Cut the number of Wirral councillors

First published in Letters

IF our council is determined to cut millions from spending, I have a suggestion that could save a packet and not one resident of Wirral would be inconvenienced and would probably not even notice.

Cut the number of councillors from 66 to 33.

We don’t need 66 local politicians claiming allowances and expenses to sit in the town hall and pontificate.

It's a luxury we can do without thank you very much.

GL by email.

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3:24pm Tue 20 Nov 12

ballacrain says...

I agree with GL. How did the council manage to operate in the past when there was only one councillor per ward and they were unpaid.
I agree with GL. How did the council manage to operate in the past when there was only one councillor per ward and they were unpaid. ballacrain
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9:34am Wed 21 Nov 12

reliant22 says...

If only they did `something`even pontificate!
Councillors are supposed to represent Wirral residents at the Town Hall, we put them there to scrutinise decisions being taken about the Borough by Town Hall officers . However, elected Councillors could not care less once they join the Town Hall gravy train.
Just consider for a moment the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee and how well, (not) elected Councillor/s scrutinised the evil goings on within that department.How, what was happening to those who suffered torture was allowed to continue. I say get rid of the whole culture of Party politics in Local Gov. One party Councillor is one too many, let`s have Independants to represent us at the Town Hall.
If only they did `something`even pontificate! Councillors are supposed to represent Wirral residents at the Town Hall, we put them there to scrutinise decisions being taken about the Borough by Town Hall officers . However, elected Councillors could not care less once they join the Town Hall gravy train. Just consider for a moment the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee and how well, (not) elected Councillor/s scrutinised the evil goings on within that department.How, what was happening to those who suffered torture was allowed to continue. I say get rid of the whole culture of Party politics in Local Gov. One party Councillor is one too many, let`s have Independants to represent us at the Town Hall. reliant22
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5:59pm Thu 22 Nov 12

bickyboy says...

It sounds like a wonderful idea to lose a few councillors, but think on this: once they're gone, you'll never get them back.
It sounds like a wonderful idea to lose a few councillors, but think on this: once they're gone, you'll never get them back. bickyboy
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3:35pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Hugo1008 says...

Good point brickboy, with good fortune we will not get them back.

Divide Wirral into 6 Social, Economic, Ethnic and Representative diverse sections or districts. Easy Done.

Each District elect maximum 3 Peoples representatives or for want of a name Public Service Councillors.

Then the voting population of Wirral elects a Public Service Council Leader plus a Deputy Leader.

18 District Councilors, Council Leader and Deputy, 20 people in total fully supported by the rate payers of Wirral.

All selected and chosen by the voting population of Wirral, to fully represent the public and oversee Wirral Borough Council to ensure the best available Council Services are provided.

Remove Party Politics from Local Government, the Public Service Council Body, working for and exclusively on behalf of the voting population of Wirral, and not any Party Political Dogma or System.

That alone will save many millions of pounds for generations to come.

Plus the Public Service Council with full executive authority powers charged with the task to see a total reduction in cost of the entire Wirral Council and all its employees, whilst providing the best possible council services available in the country. At last we would get value for money.

We all ready have over 650 Members of Parliament. All Political Party Representatives fully supported by the British Population at great expense that do not provide value for money, we do not need them at local level as well.
Good point brickboy, with good fortune we will not get them back. Divide Wirral into 6 Social, Economic, Ethnic and Representative diverse sections or districts. Easy Done. Each District elect maximum 3 Peoples representatives or for want of a name Public Service Councillors. Then the voting population of Wirral elects a Public Service Council Leader plus a Deputy Leader. 18 District Councilors, Council Leader and Deputy, 20 people in total fully supported by the rate payers of Wirral. All selected and chosen by the voting population of Wirral, to fully represent the public and oversee Wirral Borough Council to ensure the best available Council Services are provided. Remove Party Politics from Local Government, the Public Service Council Body, working for and exclusively on behalf of the voting population of Wirral, and not any Party Political Dogma or System. That alone will save many millions of pounds for generations to come. Plus the Public Service Council with full executive authority powers charged with the task to see a total reduction in cost of the entire Wirral Council and all its employees, whilst providing the best possible council services available in the country. At last we would get value for money. We all ready have over 650 Members of Parliament. All Political Party Representatives fully supported by the British Population at great expense that do not provide value for money, we do not need them at local level as well. Hugo1008
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12:49am Sun 25 Nov 12

MrAngryBebington says...

Reduce number of Councillors by a third and stop paying £170K + salaries to the senior officers currently suspended. Together that will save almost half a million.
Reduce number of Councillors by a third and stop paying £170K + salaries to the senior officers currently suspended. Together that will save almost half a million. MrAngryBebington
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9:55am Mon 26 Nov 12

Hugo1008 says...

There seems to be quite a lot of support for reducing the number of Councilors, Please remember this when voting comes round.

You should vote, but you can tick NO box, or tick EVERY box, even write on your paper, any COMMENT like, None of the Above.

Yes this will invalidate your paper, but think of the effect when they end up with more spoiled voting papers than any other vote for the candidates.

Failing that pick a candidate that has never been a Councilor Before, and preferably not belonging to Labour or Conservative, not even the Liberals.

The New Face cannot be any worse than what we have at present, but could turnout to be better.
Worst case scenario you would be spreading the trough of plenty into some new location, whats the harm in that. It would certainly get rid of Complacency among the long term parasites who have milked the system for years.
There seems to be quite a lot of support for reducing the number of Councilors, Please remember this when voting comes round. You should vote, but you can tick NO box, or tick EVERY box, even write on your paper, any COMMENT like, None of the Above. Yes this will invalidate your paper, but think of the effect when they end up with more spoiled voting papers than any other vote for the candidates. Failing that pick a candidate that has never been a Councilor Before, and preferably not belonging to Labour or Conservative, not even the Liberals. The New Face cannot be any worse than what we have at present, but could turnout to be better. Worst case scenario you would be spreading the trough of plenty into some new location, whats the harm in that. It would certainly get rid of Complacency among the long term parasites who have milked the system for years. Hugo1008
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