£709,000 in Legal Fees In Relation To LCC's Potential LoanTto Everton Football Club

Josie Mullen made this Freedom of Information request to Liverpool City Council

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Dear Liverpool City Council,

Mayor Anderson put forward a plan - which would have seen the council loan £280m plus to Everton Football Club for their new stadium. In relation to this loan LCC paid out £709,000 in legal fees.
Liverpool Echo - 6th March 2019:
He told the ECHO: "Everton Football Club will be picking up the bill - not us."........ "But there will be no cost to Liverpool City Council."
In FOI - J Mullen / 692998/ 28th May 2019 - I asked for some basic information in relation to when EFC had paid back the £709,000 to LCC. The response was as follows:
As the City Council and representatives of EFC continue dialogue on a range of commercial matters it is considered that a number of exemptions to disclosure are engaged under Freedom of Information Act 2000, specifically relating to commercial and financial interests as set out in Section 43(2) of the above Act.
This FOI was put in one year and seven months ago, during which time EFC has secured the funding for the stadium. Therefore please supply the following information

[1] The fact that LCC was proposing to lend EFC circa £280,000 is already in the public domain - so please state how much LCC has lent EFC
[2]If LCC has not lent EFC any money, please confirm

[3] As the information relating to the legal bill of £709,000 is already in the public domain, please simply state if EFC has paid this bill yet

[4]As the information relating to the legal bill of £709,000 is already in the public domain, please simply state when EFC will be reimbursing LCC this sum of money - if EFC has not paid yet

NB I AM NOT ASKING FOR ANY COMMERCIALLY SENSITIVE INFORMATION, JUST SIMPLE RESPONSES TO INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN SINCE THE 6TH MARCH 2019

Yours faithfully,

Josie Mullen

Liverpool City Council

 
Dear Josie Mullen
 
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December 2020 concerning Dear Liverpool City Council,

Mayor Anderson put forward a plan - which would have seen the council loan
£280m plus to Everton Football Club for their new stadium. In relation to
this loan LCC paid out £709,000 in legal fees.
Liverpool Echo - 6th March 2019:
He told the ECHO: "Everton Football Club will be picking up the bill - not
us."........ "But there will be no cost to Liverpool City Council."
In FOI - J Mullen / 692998/ 28th May 2019 - I asked for some basic
information in relation to when EFC had paid back the £709,000 to LCC. The
response was as follows:
As the City Council and representatives of EFC continue dialogue on a
range of commercial matters it is considered that a number of exemptions
to disclosure are engaged under Freedom of Information Act 2000,
specifically relating to commercial and financial interests as set out in
Section 43(2) of the above Act.
This FOI was put in one year and seven months ago, during which time EFC
has secured the funding for the stadium. Therefore please supply the
following information

[1] The fact that LCC was proposing to lend EFC circa £280,000 is already
in the public domain - so please state how much LCC has lent EFC
[2]If LCC has not lent EFC any money, please confirm

[3] As the information relating to the legal bill of £709,000 is already
in the public domain, please simply state if EFC has paid this bill yet

[4]As the information relating to the legal bill of £709,000 is already in
the public domain, please simply state when EFC will be reimbursing LCC
this sum of money - if EFC has not paid yet

NB I AM NOT ASKING FOR ANY COMMERCIALLY SENSITIVE INFORMATION, JUST SIMPLE
RESPONSES TO INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN SINCE THE 6TH
MARCH 2019

Yours faithfully,

Josie Mullen...
 
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Dear Liverpool City Council,
LCC is an absolute disgrace.......yet another FOI that is 4 months late......and don't blame COVID please. Could I have a response please !!!!!!!!

Yours sincerely,

Josie Mullen

Dear Liverpool City Council,
It is now 6 months since I put in this FOI. Don't think you can ignore me or FOI legislation. It is crystal clear that Everton are NEVER going to pay the £709,000 legal fees....so please respond or I'll have to tell Max

Yours sincerely,

Josie Mullen

Information Requests, Liverpool City Council

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Dear Josie Mullen

 

Please see attached our response to your request.

 

We thank you for your patience and understanding whilst Liverpool City
Council, in common with other public authorities has been dealing with,
responding to, and affected by the public health emergency arising from
Coronavirus which has meant that our staff have been diverted to maintain
essential services for the residents of Liverpool.

 

Regards

 

Liverpool City Council

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