What does the new government mean for Liverpool’s future?
The government has announced a slew of significant measures that will radically alter how Liverpool is governed and run.
In March, the city council was the subject of a shocking inspection report that exposed ‘dysfunctional’ departments with cultures of intimidation and incompetence.
Max Caller’s report prompted Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick to take the unusual step of appointing Whitehall commissioners to oversee the operation of key departments at Liverpool City Council.
Those commissioners have now been appointed, and for the next three years, they will be in charge of all executive functions related to the council’s struggling regeneration, highways, and property management departments.
However, the commissioners’ appointment is only one component of the government’s decision on Liverpool Council.
In the wake of his stunning findings, Mr Caller also presented a number of proposals for how the city’s makeup and electoral destiny could be modified.
Today, these adjustments were verified.
They are significant changes that will have a significant impact on how the city is administered, and they will not be favorably received by all.
For starters, starting in 2023, Liverpool’s voting calendar will change, resulting in all-out elections once every four years, with every council seat up for grabs.
This is a significant departure from the present system, which sees council elections every three years, with a third of seats up for grabs.
Mr Caller claimed that switching to ‘all outs’ would save councillors and parties from having to campaign nearly every year, allowing them to focus on the crucial business of representing and assisting their constituents.
Along with the 2023 council elections, the next city mayor election will (or may) take place.
The reason this is a might be is that Liverpool is set to have a referendum on whether or not it wants a mayor at all.
The ruling Labour Party has previously stated that a public vote will be held on whether to preserve the mayoralty or switch to a leader and cabinet or another arrangement.
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