd £19669.92
54 BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK Ltd £19669.92
55 Local Information Unit Ltd Local Government Information Unit £15420
55 Local Information Unit Ltd Local Government Information Unit £15420
56 Newsco Insider sponsorship £10560
56 Newsco Insider sponsorship £10560
57 Weightmans Birkenhead Market £16249.60
57 Weightmans Birkenhead Market £16249.60
58 11KBW First-tier Tribunal £1200
58 11KBW First-tier Tribunal £1200
59 CIPFA Newco Senior Management Review £27600
59 CIPFA Newco Senior Management Review £27600
60 Bevan Brittan regeneration project £18010.32
60 Bevan Brittan regeneration project £18010.32
61 Custerian Getting It Right £17265
61 Custerian Getting It Right £17265
62 CIPFA Newco Growth and Partnerships Service Review £16800
62 CIPFA Newco Growth and Partnerships Service Review £16800
63 Mott McDonald Saughall Massie SOC £13396.52
63 Mott McDonald Saughall Massie SOC £13396.52
64 Forge House Associates Ltd Wirral Growth Company page 1 of 2 £14820
64 Forge House Associates Ltd Wirral Growth Company page 1 of 2 £14820
65 Forge House Associates Ltd Wirral Growth Company page 2 of 2 £14820
65 Forge House Associates Ltd Wirral Growth Company page 2 of 2 £14820
66 Mott McDonald Wirral A41 Corridor Study £12136.30
66 Mott McDonald Wirral A41 Corridor Study £12136.30
67 Mott McDonald Wirral Model Maintenance £10000
67 Mott McDonald Wirral Model Maintenance £10000
68 Bates Wells and Braithwaite London LLP £11814.57
68 Bates Wells and Braithwaite London LLP £11814.57
69 Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd Wirral Dock Bridge Replacement £495877.87
69 Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd Wirral Dock Bridge Replacement £495877.87

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