While Wirral Council pleads poverty, here’s a reminder of how corrupted, abusive and broken it is, via its own foreseeable, avoidable, historical conduct.
First, read this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Council:
…..Here’s how the Don Latham, “local government consultancy” worked:
To set a new (i.e. increased) allowance rate for councillors, Wirral leader Steve Foulkes operated an Independent Remuneration Panel, back in 2002 – but it was anything but ‘independent’.
The structure was calculated, questionable and shamelessly self-serving….
The then Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions advised that under the Local Government Act (2000), councils appoint a panel to decide a “fair rate” for councillors’ allowances. The panel members must be ‘truly independent and picked to represent the diversity of the local community‘. Local Authorities may have wished to ask particular stakeholders, e.g. the voluntary sector or the local business community.
The panel for this period was made up of the then Bishop of Birkenhead, David Urquhart (had lived and served on the Wirral for the previous 2…
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