Last reviewed 13 May 2021

Liverpool City Council has formally set out its response to the recently published Best Value inspection in which Government inspector Max Caller investigated the council’s Highways, Regeneration and Property Management functions.

He found failings in relation to land disposal, governance and the relationship between elected members and officers and made a series of recommendations to tackle them.

A letter signed by the authority’s Chief Executive Tony Reeves, on behalf of the council, sets out its acceptance of the Best Value report’s findings and the proposed interventions.

Mr Reeves also underlines the council’s commitment to work with the commissioners who will be appointed to oversee the authority’s highways, regeneration and property management functions.

The letter and draft Improvement Plan can be found at http://councillors.liverpool.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=321&MId=18664&Ver=4.

“The inspection report made for difficult reading for both Members and Officers of the Council,” it reads. “While there may be different views on the emphasis of some elements of the report, all of the findings are accepted and the council acknowledges that it has failed to comply with its Best Value Duty over a number of years.”

In December 2020, Joe Anderson, who became Liverpool's first elected mayor in 2012 having served on the city council since 1998, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.

He and four others were held as part of an investigation into the awarding of building contracts in the city