Wednesday, February 8, 2012

#Wirral :MP's blast: Incompetent council officers cost Wirral £60m in lost grants

MP's blast: 'Incompetent council officers cost Wirral £60m in lost grants'

MP's blast: Incompetent council officers cost Wirral £60m in lost grants 
BIRKENHEAD MP Frank Field called on a Government minister to send in commissioners to run Wirral Council following a series of "administrative failings."
Speaking at a Parliamentary debate at Westminster Hall this afternoon, he listed three failed initiatives which he said had cost the local authority around £60m in missed grants.

He told Local Government and Communities minister Bob Neill that senior officers “either couldn’t be bothered or were not efficient enough” to get an application for a Rock Ferry housing scheme completed on time.

He claimed Wirral councillors were not aware of an agreement to undertake a long-term rental scheme at the Cheshire Lines building in Birkenhead, costing £11m.

And finally, he said, plans to create a new building to house the academy school at Birkenhead were not developed by the deadline and meant the borough lost out on a £40m grant.

“This is about the quality and the judgements senior officers have made,” said Mr Field.

“What we have seen is a series of appalling errors of judgement and crass inefficiency from a small group of senior officers.”

Wirral West Conservative MP Esther McVey agreed with Mr Field’s comments about the authority’s failings, but said its politicians should be held to account. more

Footnote : Esther McVey was a director of the Madeleine McCann Fund. McVey claimed 80.000 pounds had been used from the fund for a campaign in Spain a CAMPAIGN that never happened. When questions started being asked of her, McVey fled without explanation removing ALL contact with the McCanns from her Website ????? . McVey refused to answer any questions as to what she may have discovered causing her to leave in such a hurry . Why did she lie about a Spanish campaign and what really happened to the missing 80.000 pounds?