Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Memoranda

Memorandum by Liverpool City Council (LGA 28)

  Liverpool City Council adopted a pilot set of Executive arrangements in May 1999 which were consistent with the principles set out in Local Leadership, Local Choice but which, obviously, adhered to the requirements of the Local Government Act 1972.

  Subsequently, the Council adopted formal Executive arrangements under the Local Government Act 2000 and these have been in place since 15 October 2001.

  Under our initial pilot arrangements we believe that those arrangements adhered more closely to the principles set out in Local Leadership Local Choice than, in fact have been permitted by the Local Government Act 2000.

  The main reason for coming to this view is that our pilot arrangements contained call-in mechanisms which had a high degree of transparency. In particular, we found it possible to have arrangements where certain controversial issues were capable of escalation to full Council where those issues could be the subject of scrutiny and final decision. The Local Government Act 2000 does not contain provisions which allow matters to be called in to the full Council in the same way that was possible under the pilot arrangements. The restrictions upon "call-in" are a necessary consequence of applying the Local Government Act 2000 provisions and have led to a perception that the Council has lost a greater degree of sovereignty than was, perhaps, anticipated.

  Accordingly, the Council believes that there is a legitimate case to give further consideration to whether legislation should be amended to enable a greater degree of participation in decision-making by the full Council.

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