Private sector leaders have declared Government intervention into Liverpool City Council’s operations as an opportunity to improve the public-private sector relationship in the city for the “betterment of its people”.
The chief executive of Liverpool City Council said measures have been put in place to resolve a plethora of governance failings that sparked an ongoing police investigation and subsequent Whitehall action, and vowed to do a great deal more to improve investor confidence.
Property developers have been routinely put off building in the city after conversations with the council caused them to doubt decisions would be made fairly and objectively, said the author of a damning report into the authority’s operations.
The city council has terminated the contract of its head of regeneration Nick Kavanagh, who has twice been arrested and released without charge in connection with a police corruption probe and has now pledged to clear his name.
Government officials are to take over the running of Liverpool City Council amid an ongoing corruption investigation by Merseyside Police, communities secretary Robert Jenrick is expected to announce this week.