Commissioners have been appointed to oversee the operation of Liverpool City Council.
The Government has appointed commissioners to supervise portions of Liverpool City Council following a dismal inspection report.
On Thursday, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick unveiled the city council’s comprehensive package of interventions.
The government’s decision to intervene in the operation of the Labour authority was initially announced in March, following charges of bullying, intimidation, “dubious” transactions, and “jobs for the lads” by a local government inspector, Max Caller.
Following the arrest of then-mayor Joe Anderson as part of a Merseyside Police fraud probe, he was invited to conduct an inspection.
Mr Anderson’s successor, Joanne Anderson, who is not related to Mr Anderson, said the authority was “committed” to implementing the recommendations made in the report.
Mr Jenrick stated that during the next three years, four commissioners will oversee the authority’s roadways, regeneration, and property management activities, as well as its improvement plan.
“As someone who grew up in the Liverpool region, I am honoured to have been nominated by the Secretary of State as lead commissioner for the Government’s intervention at Liverpool City Council,” said lead commissioner Mike Cunningham QPM, formerly chief executive of the College of Policing.
“I will be part of a larger commissioner team that will assist the council in continuing to improve its services to Liverpool residents.
“I am excited to begin this critical task, which will entail giving the Secretary of State with frequent progress updates.”
Surrey County Council chief executive Joanna Killian, as local government improvement commissioner, Neil Gibson, as highways commissioner, and Deborah McLaughlin, as regeneration commissioner, will work alongside Mr Cunningham.
“We are determined to deliver the improvements required to give the best possible value for our residents,” Ms Anderson, who was elected as the city’s first black female mayor last month, said.
“The entire organization is dedicated to ensuring that the adjustments we’ve outlined in response to the report are implemented.
“The commissioners will be available to help and guide us along the way. (This is a brief piece.)