Wirral Council criticised for £700m liability

Wirral Globe: Wirral Council criticised for £700m liability Wirral Council criticised for £700m liability

COUNCIL chiefs have defended their money management after it was revealed the authority has more than £700 million of liabilities.

Campaign group the Taxpayers’ Alliance released figures on councils’ liabilities on Thursday, which include long-term loans and pension scheme deficits.

The figures show that in 2012/13, Wirral Council had liabilities of £750 million and borrowing of £214 million – or £699 per head of population.

But Wirral Council says the authority has improved on its financial position since last year, with liabilities for 2013/14 down to £640 million.

Joe Blott, strategic director for transformation and resource, told the Globe: “The figures released refer to 2012/13. Since then we have seen a big improvement in the authority’s financial position, achieving a balanced budget at year end.

“For 2013/14, the council’s liabilities were £640m and assets were £695m. We have reduced our pension liability, which made up more than half of 2012/13’s figures, by £120m, following the regular three-yearly external revaluation.

“We will however continue to review our assets, with the aim of releasing those deemed surplus to requirements to generate capital receipts. In some cases we are reinvesting in improvements to buildings and infrastructure, to keep the need to borrow to a minimum.

“We are pleased that we have improved our financial position, however in meeting the costs of providing day-to-day services, the council continues to face major challenges due to reductions in government grant.”

Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, condemned what his organisation saw as a nationwide trend to postpone financial problems.

He said: “It is nothing short of immoral for councils to pile further debt on the next generation.

“Britain’s public finances are in real trouble and local authorities can no longer avoid tough choices by putting the bill on taxpayers’ credit card.

“Councils must look again at overgenerous pensions and wage a war on waste, or Britain’s debt burden may soon become too heavy to bear.”

The Local Government Association, which represents councils across the country, called the report “misleading”.

A spokesman said: “Unlike central government, council’s can’t borrow money to meet their day-to-day running costs.

“Instead, council borrowing is used to meet the cost of long-term investments, such as key infrastructure projects including new schools and transport links, which ensure taxpayers are able to continue benefitting from high quality services.”

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1:45pm Fri 27 Jun 14

bigfoot says...

This is not news many people already know about the financial mismanagement. Mr Blott can only blame history,he should get a grip on reality!
This is not news many people already know about the financial mismanagement. Mr Blott can only blame history,he should get a grip on reality! bigfoot
  • Score: 13

2:08pm Fri 27 Jun 14

nivekd says...

He is a Blott on the landscape. Don't believe a word this lot say. Just look who's behind them. They are not friends of Wirral residents OR taxpayers. http://www.taxpayers
alliance.org/about/t
pa
He is a Blott on the landscape. Don't believe a word this lot say. Just look who's behind them. They are not friends of Wirral residents OR taxpayers. http://www.taxpayers alliance.org/about/t pa nivekd
  • Score: 7

2:12pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Growl Tiger says...

It’s the same old, same old. Once again evidence shows that someone clearly wasn’t doing their job efficiently in 2012, but was anyone held accountable? Absolutely not!
It’s the same old, same old. Once again evidence shows that someone clearly wasn’t doing their job efficiently in 2012, but was anyone held accountable? Absolutely not! Growl Tiger
  • Score: 13

2:54pm Fri 27 Jun 14

WirralAl says...

Who was in charge of the Council when all this happened ??

Where they held responsible?

What was the punishment ?

How much of all that money was paid to the Senior Officers Pension funds?

Same old crap. They make sure a mess of this council and we the Council tax payers have to pick up the bill.

Being made a Mayor when you have failed the people of Wirral is a joke. It could only happen on the Wirral.

These are supposed to be professional people and they prove that they have not got a clue.
Who was in charge of the Council when all this happened ?? Where they held responsible? What was the punishment ? How much of all that money was paid to the Senior Officers Pension funds? Same old crap. They make sure a mess of this council and we the Council tax payers have to pick up the bill. Being made a Mayor when you have failed the people of Wirral is a joke. It could only happen on the Wirral. These are supposed to be professional people and they prove that they have not got a clue. WirralAl
  • Score: 14

4:07pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Growl Tiger says...

Meanwhile another ex-member of our wonderful council who left WBC’s employment with no case to answer and a cool £146,000 is doing really quite nicely thank you in rural Herefordshire. I quote from today’s Hereford Times.

“HEREFORDSHIRE Council has created a new £90,000 a year role.
That new role revises the grading and job title of solicitor to the council to Assistant Director, Governance.

The council says the post and its £90,000 salary reflects changes in the role and its responsibilities.

The role of solicitor to the council, currently held by Bill Norman, has, over the past six months, taken on a range of additional responsibilities, most recently HR and organisation development management. Re-grading to Assistant Director level is said by the council to recognise the additional responsibilities.”
Meanwhile another ex-member of our wonderful council who left WBC’s employment with no case to answer and a cool £146,000 is doing really quite nicely thank you in rural Herefordshire. I quote from today’s Hereford Times. “HEREFORDSHIRE Council has created a new £90,000 a year role. That new role revises the grading and job title of solicitor to the council to Assistant Director, Governance. The council says the post and its £90,000 salary reflects changes in the role and its responsibilities. The role of solicitor to the council, currently held by Bill Norman, has, over the past six months, taken on a range of additional responsibilities, most recently HR and organisation development management. Re-grading to Assistant Director level is said by the council to recognise the additional responsibilities.” Growl Tiger
  • Score: 8

4:13pm Fri 27 Jun 14

PaulCa says...

Strange beasts. The Tax Payers' Alliance may be spot on with the bean-counting, but when it comes to the provision of public services for the vulnerable amongst us, they're happy for it to be eroded, outsourced and privatised, and will show little concern.

Tell them about Council-led disability discrimination or abuse, and they won't bat an eyelid, but tell them a few quid's gone missing and they'll start foaming at the mouth.
Strange beasts. The Tax Payers' Alliance may be spot on with the bean-counting, but when it comes to the provision of public services for the vulnerable amongst us, they're happy for it to be eroded, outsourced and privatised, and will show little concern. Tell them about Council-led disability discrimination or abuse, and they won't bat an eyelid, but tell them a few quid's gone missing and they'll start foaming at the mouth. PaulCa
  • Score: 10

4:24pm Fri 27 Jun 14

PaulCa says...

Growl Tiger wrote:
Meanwhile another ex-member of our wonderful council who left WBC’s employment with no case to answer and a cool £146,000 is doing really quite nicely thank you in rural Herefordshire. I quote from today’s Hereford Times.

“HEREFORDSHIRE Council has created a new £90,000 a year role.
That new role revises the grading and job title of solicitor to the council to Assistant Director, Governance.

The council says the post and its £90,000 salary reflects changes in the role and its responsibilities.

The role of solicitor to the council, currently held by Bill Norman, has, over the past six months, taken on a range of additional responsibilities, most recently HR and organisation development management. Re-grading to Assistant Director level is said by the council to recognise the additional responsibilities.”
Bill Norman's still locked in "abusive Wirral Council mode", mopping up, after a number of Herefordshire disabled employees were bullied and paid off, and the senior officers who did the bullying were moved along and paid off, and a blanket was thrown over the whole affair.

The Information Commissioner is now refusing to investigate the untruths that were provided in an attempt to fob off the maker of this Freedom of Information request:

http://goo.gl/8f9eiM


Nasty business. I suppose he might argue that he works hard for his nigh on six figure salary.
[quote][p][bold]Growl Tiger[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile another ex-member of our wonderful council who left WBC’s employment with no case to answer and a cool £146,000 is doing really quite nicely thank you in rural Herefordshire. I quote from today’s Hereford Times. “HEREFORDSHIRE Council has created a new £90,000 a year role. That new role revises the grading and job title of solicitor to the council to Assistant Director, Governance. The council says the post and its £90,000 salary reflects changes in the role and its responsibilities. The role of solicitor to the council, currently held by Bill Norman, has, over the past six months, taken on a range of additional responsibilities, most recently HR and organisation development management. Re-grading to Assistant Director level is said by the council to recognise the additional responsibilities.”[/p][/quote]Bill Norman's still locked in "abusive Wirral Council mode", mopping up, after a number of Herefordshire disabled employees were bullied and paid off, and the senior officers who did the bullying were moved along and paid off, and a blanket was thrown over the whole affair. The Information Commissioner is now refusing to investigate the untruths that were provided in an attempt to fob off the maker of this Freedom of Information request: http://goo.gl/8f9eiM Nasty business. I suppose he might argue that he works hard for his nigh on six figure salary. PaulCa
  • Score: 7

6:00pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Joeblogg85 says...

PaulCa wrote:
Growl Tiger wrote:
Meanwhile another ex-member of our wonderful council who left WBC’s employment with no case to answer and a cool £146,000 is doing really quite nicely thank you in rural Herefordshire. I quote from today’s Hereford Times.

“HEREFORDSHIRE Council has created a new £90,000 a year role.
That new role revises the grading and job title of solicitor to the council to Assistant Director, Governance.

The council says the post and its £90,000 salary reflects changes in the role and its responsibilities.

The role of solicitor to the council, currently held by Bill Norman, has, over the past six months, taken on a range of additional responsibilities, most recently HR and organisation development management. Re-grading to Assistant Director level is said by the council to recognise the additional responsibilities.”
Bill Norman's still locked in "abusive Wirral Council mode", mopping up, after a number of Herefordshire disabled employees were bullied and paid off, and the senior officers who did the bullying were moved along and paid off, and a blanket was thrown over the whole affair.

The Information Commissioner is now refusing to investigate the untruths that were provided in an attempt to fob off the maker of this Freedom of Information request:

http://goo.gl/8f9eiM



Nasty business. I suppose he might argue that he works hard for his nigh on six figure salary.
What can you say about Bill Norman. Had dealings with this fellow. Never met anyone with less backbone. He has left two Councils with a barrow load of cash and yet still somehow manages to get another top job. How do people like him manage to get on in life. It's beyond me. He even managed to get Wirral to pay his legal costs.
[quote][p][bold]PaulCa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Growl Tiger[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile another ex-member of our wonderful council who left WBC’s employment with no case to answer and a cool £146,000 is doing really quite nicely thank you in rural Herefordshire. I quote from today’s Hereford Times. “HEREFORDSHIRE Council has created a new £90,000 a year role. That new role revises the grading and job title of solicitor to the council to Assistant Director, Governance. The council says the post and its £90,000 salary reflects changes in the role and its responsibilities. The role of solicitor to the council, currently held by Bill Norman, has, over the past six months, taken on a range of additional responsibilities, most recently HR and organisation development management. Re-grading to Assistant Director level is said by the council to recognise the additional responsibilities.”[/p][/quote]Bill Norman's still locked in "abusive Wirral Council mode", mopping up, after a number of Herefordshire disabled employees were bullied and paid off, and the senior officers who did the bullying were moved along and paid off, and a blanket was thrown over the whole affair. The Information Commissioner is now refusing to investigate the untruths that were provided in an attempt to fob off the maker of this Freedom of Information request: http://goo.gl/8f9eiM Nasty business. I suppose he might argue that he works hard for his nigh on six figure salary.[/p][/quote]What can you say about Bill Norman. Had dealings with this fellow. Never met anyone with less backbone. He has left two Councils with a barrow load of cash and yet still somehow manages to get another top job. How do people like him manage to get on in life. It's beyond me. He even managed to get Wirral to pay his legal costs. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 6

7:02pm Fri 27 Jun 14

spamfiend says...

The wording Wirral and Liability in the same sentence no longer surprise me
The wording Wirral and Liability in the same sentence no longer surprise me spamfiend
  • Score: 4

10:07pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Growl Tiger says...

Have left this comment on the Hereford Times web site:

Before joining Herefordshire Council Mr Norman left employment with Wirral Borough Council with “no case to answer” following 12 months suspension on full pay and a £146,000 “redundancy package”. In pursuit of his career he does seem to soak up an awful lot of tax payers’ money.
Have left this comment on the Hereford Times web site: Before joining Herefordshire Council Mr Norman left employment with Wirral Borough Council with “no case to answer” following 12 months suspension on full pay and a £146,000 “redundancy package”. In pursuit of his career he does seem to soak up an awful lot of tax payers’ money. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 8

11:36pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Growl Tiger says...

Joebloggs - thanks for following the thread down to Herefordshire - the people there are equally p***** off too with their council just as we are - the last thing they needed was a money soaking noodle from Wirral.
Amazing how these "important" people move from one county to another collecting payments. It's as though they use their legal skills purely to benefit their own careers - surely not!
Joebloggs - thanks for following the thread down to Herefordshire - the people there are equally p***** off too with their council just as we are - the last thing they needed was a money soaking noodle from Wirral. Amazing how these "important" people move from one county to another collecting payments. It's as though they use their legal skills purely to benefit their own careers - surely not! Growl Tiger
  • Score: 7

11:28am Sat 28 Jun 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Growl Tiger wrote:
Have left this comment on the Hereford Times web site:

Before joining Herefordshire Council Mr Norman left employment with Wirral Borough Council with “no case to answer” following 12 months suspension on full pay and a £146,000 “redundancy package”. In pursuit of his career he does seem to soak up an awful lot of tax payers’ money.
I remember an incident with Norman where a certain senior officer offered him some hearsay evidence that could not be supported. Even though he agreed this should not be accepted as evidence he still went on to quote it in support of his decision! The senior officer just completely manipulated him. He was supposed to be the Head of Legal and was the weakest example I have ever seen. The man is weak as p&ss.
[quote][p][bold]Growl Tiger[/bold] wrote: Have left this comment on the Hereford Times web site: Before joining Herefordshire Council Mr Norman left employment with Wirral Borough Council with “no case to answer” following 12 months suspension on full pay and a £146,000 “redundancy package”. In pursuit of his career he does seem to soak up an awful lot of tax payers’ money.[/p][/quote]I remember an incident with Norman where a certain senior officer offered him some hearsay evidence that could not be supported. Even though he agreed this should not be accepted as evidence he still went on to quote it in support of his decision! The senior officer just completely manipulated him. He was supposed to be the Head of Legal and was the weakest example I have ever seen. The man is weak as p&ss. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 5

6:41pm Wed 2 Jul 14

naughtykitties says...

I might pay more attention to these claims if they weren't coming from the Taxdodgers Alliance.
I might pay more attention to these claims if they weren't coming from the Taxdodgers Alliance. naughtykitties
  • Score: 0

2:17pm Fri 4 Jul 14

kevin casey says...

Same old war cry. Money to be saved. Staff under threat of redundencies
But no councillors. Jobs under threat. They are responsible for this mess in the first place. And still 66. Wastes of space still in office. Just watch the swing to ukip in the general elections. !!!!!!!?
Same old war cry. Money to be saved. Staff under threat of redundencies But no councillors. Jobs under threat. They are responsible for this mess in the first place. And still 66. Wastes of space still in office. Just watch the swing to ukip in the general elections. !!!!!!!? kevin casey
  • Score: 2

11:21am Mon 14 Jul 14

Hugo1008 says...

If I am In debt to the tune of £700 quid due to the WBC disgraceful Management and Governance, the somebody should be answerable for this abject poor handling of the public purse, right here in Wirral.

I also see the mentions of Bill Norman, I stated a long time ago that to equate that name with anything legal is a complete misnomer.

Little wonder that Wirral Borough Council still holds the National Title of the worst managed and Governed local authority in the entire British Isles, now that is some achievement.
Wirral has topped that off with the most unpopular person to be elected Mayor in its entire history, and that is thanks to the most useless bunch of parasites that sit on the Council Cabinet, aided and abetted by a complete set of nodding dogs in the Council Chambers.
Mercy help us, still some numpties out there will vote for them.
If I am In debt to the tune of £700 quid due to the WBC disgraceful Management and Governance, the somebody should be answerable for this abject poor handling of the public purse, right here in Wirral. I also see the mentions of Bill Norman, I stated a long time ago that to equate that name with anything legal is a complete misnomer. Little wonder that Wirral Borough Council still holds the National Title of the worst managed and Governed local authority in the entire British Isles, now that is some achievement. Wirral has topped that off with the most unpopular person to be elected Mayor in its entire history, and that is thanks to the most useless bunch of parasites that sit on the Council Cabinet, aided and abetted by a complete set of nodding dogs in the Council Chambers. Mercy help us, still some numpties out there will vote for them. Hugo1008
  • Score: 2

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