Details of up to 36% increases to Councillors' allowances in 2002/3

Paul Cardin made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

There is compelling evidence on the internet that Wirral Council employed the services of "Local Government Consultant" Don Latham during financial year 2002/3 as chair of an "Independent Remuneration Panel". His payment was rumoured to be "£2,000 per time", presumably drawn from public funds.

For background, the following links illustrate the kind of work that Mr Latham, a former council Chief Executive, involves himself in to this day. This selection is by no means exhaustive and there are numerous further examples:

North Devon:



I would like the following information:

1. A list of the separate and individual payments, by which can be deduced the total payments made to Mr Donald Latham, local government consultant, by Wirral Council - for financial year 2002/3

2. Names and party positions (e.g. Leader; Opposition Leader; Deputy Leader, etc.) of councillors who comprised the "Local Democracy Working Party", this being the organisation which decided the level of pay for members of the "Independent Remuneration Panel", which in turn decided the level of increase for councillors.

3. Confirmation of the Council Leader at the time's increase in "Special Responsibility Allowance", as a result of this process.

4. Confirmation of the Opposition Leader at the time's increase, as a result of this process.

5. Confirmation of all 66 councillors' increase in their basic allowance, as a result of this process.

The following Wirral Council internet link from the time, although not working now, may assist you in your search for information:

Thanks very much in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please acknowledge receipt of the above emailed #FoI request within an emailed response.

May I also clarify that where I asked for 'confirmation' of the increases, I require a percentage figure for the amount of the relevant increase that was arrived at by the Independent Remuneration Panel,

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Morning

Wirral Council acknowledges your enquiry as below and aims to respond within the specified time frame of 20 working days.

Kind Regards

Tracy O'Hare
Information Management
Wirral Council

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InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Good Afternoon


Thank you for your recent enquiry.  Wirral Council can provide the
following recorded information:-


With respect to any payment to Don Latham for the year in question. 
Wirral Council has no recorded information to supply to you.  This is
because the financial records in question are over seven years old and
searching our cost centres could not determine any recorded information
for this time period for Don Latham.


Members of the Local Democracy Working Party for the 2002/3 Municipal Year
as follows:

4 Labour: Councillors JR Cocker, G Davies, PL Davies, S Foulkes (or

2 Conservatives:  Councillors JE Green, Mrs LA Rennie (or nominees)

2 Liberal Democrat: Councillors A Bridson, SE Kelly (or nominees)



In response to your further questions, please see minutes at the links
below and Report of the Borough Solicitor and Secretary attached.


Cabinet Minutes and a copy of the corresponding report that was considered
at the meeting on 14 March 2002:




Minute No. 89 of the Council meeting on 19 March 2002 sets out what was



Thank you for your enquiry, kind regards


Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Wirral Council


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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

Thank you for your response. Unfortunately, the two links you provided are not working. Please address this problem and advise,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Corrin, Jane, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon,
I am sorry the links did not work, I have checked the 2 links below and
they will take you to the information you require.

Kind Regards
Jane Corrin
Information Manager
Wirral Council
[email address]

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Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Having checked all the links I posted to Don Latham's local authority consultancy work quoted above, they've all been removed in the six years since this FOI request was placed.

Please see the following link for the sordid details that Councils have become so desperate to conceal.