Scrap Wirral's Mayor and polling stations to save money

I VERY much appreciate the "What Really Matters" consultation exercise by Graham Burgess, chief executive of Wirral Council asking people of Wirral to choose between different options for reducing costs.

This sounds like "Direct Democracy" Swiss-style where for once we will get a real chance to express our views.

Instead of remote councillors elected by increasingly small percentages deciding how to spend our money, we now have a chance to participate in decision making.

Hopefully excessive council expenditure will now finally be brought under control and we can live within our means just as all responsible people do with their personal finances.

Mr Burgess states that savings will come from "non-essential" spending.  This implies that we must previously have been wasting money on things that we did not need. 

Why have our councillors allowed this waste to occur?

To the many proposals for saving our money, I would add a drastic reduction in the number of councillors and their expenses, the abolition of the post of Mayor and the complete scrapping of the ridiculous, out-dated and expensive system of polling stations at election times to be replaced by a secure on-line/postal system which will greatly increase participation in local democracy.

R Peters by email.

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1:35pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Spiffy says...

No point asking us where money should be saved when we've no clue how it's spent in the first place. Save money on pointless surveys !
No point asking us where money should be saved when we've no clue how it's spent in the first place. Save money on pointless surveys ! Spiffy

11:03am Wed 5 Dec 12

ballacrain says...

I wonder just how much notice the council will take of peoples views, my guess is none. Just another wasted survey and money to make us believe we are having a say.
I wonder just how much notice the council will take of peoples views, my guess is none. Just another wasted survey and money to make us believe we are having a say. ballacrain

9:53pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Hugo1008 says...

I would like just one of the 60 something Councillors to explain, what is democratic about 10 councilors sitting on Cabinet, that makes all the major decisions for the other 50 or more to rubber stamp.

This so called Cabinet, "All at Present Labour Party Members" represent a political party with a small fraction of the population of Wirral as members.
Yet they have the say of what and how the ratepayes in Wirral shall be served by the Wirral Borough Council.

Just what has Party Politics got to do with Local Government and the provision of vital council services to the public.
All the political parties put together actually have a tiny fraction of members from the 320,000 population of Wirral. How does that make any kind of sense.
I would like just one of the 60 something Councillors to explain, what is democratic about 10 councilors sitting on Cabinet, that makes all the major decisions for the other 50 or more to rubber stamp. This so called Cabinet, "All at Present Labour Party Members" represent a political party with a small fraction of the population of Wirral as members. Yet they have the say of what and how the ratepayes in Wirral shall be served by the Wirral Borough Council. Just what has Party Politics got to do with Local Government and the provision of vital council services to the public. All the political parties put together actually have a tiny fraction of members from the 320,000 population of Wirral. How does that make any kind of sense. Hugo1008

11:20am Wed 12 Dec 12

ConcernedRatePayer says...

I have to agree and notice the Mayor is still being Chauffeured around Wirral in a rather nice Jaguar. Even Government Ministers have to make do with a fleet of Toyota Prius's !
I have to agree and notice the Mayor is still being Chauffeured around Wirral in a rather nice Jaguar. Even Government Ministers have to make do with a fleet of Toyota Prius's ! ConcernedRatePayer

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