Cost of Reducing Councillor Numbers

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John H Hutchinson

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
In his Cabinet report "Number of Councillors Scrutiny Review" November 2016, Cllr Brightmore makes many broad statements the most vague of which is "significant resources in terms of officer and councillor time" and, later, to support this statement "significant amount of time and resources".

What, please, was the formal and recorded estimate of time and resources to support these statements?

If no estimate was made, could Council make an estimate to complete this FoIA request, please?

Yours faithfully,

John H Hutchinson

Paterson, Lynette M., Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Hutchinson

 

I write further to your Freedom of Information request in which you
asked:-

 

“In his Cabinet report "Number of Councillors Scrutiny Review" November
2016, Cllr Brightmore makes many broad statements the most vague of which
is "significant resources in terms of officer and councillor time" and,
later, to support this statement "significant amount of time and
resources".

 

What, please, was the formal and recorded estimate of time and resources
to support these statements?

 

If no estimate was made, could Council make an estimate to complete this
FoIA request, please?”

 

The Council can advise that Cllr Brightmore’s statements relate to the
Scrutiny Review Panel’s estimation of the time and resources required for
the Council to prepare a submission document to the Local Government
Boundary Commission for England (the Commission), and to undergo an
electoral review (See page 9 of the report)
[1]http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/documents...

 

In reviewing a number of lengthy and detailed submission documents from
other local authorities, the Panel was able to gain an appreciation of the
time and resources likely to be required to compile a submission in
preparation for an electoral review.  Technical guidance from the
Commission, indicating an 18-24 month timescale to complete each stage of
an electoral review also informed the statements. Beyond this, no detailed
assessment or estimation of the time and resources required to make a
submission was undertaken.

 

With regards to the final point of your enquiry, we would advise that the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 relates only to information already held
in recorded form and there is no requirement under that legislation to
create new information.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Senior Information Management Officer

Business Services - Digital

 

Wallasey Town Hall

Brighton Street
Wallasey
Wirral
CH44 8ED 

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John H Hutchinson

Dear Paterson, Lynette M.,

Thank you!

I note from your "no detailed
assessment or estimation of the time and resources required to make a
submission was undertaken" that the decision not to reduce the number of Elected Members was based upon a guess.

Yours sincerely,

John H Hutchinson

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