Emergency funding blow for Wirral

Wirral Globe: Council leader Phil Davies Council leader Phil Davies

COUNCIL leader Phil Davies has expressed outrage at government plans to ditch a fund allowing councils to divert emergency help to vulnerable people.

North West councils will lose £31m in 2015 – cash previously used to provide emergency food, heating and white goods to those most in need.

Wirral Council will lose £400,000 in cutbacks from the Local Welfare Provision grant.

Cllr Davies said: "My reaction is one of great frustration and outrage.

"At a time when people are being hit by benefit cuts and the bedroom tax to cut the grant for emergency loans is a slap in the face for the most vulnerable members of our community."

He went on: "Our general budget has been cut by a third – we don't have any funding to divert to things like this.

"It will mean even more hardship for the most vulnerable. It is getting to the stage where local authorities are being cut to the bone.

"It won't be long before we can't even fund our statutory services."

Each council is free to allocate the funding according to local priorities and it is predominately used to help those in crisis, with benefit payment problems or for vulnerable people leaving care, prison or faced with homelessness.

Latest information from government states that in 2015 the government will scrap the £174m grant which provides relief to those in need with some of the authorities being hit hardest by welfare reform and council cuts.

The Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities has previously found that those suffering the highest cuts are those providing for the highest proportion of vulnerable people.

The councils losing the most funding are those with the highest demand for crisis funding.

SIGOMA chairman Sir Steve Houghton said: "This latest cut will take funding away from people who need it in times of crisis and is a further pressure on councils in deprived areas trying to provide for their most vulnerable residents.

"With the effects of welfare reform and huge council funding cuts already planned for 2015, councils are getting ever closer to breaking point."

SIGOMA and the Local Government Association have warned that 2015 is expected to be the year where councils are likely to have to make the toughest decisions about cutting frontline services and they will face an uphill battle to support their most vulnerable people.

Analysis by Sheffield Hallam University has shown that 2015 is also the year that the impact of welfare reform will be hardest felt which is likely to increase the reliance on food banks.

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9:40am Thu 26 Dec 13

johnbrace says...

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9:50am Thu 26 Dec 13

johnbrace says...

Well my first attempt at a comment didn't work.

Labour are making budget assumptions for 2013/14 on a 2% Council Tax rise. This is the most they can increase Council Tax by without triggering a referendum. Labour chose what goes in the Council's budget for next year and what is cut. If Cllr Phil Davies doesn't want a third of Wirral Council's budget cut (over a number of years), then why not come up with a budget that raises Council Tax above 2% and let the people of Wirral decide in a referendum? Or is Cllr Phil Davies frightened that if he tried this the answer would be a resounding no to Council Tax rises?

Next year we have elections to Wirral Council and in 2015 a General Election. Cllr Phil Davies is making a number of assumptions. First he's predicting that in 2015 that Labour will be in charge of Wirral Council and that if a Labour majority government is elected in 2015 that it won't change the spending plans of the current Government.

Even I haven't got a crystal ball capable of predicting all that!
Well my first attempt at a comment didn't work. Labour are making budget assumptions for 2013/14 on a 2% Council Tax rise. This is the most they can increase Council Tax by without triggering a referendum. Labour chose what goes in the Council's budget for next year and what is cut. If Cllr Phil Davies doesn't want a third of Wirral Council's budget cut (over a number of years), then why not come up with a budget that raises Council Tax above 2% and let the people of Wirral decide in a referendum? Or is Cllr Phil Davies frightened that if he tried this the answer would be a resounding no to Council Tax rises? Next year we have elections to Wirral Council and in 2015 a General Election. Cllr Phil Davies is making a number of assumptions. First he's predicting that in 2015 that Labour will be in charge of Wirral Council and that if a Labour majority government is elected in 2015 that it won't change the spending plans of the current Government. Even I haven't got a crystal ball capable of predicting all that! johnbrace

10:56am Thu 26 Dec 13

jeselis says...

And at a time when elaborate fire escapes (aka staircases) are being constructed at a cost of £850,000....
And at a time when elaborate fire escapes (aka staircases) are being constructed at a cost of £850,000.... jeselis

11:33am Thu 26 Dec 13

Hugo1008 says...

Clr Phil Davies and a number of his co-horts, would have you believe its all down to the National Coalition Government, yet his hands are not tied, what is cut and who suffers is all down to the local council decision making machine.

That consists of less than a dozen long serving Labour Party Councilors who make up the Cabinet, it is this same cabinet who have made all the decisions quite pathetically for the last ten years.
Yes the same cabinet who decided to hack and slash at the Wirral Council Services, Closing Down much needed centers, reducing care service for the elderly, young, disabled, and those least able to fend for themselves.
The same bunch of parasites who have seen that they themselves continue to reap the rich pickings, over the top expenses, luxury trips abroad, wined and dined at the best hotels, and fully immersed themselves in best of everything that money can buy, at the same time making some of the decisions that have seen huge waste of money and resources, very expensive pay offs, even Handing huge lumps of cash to con merchants who took advantage of the complete lack of supervision and governance within the abjectly poor Wirral Council management system.

And all this disgraceful set of incompetents have offed in exchange is deceit, mis information, suppression of the truth, ridiculous excuses, over saving money on Brown Bins, Lack of Street Lighting, expensive car parking, and reducing maintenance so the the Wirral is fast looking like some third world shanty town.
And according to them its all the fault of the Coalition Government in London
when even our own Members of Parliament know that in no other place in the whole country, is the Management and Governance of a Local Authority been in such a shambles for the last ten years maybe even longer to 20 years. So remember that when you next vote for a Political Party Candidate.
Clr Phil Davies and a number of his co-horts, would have you believe its all down to the National Coalition Government, yet his hands are not tied, what is cut and who suffers is all down to the local council decision making machine. That consists of less than a dozen long serving Labour Party Councilors who make up the Cabinet, it is this same cabinet who have made all the decisions quite pathetically for the last ten years. Yes the same cabinet who decided to hack and slash at the Wirral Council Services, Closing Down much needed centers, reducing care service for the elderly, young, disabled, and those least able to fend for themselves. The same bunch of parasites who have seen that they themselves continue to reap the rich pickings, over the top expenses, luxury trips abroad, wined and dined at the best hotels, and fully immersed themselves in best of everything that money can buy, at the same time making some of the decisions that have seen huge waste of money and resources, very expensive pay offs, even Handing huge lumps of cash to con merchants who took advantage of the complete lack of supervision and governance within the abjectly poor Wirral Council management system. And all this disgraceful set of incompetents have offed in exchange is deceit, mis information, suppression of the truth, ridiculous excuses, over saving money on Brown Bins, Lack of Street Lighting, expensive car parking, and reducing maintenance so the the Wirral is fast looking like some third world shanty town. And according to them its all the fault of the Coalition Government in London when even our own Members of Parliament know that in no other place in the whole country, is the Management and Governance of a Local Authority been in such a shambles for the last ten years maybe even longer to 20 years. So remember that when you next vote for a Political Party Candidate. Hugo1008

11:57am Thu 26 Dec 13

Hugo1008 says...

There is one very simple action that could save Wirral Ratepayers in excess of one million pounds this year and every year for generations without impacting in any respect the Required Council Service.

And that is just cut the number of elected Councilors from a bloated 66 to 20, divide the Wirral into six districts, each district vote on and elect three Peoples Representatives, not necessarily party political candidates, but individual reps that would be first and foremost looking after the interests of the local population.
Then the electorate could elect a leader and a deputy for this body of local representation who's prime job would be to see the Normalisation of Pay . Pensions, and Conditions of Employment for the entire council and the services they supply with full accountability.
The whole service not accountable to any Political Party Machine of any shape size or colour or belief or the political whips in Parliament,

Or any Political Party that 90 percent of the population do not even belong to, but be fully accountable to the rate and tax payers who live and work in the Wirral Peninsular.
Now that would be Democracy in its true meaning, at a fraction of the present cost.
There is one very simple action that could save Wirral Ratepayers in excess of one million pounds this year and every year for generations without impacting in any respect the Required Council Service. And that is just cut the number of elected Councilors from a bloated 66 to 20, divide the Wirral into six districts, each district vote on and elect three Peoples Representatives, not necessarily party political candidates, but individual reps that would be first and foremost looking after the interests of the local population. Then the electorate could elect a leader and a deputy for this body of local representation who's prime job would be to see the Normalisation of Pay . Pensions, and Conditions of Employment for the entire council and the services they supply with full accountability. The whole service not accountable to any Political Party Machine of any shape size or colour or belief or the political whips in Parliament, Or any Political Party that 90 percent of the population do not even belong to, but be fully accountable to the rate and tax payers who live and work in the Wirral Peninsular. Now that would be Democracy in its true meaning, at a fraction of the present cost. Hugo1008

1:28pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Growl Tiger says...

Cllr Davies says "It won't be long before we can't even fund our statutory services."

On Wirral those “statutory services” comprise legal fees for robust investigations resulting in comprise agreements, redundancy payouts, early voluntary retirements, mystery payouts to staff with hurt feelings, first class trips to China, makeovers for the executive suite and a new staircase to heaven.

If he has to resort to cutting funding for those statutory services then bring it on asap.
Cllr Davies says "It won't be long before we can't even fund our statutory services." On Wirral those “statutory services” comprise legal fees for robust investigations resulting in comprise agreements, redundancy payouts, early voluntary retirements, mystery payouts to staff with hurt feelings, first class trips to China, makeovers for the executive suite and a new staircase to heaven. If he has to resort to cutting funding for those statutory services then bring it on asap. Growl Tiger

6:49pm Thu 26 Dec 13

keen gardener says...

May I make a suggestion...PLEASE? Instead of reflecting on the errors (yes, there have been numerous....reoeated time & time again) of the past may WE move forward. What can be done?
May I make a suggestion...PLEASE? Instead of reflecting on the errors (yes, there have been numerous....reoeated time & time again) of the past may WE move forward. What can be done? keen gardener

9:55pm Thu 26 Dec 13

David Scott says...

'Our general budget has been cut by a third.' Might be interested in what Mr Davies had to say if he didn't spin vague statements like that.

Secondly, why are councils involved in handing out benefits cash, duplicating central government?
'Our general budget has been cut by a third.' Might be interested in what Mr Davies had to say if he didn't spin vague statements like that. Secondly, why are councils involved in handing out benefits cash, duplicating central government? David Scott

12:42am Fri 27 Dec 13

PaulCa says...

keen gardener wrote:
May I make a suggestion...PLEASE? Instead of reflecting on the errors (yes, there have been numerous....reoeated time & time again) of the past may WE move forward. What can be done?
Happy to comply with your suggestion Keen Gardener.

Except they WEREN'T "errors" - just in case you didn't notice.

They WEREN'T mistakes either - just in case you didn't notice.

Such words imply they had no control over what happened. Which would be nonsense.

Let's repeat yet again the features of this abuse, which you've described as "errors of the past". People need to be reminded. They happened over a decade or longer, were calculated and quite deliberate, and when the heat got turned up, instead of owning up, the abusers behind it all ran scared and carried it all on, trying to conceal their abuse with:

Deliberate covering up
Deliberate minimisation
Deliberate obfuscation of the reasons behind the abuse
Deliberate and ongoing mangling of the language
Deliberate and ongoing pretense at some sort of "improvement journey"
Deliberate appointment of BOGUS independent investigators to achieve the "right" result
Deliberate squandering of our cash to pay for all the above

In other words, without accountability or some sort of reckoning to register with the voters, we can't "move forward" in your tired and cliched phrase.

What can be done?

Get rid of the abusive deadwood that holds the strings of power and abused that power get away with a clear and wide ranging gamut of abuse... SCOT FREE.
[quote][p][bold]keen gardener[/bold] wrote: May I make a suggestion...PLEASE? Instead of reflecting on the errors (yes, there have been numerous....reoeated time & time again) of the past may WE move forward. What can be done?[/p][/quote]Happy to comply with your suggestion Keen Gardener. Except they WEREN'T "errors" - just in case you didn't notice. They WEREN'T mistakes either - just in case you didn't notice. Such words imply they had no control over what happened. Which would be nonsense. Let's repeat yet again the features of this abuse, which you've described as "errors of the past". People need to be reminded. They happened over a decade or longer, were calculated and quite deliberate, and when the heat got turned up, instead of owning up, the abusers behind it all ran scared and carried it all on, trying to conceal their abuse with: Deliberate covering up Deliberate minimisation Deliberate obfuscation of the reasons behind the abuse Deliberate and ongoing mangling of the language Deliberate and ongoing pretense at some sort of "improvement journey" Deliberate appointment of BOGUS independent investigators to achieve the "right" result Deliberate squandering of our cash to pay for all the above In other words, without accountability or some sort of reckoning to register with the voters, we can't "move forward" in your tired and cliched phrase. What can be done? Get rid of the abusive deadwood that holds the strings of power and abused that power get away with a clear and wide ranging gamut of abuse... SCOT FREE. PaulCa

7:27am Fri 27 Dec 13

JohnON says...

"What can be done?
Get rid of the abusive deadwood that holds the strings of power and abused that power get away with a clear and wide ranging gamut of abuse... SCOT FREE."

All I would add is: don't rely on the elections next May to do that. The crew running the Council could stand at the polling stations wearing striped jerseys and masks with a bag of swag over their shoulders and "the faithful" will still vote them in.
"What can be done? Get rid of the abusive deadwood that holds the strings of power and abused that power get away with a clear and wide ranging gamut of abuse... SCOT FREE." All I would add is: don't rely on the elections next May to do that. The crew running the Council could stand at the polling stations wearing striped jerseys and masks with a bag of swag over their shoulders and "the faithful" will still vote them in. JohnON

10:25am Fri 27 Dec 13

hobroW says...

even Handing huge lumps of cash to con merchants who took advantage of the complete lack of supervision and governance within the abjectly poor Wirral Council management system.


Aye Aye I second that Hugo!! as would I suspect Mr Morton
even Handing huge lumps of cash to con merchants who took advantage of the complete lack of supervision and governance within the abjectly poor Wirral Council management system. Aye Aye I second that Hugo!! as would I suspect Mr Morton hobroW

11:40am Fri 27 Dec 13

bigfoot says...

hobroW wrote:
even Handing huge lumps of cash to con merchants who took advantage of the complete lack of supervision and governance within the abjectly poor Wirral Council management system.


Aye Aye I second that Hugo!! as would I suspect Mr Morton
Martin is more than capable,but I consider he is far too intelligent to even think about returning to 'Ali Baba and the 40 plus's cave.
[quote][p][bold]hobroW[/bold] wrote: even Handing huge lumps of cash to con merchants who took advantage of the complete lack of supervision and governance within the abjectly poor Wirral Council management system. Aye Aye I second that Hugo!! as would I suspect Mr Morton[/p][/quote]Martin is more than capable,but I consider he is far too intelligent to even think about returning to 'Ali Baba and the 40 plus's cave. bigfoot

5:52pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Hugo1008 says...

Message to "Keen Gardner" Yes it will keep being repeated until the wrongs are put right, all these parasites in power now and have been for a decade want, if for the likes of you to say its all water under the bridge.

What you should be doing is telling all and sundry the truth out loud and clear until the blessed bridge is no longer used to escape accountability by those who dragged Wirral into the depths of this continual disgrace and scandal.
Message to "Keen Gardner" Yes it will keep being repeated until the wrongs are put right, all these parasites in power now and have been for a decade want, if for the likes of you to say its all water under the bridge. What you should be doing is telling all and sundry the truth out loud and clear until the blessed bridge is no longer used to escape accountability by those who dragged Wirral into the depths of this continual disgrace and scandal. Hugo1008

8:34pm Fri 27 Dec 13

hobroW says...

Yea Yea We need a town crier to spell it out variously in all the wards UNTIL someone is held accountable.

It i a pain to have to repeat it all but it has to be repeated until enough people take it so to heart that punitive action follows.
Yea Yea We need a town crier to spell it out variously in all the wards UNTIL someone is held accountable. It i a pain to have to repeat it all but it has to be repeated until enough people take it so to heart that punitive action follows. hobroW

9:00pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Llamedos 1 says...

Keen Gardener, yes WBC and all its member clowns and upper management have been quite severely knocked for all the reasons well highlighted on this forum and to be quite honest numerous sensible suggestions for budget cutting have also been proposed but the pigs in their troughs are not interested in listening to the people they are supposed to represent. Hugo has suggested on numerous occasions and again here a reduction in the number of clowncillors per ward but that was naturally voted down by said clowncillors some time ago. One clowncillor per ward would save about £500,000. Doesnt sound a lot but it would have saved meals on wheels, Moreton Adult Training Centre, Lyndale speclal needs school and any number of other small projects scrapped by these bufoons. Getting shut of the whole bunch is I believe the only answer to save Wirral from further disasters but alas I totally agree with JohnOn that the majority of the Wirral electorate couldnt give a monkies. So we will keep on fighting on these pages to save the place in which we all live but it is looking very much like we need Che and Fidel to irradicate all the incompetent residents of Wallasey Clown Hall
Keen Gardener, yes WBC and all its member clowns and upper management have been quite severely knocked for all the reasons well highlighted on this forum and to be quite honest numerous sensible suggestions for budget cutting have also been proposed but the pigs in their troughs are not interested in listening to the people they are supposed to represent. Hugo has suggested on numerous occasions and again here a reduction in the number of clowncillors per ward but that was naturally voted down by said clowncillors some time ago. One clowncillor per ward would save about £500,000. Doesnt sound a lot but it would have saved meals on wheels, Moreton Adult Training Centre, Lyndale speclal needs school and any number of other small projects scrapped by these bufoons. Getting shut of the whole bunch is I believe the only answer to save Wirral from further disasters but alas I totally agree with JohnOn that the majority of the Wirral electorate couldnt give a monkies. So we will keep on fighting on these pages to save the place in which we all live but it is looking very much like we need Che and Fidel to irradicate all the incompetent residents of Wallasey Clown Hall Llamedos 1

2:50pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Wirralpleb says...

http://www.beacounci
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Become an Independent Councillor( link above) stand alone or as a new party no deposit to lose ,Talkers do things right,Leaders Do The Right Thing.
http://www.beacounci llor.org.uk/howto/in dependentorpolitical .htm Become an Independent Councillor( link above) stand alone or as a new party no deposit to lose ,Talkers do things right,Leaders Do The Right Thing. Wirralpleb

5:02pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Llamedos 1 says...

One or two independents will achieve nothing because the party political animals will hound them out and then they would be bullied by high ranking officers as the whistleblowers found out to their cost. Ten to twenty independents would frighten the life out of the political councillors but as has been noted before the apathy of the electorate will scupper any chance of change hence my plea for Che and Fidel.
One or two independents will achieve nothing because the party political animals will hound them out and then they would be bullied by high ranking officers as the whistleblowers found out to their cost. Ten to twenty independents would frighten the life out of the political councillors but as has been noted before the apathy of the electorate will scupper any chance of change hence my plea for Che and Fidel. Llamedos 1

8:07pm Sat 28 Dec 13

David Scott says...

The best chance of getting overdue new thinking into Wirral Council in 2014 will come from UKIP.
The best chance of getting overdue new thinking into Wirral Council in 2014 will come from UKIP. David Scott

9:18pm Sat 28 Dec 13

PaulCa says...

David Scott wrote:
The best chance of getting overdue new thinking into Wirral Council in 2014 will come from UKIP.
No chance. Couldn't think their way out of a paper bag.

Party politics is failing everybody and will do so again, no matter the colour of rosette. Further, UKIP is populated with extremist, jaded, verging on racist, has-beens, with little social conscience and even less to contribute towards fixing this broken society. (Broken by successive governments along with their rabidly compliant poodles in the national press; Sun, Star, Mail, Express, Torygraph, etc, etc.)
[quote][p][bold]David Scott[/bold] wrote: The best chance of getting overdue new thinking into Wirral Council in 2014 will come from UKIP.[/p][/quote]No chance. Couldn't think their way out of a paper bag. Party politics is failing everybody and will do so again, no matter the colour of rosette. Further, UKIP is populated with extremist, jaded, verging on racist, has-beens, with little social conscience and even less to contribute towards fixing this broken society. (Broken by successive governments along with their rabidly compliant poodles in the national press; Sun, Star, Mail, Express, Torygraph, etc, etc.) PaulCa

10:38pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Growl Tiger says...

David Scott is a UKIP contender. However, he doesn’t have a clue about or care about issues in his own road let alone issues Wirral wide.
David Scott is a UKIP contender. However, he doesn’t have a clue about or care about issues in his own road let alone issues Wirral wide. Growl Tiger

7:34am Sun 29 Dec 13

JohnON says...

Llamedos 1 wrote:
One or two independents will achieve nothing because the party political animals will hound them out and then they would be bullied by high ranking officers as the whistleblowers found out to their cost. Ten to twenty independents would frighten the life out of the political councillors but as has been noted before the apathy of the electorate will scupper any chance of change hence my plea for Che and Fidel.
With a turnout around 30% at the local elections, I agree there's a large chunk of apathy. But I think there's more to it than apathy alone.

Put simply, you don't bite the hand that feeds you - even when that hand is siphoning off a large part of the spoils for itself first.
[quote][p][bold]Llamedos 1[/bold] wrote: One or two independents will achieve nothing because the party political animals will hound them out and then they would be bullied by high ranking officers as the whistleblowers found out to their cost. Ten to twenty independents would frighten the life out of the political councillors but as has been noted before the apathy of the electorate will scupper any chance of change hence my plea for Che and Fidel.[/p][/quote]With a turnout around 30% at the local elections, I agree there's a large chunk of apathy. But I think there's more to it than apathy alone. Put simply, you don't bite the hand that feeds you - even when that hand is siphoning off a large part of the spoils for itself first. JohnON

7:22pm Sun 29 Dec 13

David Scott says...

Growl Tiger wrote:
David Scott is a UKIP contender. However, he doesn’t have a clue about or care about issues in his own road let alone issues Wirral wide.
Care to elucidate and justify this claim?
[quote][p][bold]Growl Tiger[/bold] wrote: David Scott is a UKIP contender. However, he doesn’t have a clue about or care about issues in his own road let alone issues Wirral wide.[/p][/quote]Care to elucidate and justify this claim? David Scott

7:30pm Sun 29 Dec 13

David Scott says...

PaulCa wrote:
David Scott wrote: The best chance of getting overdue new thinking into Wirral Council in 2014 will come from UKIP.
No chance. Couldn't think their way out of a paper bag. Party politics is failing everybody and will do so again, no matter the colour of rosette. Further, UKIP is populated with extremist, jaded, verging on racist, has-beens, with little social conscience and even less to contribute towards fixing this broken society. (Broken by successive governments along with their rabidly compliant poodles in the national press; Sun, Star, Mail, Express, Torygraph, etc, etc.)
And your plan?
[quote][p][bold]PaulCa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David Scott[/bold] wrote: The best chance of getting overdue new thinking into Wirral Council in 2014 will come from UKIP.[/p][/quote]No chance. Couldn't think their way out of a paper bag. Party politics is failing everybody and will do so again, no matter the colour of rosette. Further, UKIP is populated with extremist, jaded, verging on racist, has-beens, with little social conscience and even less to contribute towards fixing this broken society. (Broken by successive governments along with their rabidly compliant poodles in the national press; Sun, Star, Mail, Express, Torygraph, etc, etc.)[/p][/quote]And your plan? David Scott

8:16pm Sun 29 Dec 13

David Scott says...

Hugo1008 wrote:
There is one very simple action that could save Wirral Ratepayers in excess of one million pounds this year and every year for generations without impacting in any respect the Required Council Service. And that is just cut the number of elected Councilors from a bloated 66 to 20, divide the Wirral into six districts, each district vote on and elect three Peoples Representatives, not necessarily party political candidates, but individual reps that would be first and foremost looking after the interests of the local population. Then the electorate could elect a leader and a deputy for this body of local representation who's prime job would be to see the Normalisation of Pay . Pensions, and Conditions of Employment for the entire council and the services they supply with full accountability. The whole service not accountable to any Political Party Machine of any shape size or colour or belief or the political whips in Parliament, Or any Political Party that 90 percent of the population do not even belong to, but be fully accountable to the rate and tax payers who live and work in the Wirral Peninsular. Now that would be Democracy in its true meaning, at a fraction of the present cost.
I agree about cutting the number of councillors and I would favour much more direct democracy. But not sure that elected representatives can ever be non-political. Surely what is in the 'interests of the local population' is often contested.
[quote][p][bold]Hugo1008[/bold] wrote: There is one very simple action that could save Wirral Ratepayers in excess of one million pounds this year and every year for generations without impacting in any respect the Required Council Service. And that is just cut the number of elected Councilors from a bloated 66 to 20, divide the Wirral into six districts, each district vote on and elect three Peoples Representatives, not necessarily party political candidates, but individual reps that would be first and foremost looking after the interests of the local population. Then the electorate could elect a leader and a deputy for this body of local representation who's prime job would be to see the Normalisation of Pay . Pensions, and Conditions of Employment for the entire council and the services they supply with full accountability. The whole service not accountable to any Political Party Machine of any shape size or colour or belief or the political whips in Parliament, Or any Political Party that 90 percent of the population do not even belong to, but be fully accountable to the rate and tax payers who live and work in the Wirral Peninsular. Now that would be Democracy in its true meaning, at a fraction of the present cost.[/p][/quote]I agree about cutting the number of councillors and I would favour much more direct democracy. But not sure that elected representatives can ever be non-political. Surely what is in the 'interests of the local population' is often contested. David Scott

8:20pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Wirralpleb says...

PaulCa
All pretty negative thinking from all contributors,it would ppear there is no hope for anyone.
Perhaps we need to emigrate because nobody appears to have any answers only Labour Tory and Lib/Dems ,same old same old.
PaulCa All pretty negative thinking from all contributors,it would ppear there is no hope for anyone. Perhaps we need to emigrate because nobody appears to have any answers only Labour Tory and Lib/Dems ,same old same old. Wirralpleb

10:18pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Growl Tiger says...

David Scott wrote:
Growl Tiger wrote:
David Scott is a UKIP contender. However, he doesn’t have a clue about or care about issues in his own road let alone issues Wirral wide.
Care to elucidate and justify this claim?
If you don’t understand - then that says it all.
[quote][p][bold]David Scott[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Growl Tiger[/bold] wrote: David Scott is a UKIP contender. However, he doesn’t have a clue about or care about issues in his own road let alone issues Wirral wide.[/p][/quote]Care to elucidate and justify this claim?[/p][/quote]If you don’t understand - then that says it all. Growl Tiger

12:20am Mon 30 Dec 13

MDRyUK says...

It's Christmas and most people take it as the season of goodwill to all men BUT what about our Wirral Council members hey? What do we think of them? Fact is Wirral Council's decision making process is dominated by a cabinet system which is plainly not doing many of us who live and work on the Wirral any favours at all.

I do so hope that Councillor Phil Davies reads ALL the Reader's Comments from the Wirral Globe - I expect he does - I also make the assumption that other members of the Labour Group, Conservative Group (Leader - Councillor Jeff Green) and Lib Dem Group (Leader - Councillor Phil Gilchrist) do too. So here's the spin Phil, there are a number of people on the Wirral who really DO CARE what goes on at Wallasey Town Hall and aren't so naïve as to believe everything you (Councillor Phil Davies) care to tell us people of the Wirral Borough.
We all weren't born under a "gooseberry bush, Phil!", we all don't believe every word you tell us either, Phil, BUT I am trying to work out right now why I am wasting my time at just gone midnight writing this forum message that will probably only be read by a few hundred people online (if lucky). I suppose the reason might be down to MY own sheer frustration at the way in MY humble opinion SOME of our local politicians are letting US ALL down here on the Wirral. Because you know what I should be asleep right now instead of which I am continuing to ponder just what on earth motivates some of our local politicians because frankly, Phil, I DON'T KNOW!

Happy New Year 2014 to one and all.
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It's Christmas and most people take it as the season of goodwill to all men BUT what about our Wirral Council members hey? What do we think of them? Fact is Wirral Council's decision making process is dominated by a cabinet system which is plainly not doing many of us who live and work on the Wirral any favours at all. I do so hope that Councillor Phil Davies reads ALL the Reader's Comments from the Wirral Globe - I expect he does - I also make the assumption that other members of the Labour Group, Conservative Group (Leader - Councillor Jeff Green) and Lib Dem Group (Leader - Councillor Phil Gilchrist) do too. So here's the spin Phil, there are a number of people on the Wirral who really DO CARE what goes on at Wallasey Town Hall and aren't so naïve as to believe everything you (Councillor Phil Davies) care to tell us people of the Wirral Borough. We all weren't born under a "gooseberry bush, Phil!", we all don't believe every word you tell us either, Phil, BUT I am trying to work out right now why I am wasting my time at just gone midnight writing this forum message that will probably only be read by a few hundred people online (if lucky). I suppose the reason might be down to MY own sheer frustration at the way in MY humble opinion SOME of our local politicians are letting US ALL down here on the Wirral. Because you know what I should be asleep right now instead of which I am continuing to ponder just what on earth motivates some of our local politicians because frankly, Phil, I DON'T KNOW! Happy New Year 2014 to one and all. - 0 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 MDRyUK

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