Wirral Council allocate £1,600 each to those made homeless by New Ferry explosion, but 2018-19 accounts won’t be audited on time
In the morning Wirral Council’s Cabinet (see below) agreed to £1,600 each towards New Ferry residents made homeless for a week or more and £1,600 to businesses that found themselves behind the cordon (subject to all of them filling out a form and waiting for the money despite Wirral Council knowing who these people are). Just in case you’re wondering how long it’s been the explosion in New Ferry happened in March 2017. On the plus side unlike Kensington and Chelsea’s Cabinet post-Grenfell Tower Wirral Council’s Cabinet did allow residents to attend this meeting and didn’t require journalists to get a court order to attend either.
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In the evening Wirral Council’s Audit and Risk Management Committee convened to hear why the accounts for 2018-19 wouldn’t be audited on time.
Like a strange form of accounting poetry from Shaer Halewood it went to a chorus like this:-
Blame it on the government losing permission to appeal the McCloud case,
Blame it on Mr Brace*,
Blame it on the auditors Grant Thornton,
Blame it on staff off sick,
Blame it on vacancies and
Blame it on not being allowed to recruit.
*I’m glad in a way I’ve reentered the book of Wirral Council reasons.
But then people do look for someone to blame when things go wrong – don’t they?
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