Liverpool City Council will undergo significant changes, according to the government.
Following a damning inspection report, the government has confirmed extensive changes to Liverpool Council, including changes to elections, councillor numbers, and the timing of a mayoral vote.
Liverpool Council was the subject of a very scathing inspection report by Max Caller in March, which discovered a surprising number of failings in key council departments.
Staff members were afraid to speak out about failures and concerns, revealing a “dysfunctional” culture.
Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick ordered Whitehall commissioners to monitor the struggling council departments of highways, regeneration, and property management as a result of the report.
Their commissioners have now been appointed and will serve for the next three years in those departments.
Mr Caller did, however, make a number of critical suggestions in his report concerning how the council is operated and its electoral future.
These significant modifications have now been confirmed by the government.
From 2023 onwards, the council will hold all-out elections every four years, with no elections this year.
In 2023, there will be another mayoral election (dependent upon the outcome of a governance review over the future of the role).
As a result, any referendum on the future of the mayoral system, which the ruling Labour Party has committed to hold, will have to be held next year.
Another significant change is that the council will switch to a system in which each city ward will have only one councillor, unless it is considered necessary to have more than one ward member.
The commissioners in charge of overseeing the reforms at Liverpool City Council are:
– Mr Cunningham has worked in policing for almost 30 years, most recently as Chief Executive of the College of Policing, the standards-setting body for policing in England and Wales, from 2018 to 2020. Formerly Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police and one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary, inspecting forces in the north of England and Northern Ireland, as well as the national lead inspector for the development and implementation of inspections into police efficiency, legitimacy, and leadership.
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