Published: 24th Mar 2021

The government is to appoint commissioners to help run Liverpool City Council for a minimum of three years. Speaking today (24 March) in parliament, communities secretary Robert Jenrick said there had ‘been a serious breakdown of governance’ at the council. Mr Jenrick said an inspection report into the council, which had been commissioned by the government ‘paints a deeply concerning picture of mismanagement, the breakdown of scrutiny and accountability, a dysfunctional culture putting the spending of public funds at risk and undermining the city’s economic development’. He added there has been a ‘failure of proper and due process across planning and regeneration, including worrying lack of proper record keeping’. ‘Indeed, documentation had sometimes been created retrospectively, discarded in skips, or even destroyed,’ he told MPs. Liverpool City Council has been under intense scrutiny since five men, including the-then mayor Joe Anderson were arrested in December. The communities secretary said he … (To read the full article, subscribe below)