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Wirral council leader responds to criticism
3:12pm Tuesday 19th June 2012 in Letters
I MUST take issue with Cllr Stuart Kelly, who criticises my decision to abolish the Community & Customer Engagement cabinet portfolio and his assertion that this will result in less importance attached to ensuring that the public have their say.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
In the light of recent well-publicised reports, I decided to propose a new portfolio entitled 'Improvement and Governance'.
The focus of this role is to improve the way the council does business, to deliver high-quality services within budget and ensure that an effective performance management framework is in place.
The importance I attach to this is reflected by the fact that I have asked the deputy leader of the council, Cllr Ann McLachlan, to do this job.
With regard to community engagement, far from devaluing this task, I intend to include it as a core duty of each of the ten Cabinet portfolios.
Finally, with regard to the system of governance operated by the council, I have retained the all-party Democracy Working Group, which is seeking consensus on producing a new model for Wirral which is open, transparent and inclusive.
Yours sincerely, Cllr Phil Davies, Leader of the Council