Government to increase Liverpool council intervention

The government has said it will expand its role in running Liverpool City Council to cover financial decisions, governance and recruitment, after expensive errors by the authority.

The council’s past failure to renew some contracts could lead to losses of millions of pounds, a report revealed.

In 2021, the government appointed four commissioners to oversee some functions after a local governance “breakdown”.

It will now appoint a fifth to deal with finance.

It comes after a report suggested the council had not made enough progress and there were serious concerns about financial decision-making.

The city council has also announced that Theresa Grant will start work as its new interim chief executive in September, following the resignation of Tony Reeves.

She was previously chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council while it was subject to government intervention.

The government said Liverpool City Council was “failing in its best value duty”.

Earlier this year, it…

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