Cash-strapped council slammed after sending bosses to seaside conference

Wirral Globe: Chief executive Graham Burgess. Chief executive Graham Burgess.

WIRRAL council has come under fire once more for its spending habits after it was revealed council bosses jetted off to a conference in Bournemouth at a cost of £5,000.

Three councillors and two senior officers travelled to the south coast for the Local Government Association (LGA) conference.

The cash-strapped authority, which has been criticised for recently for spending £17,000 on refurbishing members toilets in Wallasey town hall – spent £5,258.72 on flying four of the five to Bournemouth

Visiting the conference was council chief executive Graham Burgess, council leader Phil Davies, deputy leader George Davies, Liberal Democrat Alan Brighouse and the council’s strategic director Joe Blott.

The council said the flights cost £139.18 for three of them and £124.18 for the fourth – cheaper than the standard train rate of £169 return.

The fifth member of the delegation travelled to Bournemouth by train using a pensioner’s discount.

Graham Burgess has defended the spending, insisting it allowed them to “showcase Wirral’s achievements and good practice” on a national platform.

Wallasey Conservative Cllr Paul Hayes has slammed the decision to travel to Bournemouth – which also included a £495 conference fee per delegate and hotel accommodation.

He said: “This is a council which continues to blame the Government for having to make cuts to services and staff yet it finds the funds to pay for labour councillors to jet off to a conference at the seaside.

“What does this say about the priorities of this council? Especially at a time when veteran's services are being cut, the Lyndale School is threatened with closure and there is the threat of forced redundancies for hard working staff."

Mr Burgess said: “The LGA Conference brings together people involved in local government from all over the country and from all political parties. The vast majority of local authorities – including those from all of the other Councils that make up the Liverpool City Region – are represented here.

“The conference programme is always of direct relevance to what is happening in local government, gives us an opportunity to hear and respond to latest government policy and also gives us an opportunity to showcase Wirral’s achievements and good practice on this national platform. We have kept both our attendance and resulting costs to a minimum.”

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5:46pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Ha ha ha ha ha, stop it! Ha ha ha ha, please stop it!

To "Showcase Wirral's achievements and good practice" on a national platform.

Ha ha ha ha, it's not April fool again already is it?

Stop calling me Shirley ha ha ha ha. How much does this man earn a year?
Ha ha ha ha ha, stop it! Ha ha ha ha, please stop it! To "Showcase Wirral's achievements and good practice" on a national platform. Ha ha ha ha, it's not April fool again already is it? Stop calling me Shirley ha ha ha ha. How much does this man earn a year? Joeblogg85
  • Score: 20

9:15pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Hugo1008 says...

I do wish Graham Burgess would tell the population of Wirral, just what he and the rest of the Senior Employed Managers have achieved that is so good for the local population.
It would be a complete waste of time asking Phil Davies what the 66 elected councilors have achieved other than the title of the worst governed local authority in the history of Wirral, regardless of any Party Politics.
I do wish Graham Burgess would tell the population of Wirral, just what he and the rest of the Senior Employed Managers have achieved that is so good for the local population. It would be a complete waste of time asking Phil Davies what the 66 elected councilors have achieved other than the title of the worst governed local authority in the history of Wirral, regardless of any Party Politics. Hugo1008
  • Score: 16

11:51pm Thu 10 Jul 14

bigfoot says...

The problem Is they come back!
The problem Is they come back! bigfoot
  • Score: 18

8:26am Fri 11 Jul 14

WirralAl says...

Joeblogg85 wrote:
Ha ha ha ha ha, stop it! Ha ha ha ha, please stop it!

To "Showcase Wirral's achievements and good practice" on a national platform.

Ha ha ha ha, it's not April fool again already is it?

Stop calling me Shirley ha ha ha ha. How much does this man earn a year?
These clowns are totally unbelievable.

Who are they trying the kid?

Wirral is falling back into the dark ages while these plonkers have actually convinced themselves that they have done a great job. What they have done for years is totally unbelievable. They have made a few changes to a totally failing council and senior offices that are no more than bullies and dictators hell bent in lining their own pockets and abusing there position. Wasted Millions and Millions it is simply unbelievable.

This coupled with the fact the industrial and commercial areas of the Wirral are becoming ghost towns.

They have no vision what so ever.

Soon they will all be sipping bubbly with the Mayor at the Open all patting themselves on the back saying what a great job they are doing.

More rewards for TOTAL FAILURE OF THIS COUNCIL, ITS 66 COUNCILLORS AND THE SENIOR OFFICERS AND LETS NOT FORGET THE RED FACED (and rightly so) MAYOR of Who Bloody Cares Council.


When will it ever end??
[quote][p][bold]Joeblogg85[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha ha ha, stop it! Ha ha ha ha, please stop it! To "Showcase Wirral's achievements and good practice" on a national platform. Ha ha ha ha, it's not April fool again already is it? Stop calling me Shirley ha ha ha ha. How much does this man earn a year?[/p][/quote]These clowns are totally unbelievable. Who are they trying the kid? Wirral is falling back into the dark ages while these plonkers have actually convinced themselves that they have done a great job. What they have done for years is totally unbelievable. They have made a few changes to a totally failing council and senior offices that are no more than bullies and dictators hell bent in lining their own pockets and abusing there position. Wasted Millions and Millions it is simply unbelievable. This coupled with the fact the industrial and commercial areas of the Wirral are becoming ghost towns. They have no vision what so ever. Soon they will all be sipping bubbly with the Mayor at the Open all patting themselves on the back saying what a great job they are doing. More rewards for TOTAL FAILURE OF THIS COUNCIL, ITS 66 COUNCILLORS AND THE SENIOR OFFICERS AND LETS NOT FORGET THE RED FACED (and rightly so) MAYOR of Who Bloody Cares Council. When will it ever end?? WirralAl
  • Score: 14

8:50am Fri 11 Jul 14

Growl Tiger says...

CEO Burgess says they went to the LGA conference to “Showcase Wirral’s achievements and good practice” on a national platform. Perhaps it would make more sense to first tell the people of Wirral what these achievements and good practice are.

I have noticed that the Captain’s Blog on the Star ship Wirral Enterprise is still showing Stardate 10 April - Destination Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Has our commanding officer’s Blog recorder malfunctioned beyond repair or is he too busy planning his next doomed mission?
CEO Burgess says they went to the LGA conference to “Showcase Wirral’s achievements and good practice” on a national platform. Perhaps it would make more sense to first tell the people of Wirral what these achievements and good practice are. I have noticed that the Captain’s Blog on the Star ship Wirral Enterprise is still showing Stardate 10 April - Destination Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Has our commanding officer’s Blog recorder malfunctioned beyond repair or is he too busy planning his next doomed mission? Growl Tiger
  • Score: 12

12:40pm Fri 11 Jul 14

PaulCa says...

WirralAl wrote:
Joeblogg85 wrote:
Ha ha ha ha ha, stop it! Ha ha ha ha, please stop it!

To "Showcase Wirral's achievements and good practice" on a national platform.

Ha ha ha ha, it's not April fool again already is it?

Stop calling me Shirley ha ha ha ha. How much does this man earn a year?
These clowns are totally unbelievable.

Who are they trying the kid?

Wirral is falling back into the dark ages while these plonkers have actually convinced themselves that they have done a great job. What they have done for years is totally unbelievable. They have made a few changes to a totally failing council and senior offices that are no more than bullies and dictators hell bent in lining their own pockets and abusing there position. Wasted Millions and Millions it is simply unbelievable.

This coupled with the fact the industrial and commercial areas of the Wirral are becoming ghost towns.

They have no vision what so ever.

Soon they will all be sipping bubbly with the Mayor at the Open all patting themselves on the back saying what a great job they are doing.

More rewards for TOTAL FAILURE OF THIS COUNCIL, ITS 66 COUNCILLORS AND THE SENIOR OFFICERS AND LETS NOT FORGET THE RED FACED (and rightly so) MAYOR of Who Bloody Cares Council.


When will it ever end??
65 councillors.

Definitely 65.

Progress, however slow...
[quote][p][bold]WirralAl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joeblogg85[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha ha ha, stop it! Ha ha ha ha, please stop it! To "Showcase Wirral's achievements and good practice" on a national platform. Ha ha ha ha, it's not April fool again already is it? Stop calling me Shirley ha ha ha ha. How much does this man earn a year?[/p][/quote]These clowns are totally unbelievable. Who are they trying the kid? Wirral is falling back into the dark ages while these plonkers have actually convinced themselves that they have done a great job. What they have done for years is totally unbelievable. They have made a few changes to a totally failing council and senior offices that are no more than bullies and dictators hell bent in lining their own pockets and abusing there position. Wasted Millions and Millions it is simply unbelievable. This coupled with the fact the industrial and commercial areas of the Wirral are becoming ghost towns. They have no vision what so ever. Soon they will all be sipping bubbly with the Mayor at the Open all patting themselves on the back saying what a great job they are doing. More rewards for TOTAL FAILURE OF THIS COUNCIL, ITS 66 COUNCILLORS AND THE SENIOR OFFICERS AND LETS NOT FORGET THE RED FACED (and rightly so) MAYOR of Who Bloody Cares Council. When will it ever end??[/p][/quote]65 councillors. Definitely 65. Progress, however slow... PaulCa
  • Score: 3

12:51pm Fri 11 Jul 14

hobroW says...

Showcase! Showcase! What trophies are these to showcase?

Are those trophies perchance LGA awards for innovation for which an short essay is submitted which then allows Regeneration department to add the logo "winners of...etc"
Showcase! Showcase! What trophies are these to showcase? Are those trophies perchance LGA awards for innovation for which an short essay is submitted which then allows Regeneration department to add the logo "winners of...etc" hobroW
  • Score: 6

12:57pm Fri 11 Jul 14

hobroW says...

http://www.local.gov
.uk/c/document_libra
ry/get_file?uuid=df3
2399a-fd0c-445f-981f
-fc7503ee6acc&groupI
d=10180

read the 9 pages of this to see it is sufficient to assert what you hasve done in order to be awarded a prizes and ...omit what has gone drastically awry
http://www.local.gov .uk/c/document_libra ry/get_file?uuid=df3 2399a-fd0c-445f-981f -fc7503ee6acc&groupI d=10180 read the 9 pages of this to see it is sufficient to assert what you hasve done in order to be awarded a prizes and ...omit what has gone drastically awry hobroW
  • Score: 4

1:00pm Fri 11 Jul 14

woodcutter 56 says...

The transport costs are reasonable but where did the other £4500 go ?
The transport costs are reasonable but where did the other £4500 go ? woodcutter 56
  • Score: 8

1:07pm Fri 11 Jul 14

PaulCa says...

Let's showcase our superior brand of hypocrisy...

The LGA have much to learn about ducking, diving, dissembling, dodging and deviating.

...sums it up really.

http://goo.gl/zAMQDY
Let's showcase our superior brand of hypocrisy... The LGA have much to learn about ducking, diving, dissembling, dodging and deviating. ...sums it up really. http://goo.gl/zAMQDY PaulCa
  • Score: 5

1:20pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Growl Tiger says...

They’re reading these postings as I note the Super Duper Director of Down Thumbing has been on her again!
They’re reading these postings as I note the Super Duper Director of Down Thumbing has been on her again! Growl Tiger
  • Score: 5

5:11pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Are you lot blind......what about the fantastic open golf tournament they have to showcase. They can showcase the traffic chaos centred around Hoylake and West Kirby when specialist transport is trying to get disabled people home. They can showcase the wonderful clean, bin-less streets around Hoylake and West Kirby. They can show off their Open entrance tickets.......cynica
l, certainly yes there may well be a good income but who will benefit.....will they keep Lyndale open, will they re-open closed day centres, will the bring back meals on wheels....of course the wont but they will spend our money on their little clown hall luxuries
Are you lot blind......what about the fantastic open golf tournament they have to showcase. They can showcase the traffic chaos centred around Hoylake and West Kirby when specialist transport is trying to get disabled people home. They can showcase the wonderful clean, bin-less streets around Hoylake and West Kirby. They can show off their Open entrance tickets.......cynica l, certainly yes there may well be a good income but who will benefit.....will they keep Lyndale open, will they re-open closed day centres, will the bring back meals on wheels....of course the wont but they will spend our money on their little clown hall luxuries Llamedos 1
  • Score: 3

4:26pm Sat 26 Jul 14

colindyas says...

In my view senior council leaders attending events like this is legitimate. Whilst conference fees are fixed, expenses are not. So were these reasonable & were they mitigated?
Hotels, food, transport are fair costs, but courtesy cars, supplemental expenses, overnight duty, attendance allowance, & taxis, may not be.
And did five people really need to be there? A private business would send 1 or 2 people & weigh this against lost income & catch up time.
Public servants forget that their remunerations comes from private sector taxes. Hence the offence caused by their being profligate and misrepresenting themselves as VIP's. And when I phone senior officers I am amazed by their unavailability due to holidays. They're to pampered.
Cameron is vaguely right on this. We need to cut the fat.
In my view senior council leaders attending events like this is legitimate. Whilst conference fees are fixed, expenses are not. So were these reasonable & were they mitigated? Hotels, food, transport are fair costs, but courtesy cars, supplemental expenses, overnight duty, attendance allowance, & taxis, may not be. And did five people really need to be there? A private business would send 1 or 2 people & weigh this against lost income & catch up time. Public servants forget that their remunerations comes from private sector taxes. Hence the offence caused by their being profligate and misrepresenting themselves as VIP's. And when I phone senior officers I am amazed by their unavailability due to holidays. They're to pampered. Cameron is vaguely right on this. We need to cut the fat. colindyas
  • Score: 0
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