Wirral Council leader recognised after helping Wirral to become 'the fastest improving council' in country

Cllr Phil Davies.

Cllr Phil Davies.

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THE leader of Wirral Council has been selected to join the Local Government Association’s (LGA) national Improvement and Innovation Board.

Councillor Phil Davies – who is also chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority – was selected in recognition of the work he has led to make Wirral the “fastest improving council” in the country.

He will be part of overseeing LGA support to local authorities aimed at raising standards of performance and enhancing relationships with key central bodies.

Objectives of the board include challenging poor performance in councils and supporting them to improve as well as maximising opportunities from new governance and funding proposals such as local area agreements and local public service boards.

Board members also play a key role in influencing the performance framework within which local government operates to achieve greater self-regulation.

Cllr Davies said: “Wirral Council has made significant progress in the past couple of years with the support of the LGA. The pace of improvements here has been the fastest in the country when compared to other local authorities in similar situations so I believe I have a lot to contribute to the work of the Board.

“It is vital that local government is represented at a national level and this is a great platform to raise the profile of Wirral and the wider City Region and support other Councils by sharing our experiences. Importantly, it also provides an opportunity to learn from what other local authorities are doing and use that knowledge to benefit our area.”

Wirral Council came under fire earlier this month for its spending habits after it was revealed council bosses – including Cllr Davies – jetted off to the LGA conference in Bournemouth at a cost of £5,000.

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

Visiting the conference with Cllr Davies was chief executive Graham Burgess, deputy council 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.

At the time, Graham Burgess said the trip allowed them to “showcase Wirral’s achievements and good practice” on a national platform.

He said: 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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10:36am Thu 31 Jul 14

David Scott says...

The easiest way to be the 'fastest improving' anything is to be really bad in the first place.
The easiest way to be the 'fastest improving' anything is to be really bad in the first place. David Scott
  • Score: 15

10:38am Thu 31 Jul 14

Cheesy Peas says...

Hilarious.

Just hilarious.
Hilarious. Just hilarious. Cheesy Peas
  • Score: 14

10:41am Thu 31 Jul 14

Growl Tiger says...

This Council has just spent £17,320 of our money on tickets for councillors and senior officers for The Open Golf Championship. Over seventeen thousand pounds on a few days jaunt. That doesn’t include refreshments or travel or no doubt the claiming of other “expenses”.

The one thing WBC can showcase is how to cut services so they can spend money on themselves.
This Council has just spent £17,320 of our money on tickets for councillors and senior officers for The Open Golf Championship. Over seventeen thousand pounds on a few days jaunt. That doesn’t include refreshments or travel or no doubt the claiming of other “expenses”. The one thing WBC can showcase is how to cut services so they can spend money on themselves. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 17

10:59am Thu 31 Jul 14

Cheesy Peas says...

Only the self-serving LGA - staffed by talentless local government wonks - could come up with such nonsense as "fastest improving council".

By what margin? How is this measured? And by whom? Other useless council leaders and "chief executives"?

"Fastest improving council" is another way of saying "cannot possibly get any worse (er, can it?)".
Only the self-serving LGA - staffed by talentless local government wonks - could come up with such nonsense as "fastest improving council". By what margin? How is this measured? And by whom? Other useless council leaders and "chief executives"? "Fastest improving council" is another way of saying "cannot possibly get any worse (er, can it?)". Cheesy Peas
  • Score: 12

11:16am Thu 31 Jul 14

WirralAl says...

UNBELIEVABLE!!

The council which was on the edge of collapse and lead to the brink by a shower of self important bullies leading to bankruptcy, threats, numerous (too many to list) failures which lead to millions of pounds being wasted. Generally a total failure is now to be rewarded by the people who they had to bring in to to resolve the numerous issues.

MORE REWARDS FOR FAILURE!!!

The council has slashed services all over the place.

They still waste our money on what ever they see fit and without any rational or thought.

Wirral is still drifting along in the dark ages. Look at recent events in Liverpool and what they have done in the last 10 years and look at the Wirral! Hello??

First they make Steve Foul kus Mayor for leading the council to the brink of collapse now they give them all a pat on the back to say well done.

Meanwhile more real workers told they will lose their jobs!

More money spent on the Town Hall even without planning permission!

Free Golf for the councillors and senior officers.

REWARDS FOR FAILURE YET AGAIN.

HILARIOUS ? It's a JOKE!!
UNBELIEVABLE!! The council which was on the edge of collapse and lead to the brink by a shower of self important bullies leading to bankruptcy, threats, numerous (too many to list) failures which lead to millions of pounds being wasted. Generally a total failure is now to be rewarded by the people who they had to bring in to to resolve the numerous issues. MORE REWARDS FOR FAILURE!!! The council has slashed services all over the place. They still waste our money on what ever they see fit and without any rational or thought. Wirral is still drifting along in the dark ages. Look at recent events in Liverpool and what they have done in the last 10 years and look at the Wirral! Hello?? First they make Steve Foul kus Mayor for leading the council to the brink of collapse now they give them all a pat on the back to say well done. Meanwhile more real workers told they will lose their jobs! More money spent on the Town Hall even without planning permission! Free Golf for the councillors and senior officers. REWARDS FOR FAILURE YET AGAIN. HILARIOUS ? It's a JOKE!! WirralAl
  • Score: 16

11:18am Thu 31 Jul 14

Llamedos 1 says...

The LGA have surpassed themselves this time, what an absolute joke.....
all cronies in the same corrupt pot. When Oh when will the residents of Wirral get some honest justice against this bunch of clowns running the borough....whilst the LGA are overseers, I suspect never.....roll on the revolution
The LGA have surpassed themselves this time, what an absolute joke..... all cronies in the same corrupt pot. When Oh when will the residents of Wirral get some honest justice against this bunch of clowns running the borough....whilst the LGA are overseers, I suspect never.....roll on the revolution Llamedos 1
  • Score: 7

11:47am Thu 31 Jul 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Calm down everyone. It doesn't mean anything. It's the LGA for goodness sake. It's not like they mean anything. Just another load of freeloaders. You can't help but laugh at the delusionists in the Town Hall praising themselves. It's the Emperors new Clothes all over again.
Calm down everyone. It doesn't mean anything. It's the LGA for goodness sake. It's not like they mean anything. Just another load of freeloaders. You can't help but laugh at the delusionists in the Town Hall praising themselves. It's the Emperors new Clothes all over again. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 8

2:03pm Thu 31 Jul 14

tiprat says...

Come on you guys, think of the positives....

erm...
well...

ok...got one....at least he'll be spending more time away from his post in Wirral whilst attending LGA meetings hither & thither

And...
thats about it....
Come on you guys, think of the positives.... erm... well... ok...got one....at least he'll be spending more time away from his post in Wirral whilst attending LGA meetings hither & thither And... thats about it.... tiprat
  • Score: 11

2:22pm Thu 31 Jul 14

hobroW says...

Joe bloggs you are right it is just the LGA.

However this stuff permeates insidiously into people's minds, brain - washing them, and LGA does not carry a Health Warning like a packet of fags.

We know in this forum but do sixth formers and many others who will accept what they read at face value.

I think superlatives and rhetoric should always carry a warning maybe in the footnotes for there is no defence against oratory at the point of impact.

Please remember the former Head of education Wirral Howard Cooper basking each year in some reflected glory of ever increasing GCSE grades THEN recall Frank Field lambasting the same man for lamentable incompetence.
Joe bloggs you are right it is just the LGA. However this stuff permeates insidiously into people's minds, brain - washing them, and LGA does not carry a Health Warning like a packet of fags. We know in this forum but do sixth formers and many others who will accept what they read at face value. I think superlatives and rhetoric should always carry a warning maybe in the footnotes for there is no defence against oratory at the point of impact. Please remember the former Head of education Wirral Howard Cooper basking each year in some reflected glory of ever increasing GCSE grades THEN recall Frank Field lambasting the same man for lamentable incompetence. hobroW
  • Score: 7

2:46pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Yes Joe you are absolutely right, the LGA are a bunch of toothless wonders and we should just treat them as a joke. The problem I have is that the Clouncil and the LGA all pee in the same endless pot and who fill that pot up with the coffers, yep......us
Yes Joe you are absolutely right, the LGA are a bunch of toothless wonders and we should just treat them as a joke. The problem I have is that the Clouncil and the LGA all pee in the same endless pot and who fill that pot up with the coffers, yep......us Llamedos 1
  • Score: 6

2:53pm Thu 31 Jul 14

keen gardener says...

This is as humerous as Cameron's opening words on his recent visit to Wirral. Quote "Let us be clear...............
.." Yes, as clear as mud!!!!!
This is as humerous as Cameron's opening words on his recent visit to Wirral. Quote "Let us be clear............... .." Yes, as clear as mud!!!!! keen gardener
  • Score: 5

9:24pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Mary Adair says...

Hilarious
Hilarious Mary Adair
  • Score: 8

10:30pm Thu 31 Jul 14

reliant22 says...

Does anyone know what happened about the great Martin Morton?
Did he receive any comp yet?
Does anyone know what happened about the great Martin Morton? Did he receive any comp yet? reliant22
  • Score: 5

9:57am Fri 1 Aug 14

Local Govwatcher1 says...

Phil Davies is admirably qualified to join the LGA Ali Baba band. Just hope that anyone reading this article brimming with subliminal quotes doesn't actually believe the spun messages.
Phil Davies is admirably qualified to join the LGA Ali Baba band. Just hope that anyone reading this article brimming with subliminal quotes doesn't actually believe the spun messages. Local Govwatcher1
  • Score: 7

11:13am Fri 1 Aug 14

hobroW says...

"The pace of improvements here has been the fastest in the country when compared to other local authorities in similar situations"..Well the LGA report revealing how close to shutdown Wirral had been , quotes just two authorities Doncaster I think , and Wirral,

Is Cllr Davies comparing Wirral to just one competitor in the egg and spoon race and just how does one compare authorities? What are the criteria; where is the expensive consultantcy report outlining the basdes of comparison. There is not one and, just as claims that a smear campaign against Cllr Green can be largely fended off by Ms Thynne as "HEARSAY" so too can these outrageous claims.

It is the utter brazen cheek of it that needs repudiation! These are the same leading Councillors who were in situ when the scandals were unfolding, with for example Cllr Davies prominent in those matters that have concerned myself, sitting as Chair in the Merseyside Regeneration committees yet permitting WBC to operate without CONTRACTS with a predatory supplier.
"The pace of improvements here has been the fastest in the country when compared to other local authorities in similar situations"..Well the LGA report revealing how close to shutdown Wirral had been , quotes just two authorities Doncaster I think , and Wirral, Is Cllr Davies comparing Wirral to just one competitor in the egg and spoon race and just how does one compare authorities? What are the criteria; where is the expensive consultantcy report outlining the basdes of comparison. There is not one and, just as claims that a smear campaign against Cllr Green can be largely fended off by Ms Thynne as "HEARSAY" so too can these outrageous claims. It is the utter brazen cheek of it that needs repudiation! These are the same leading Councillors who were in situ when the scandals were unfolding, with for example Cllr Davies prominent in those matters that have concerned myself, sitting as Chair in the Merseyside Regeneration committees yet permitting WBC to operate without CONTRACTS with a predatory supplier. hobroW
  • Score: 5

1:03pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Growl Tiger says...

I quote from Cllr Davies’ evidence in Ms Thynne’s report:

“Cllr Davies said that when he became Leader he recognised that he had a major cultural challenge. He described the Council as dysfunctional, there were service silos, a toxic political culture where everything was politicised. People were reluctant to innovate, the Council was inward looking and in denial. The Council has now begun a root and branch re-invention. There is a new Chief Executive and top team. The organisation has come a long way. There is an environment now where people try new ideas, the Council looks outward, learns from other authorities. Cllr Davies said that he promoted cross-party working. There is a Leaders Board where all three party leaders meet with the Chief Executive once a month. It has been a massive period of change. The organisation feels much more confidant and positive.”

Do you know – I think he actually believes he’s turned things around. He is in total denial.

Not sure if it’s a spelling error in the last sentence of his evidence; is this supposed to read CONFIDENT or does he mean confidant which implies intimate!
I quote from Cllr Davies’ evidence in Ms Thynne’s report: “Cllr Davies said that when he became Leader he recognised that he had a major cultural challenge. He described the Council as dysfunctional, there were service silos, a toxic political culture where everything was politicised. People were reluctant to innovate, the Council was inward looking and in denial. The Council has now begun a root and branch re-invention. There is a new Chief Executive and top team. The organisation has come a long way. There is an environment now where people try new ideas, the Council looks outward, learns from other authorities. Cllr Davies said that he promoted cross-party working. There is a Leaders Board where all three party leaders meet with the Chief Executive once a month. It has been a massive period of change. The organisation feels much more confidant and positive.” Do you know – I think he actually believes he’s turned things around. He is in total denial. Not sure if it’s a spelling error in the last sentence of his evidence; is this supposed to read CONFIDENT or does he mean confidant which implies intimate! Growl Tiger
  • Score: 6

4:57pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Positive thinker says...

There must be some truth in it
There must be some truth in it Positive thinker
  • Score: -4

5:58pm Fri 1 Aug 14

johnhardaker says...

Positive thinker wrote:
There must be some truth in it
This must refer to the other Wirral in a universe far away with two moons run by Phil "Luke sky walker" Davies where ever thing is perfect with no waste no £17.k freebies for the open golf, no huge pay outs to disgraced officers where councillors do the job for free & the books actually balance.
It is not the Wirral where I live where there is no improvement whatsoever & no doubt Phil will find the LGA allowances will swell his already inflated bank balance.
[quote][p][bold]Positive thinker[/bold] wrote: There must be some truth in it[/p][/quote]This must refer to the other Wirral in a universe far away with two moons run by Phil "Luke sky walker" Davies where ever thing is perfect with no waste no £17.k freebies for the open golf, no huge pay outs to disgraced officers where councillors do the job for free & the books actually balance. It is not the Wirral where I live where there is no improvement whatsoever & no doubt Phil will find the LGA allowances will swell his already inflated bank balance. johnhardaker
  • Score: 8

7:49am Sat 2 Aug 14

Positive thinker says...

Johnhardaker

What's up weren't you invited
Johnhardaker What's up weren't you invited Positive thinker
  • Score: 0

1:07pm Sat 2 Aug 14

johnhardaker says...

Positive Thinker who ever you are I don't like golf & I begrudge the £17000.00 squandered on councillors & officers getting freebies at the ratepayers expense.
Positive Thinker who ever you are I don't like golf & I begrudge the £17000.00 squandered on councillors & officers getting freebies at the ratepayers expense. johnhardaker
  • Score: 5

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