Dear Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council,

I am writing in relation to the Mayor of Knowsley, whom I understand is elected to serve the constituents of Knowsley by the elected members of Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC).

Please advise:

(1) How many votes did the current Mayor receive?
(2) Was the vote to elect the current Mayor unanimous?

"The Mayor represents Knowsley at public events and ceremonies as well as civic events in other towns, cities and countries."1

(3) Please advise what countries the Mayor of Knowsley has visited since 1974?
(4) Does the Mayor have a KMBC vehicle at their disposal for official duties?
(5) What is the annual mileage for the Mayoral vehicle?
(6) What is the cost per mile for the Mayoral vehicle*?
*For the avoidance of doubt this costing is to include all expenses related to the vehicle, and is not limited to driver, maintenance, garaging, fuel, cleaning and insurance.

The current Mayor "has the great honour of being the first person to serve as the Mayor of Knowsley on two occasions (having previously served for the first time in 2014 - 15)." 1

In view of this please advise:

(7) How many Mayors have served KMBC since 1974?
(8) What % of Mayors, since 1974, have represented constituencies in Kirkby ?
(9) What % of Mayors have been male?

The Mayor of Knowsley’s Charity Fund
In 2016 - 17, the Mayor will be supporting:
The Big Help Project
The Big Help Project delivers five complimentary projects across Knowsley which are: Knowsley Foodbank, Jubilee Debt Advice, Next Steps, Get Connected and Baby Basics.

A donation will also be made to:
Knowsley Bridge - Imagine
Knowsley Bridge – Imagine work together with people with mental health issues and other challenges so they can live a full and independent life.1

In view of this please advise:

(10) How much is the donation?
(11) Where do the funds for the donation come from?
(12) Does the Mayor receive an annual allowance to be Mayor?
(13) If an allowance is received to be Mayor, what is the current annual allowance?

1 Source: http://www.knowsley.gov.uk/your-council/... Accessed August 18 2016.
Please accept my apologies of not fully utilising the Harvard referencing system, unfortunately, I am unable to ascertain exactly when information is published on the KMBC website.

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Tully

Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Tully,

Thank you for your email received on 18 August 2016 requesting information about the Mayor of Knowsley.

I have recorded your request for information under reference F2016.08.2632.

This has been passed to the relevant service and you will receive a response by 16 September 2016.

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If you need further information please contact me.

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information
Knowsley MBC
Archway Road
Huyton
Knowsley
Merseyside
L36 9UX

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Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Tully
 
I refer to your email to the Freedom of Information Team dated 18 August
2016.  Please find below the responses to each of the questions raised.
 
I trust that this information addresses your enquiry.
 
 
 

The appointment of the Mayor at the
Annual General Meeting, is not a
recorded vote.  For further information
please click on this [1]link.
(1) How many votes did the current  
Mayor receive? The Constitution allows matters to be
  decided by a majority of those
Councillor’s present with the vote
usually taken by a show of hands or, if
there is no disagreement by those
present, “by the affirmation of the
meeting”.  The outcome of the vote,
(the “resolution”) is then recorded in
the minutes of the meeting, which are
published on the Council’s website (see
the link above).
(2) Was the vote to elect the  
current Mayor unanimous? As there was no disagreement by those
present at the meeting, “by the
affirmation of the meeting”, the vote
to elect the current Mayor was
unanimous.
 

 
"The Mayor represents Knowsley at public events and ceremonies as well as
civic events in other towns, cities and countries.
 

The Council’s records do not go back
to 1974 to inform this element of
the enquiry. 
 
However, Knowsley’s Twinning
arrangements with Stadt Moers in
Germany was established in 1980 and
visits (usually 1 per year) have
(3) Please advise what countries the been made by the relevant Mayors
Mayor of Knowsley has visited since since then.
1974?  
  The Mayor has also been invited to
visit America as part of the Dallas
Cup Annual Football Tournament since
1991 and visits have been made to
this Tournament on occasion by the
relevant Mayors since then.
 
The Mayor of Knowsley also visited
Nanning, China in 2004 only.
 
(4) Does the Mayor have a KMBC
vehicle at their disposal for Yes
official duties?
 
This depends on how many events are
attended throughout the Mayoral year
(5) What is the annual mileage for and the location of each. 
the Mayoral vehicle?  
By way of an example, the annual
mileage for 2015/16 was 3,742.
 
This depends on how many events are
(6) What is the cost per mile for the attended throughout the Mayoral year
Mayoral vehicle*? and the location of each. 
*For the avoidance of doubt this  
costing is to include all expenses By way of an example, the total
related to the vehicle, and is not expenditure for Transport in 2015/16
limited to driver, maintenance, is £6,565.
garaging, fuel, cleaning and  
insurance. The driver is an officer of the
  Civic and Members Services Team.
 

 
The current Mayor "has the great honour of being the first person to serve
as the Mayor of Knowsley on two occasions (having previously served for
the first time in 2014 - 15)."
 
In view of this please advise:
 

(7) How many Mayors have served KMBC
since 1974? 43
 
The role of a Mayor is non -
political and therefore he/she does
not represent specific
constituencies during the Mayoral
(8) What % of Mayors, since 1974, year.
have represented constituencies in  
Kirkby? However the number of Mayors who
  were representing a Kirkby ward when
he/she was appointed to the office
of Mayor is 19%.
 
 
(9) What % of Mayor’s have been male? 81%
   
 

 
The Mayor of Knowsley’s Charity Fund
In 2016 - 17, the Mayor will be supporting:
The Big Help Project
The Big Help Project delivers five complimentary projects across Knowsley
which are: Knowsley Foodbank, Jubilee Debt Advice, Next Steps, Get
Connected and Baby Basics.
 
A donation will also be made to:
Knowsley Bridge - Imagine
Knowsley Bridge – Imagine work together with people with mental health
issues and other challenges so they can live a full and independent life.1
 
In view of this please advise:
 

The Mayor will make this decision at
(10) How much is the donation? the end of his Mayoral year dependent
  on how much money is raised.
 
The funds for the donations come from
11) Where do the funds for the the fund raising that is done during
donation come from? the Mayoral year by the Mayor and his
  charity committee.
 
(12)  Does the Mayor receive an
annual allowance to be Mayor? Yes
 
(13) If an allowance is received to
be Mayor, what is the current annual £9,442
allowance?
 

 
 
Kind Regards
 
 
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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your response, published on September 23rd 2016. Please accept my apologies for my late acknowledgement.

However, I wish to have the following clarified:

Are any votes in KMBC council chambers actually recorded?
If I can access a Member of Parliaments voting record, surely, in the interests of transparency and democracy, I should be able to view the elected members of KMBC voting records.

Please clarify how many trips to twinned cities have been made and the years of the trips.
Please advise how many trips to Dallas and the years of the trips.

I was educated in Kirkby, so please forgive my maths, but am I correct, in that the Mayoral vehicle costs £1.75 per mile? (£6,565/3,742 miles)?
Is this without factoring a drivers salary into the equation?

I am aware that the office of Mayor should be apolitical. However, does this mean that the current Mayor, will in effect, have not served his constituents for 2 of a 4 year term?

Of 43 Mayors, 19% (less than a fifth) have been from a Kirkby constituency.
Therefore, approximately 8.5 Mayors have been elected members from Kirkby?
Surely this is incorrect? In the interests of fairness to all in Knowsley shouldn't the honour of Mayor go from electoral ward to electoral ward?
Is Kirkby still the largest town within the auspices of KMBC?
When was the last Mayor of KMBC selected from a Kirkby constituency?
How many Mayors have represented Huyton wards?

It is my understanding that the Representation of the People Act (1918) allowed for females to vote. *
Based on the statistics provided KMBC are advising that almost a century later 81% of the Mayors of KMBC have been male? I assume no one has thought the Mayor should be female?

*The Act allowed for 40% of women to vote. In the interests of equality and representation of all genders and using this statistic as a benchmark 40% of the Mayors of Knowsley should have been female. In basic terms, approximately 8.5 more Mayors of KMBC should have been female.

Thank you for the information on the charities.
In view of the fact that the current Mayor "has the great honour of being the first person to serve as the Mayor of Knowsley on two occasions (having previously served for the first time in 2014 – 15).

Will the Mayoral allowance of £9,442.00 be given to the chosen charities of the Mayor?
Surely this would be an excellent statement of intent to show support to the charities. Specifically in view of the honour that has been bestowed upon the incumbent Mayor twice in recent years.
Is it possible to be provided with links to the charity websites to allow for donations to be made by philanthropists?

Yours sincerely,

Wayne Tully

Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Tully,

Thank you for your email received on 27 September 2016 requesting information about The Mayor of Knowsley.

I have recorded your request for information under reference F2016.09.2749.

This has been passed to the relevant service and you will receive a response by 25 October 2016.

In line with guidance published by the Information Commissioner’s Office, the council may make a charge for the provision of information – for example in order to cover the costs of postage (in line with the relevant postal charges) or charges for printing and copying (which will reflect photocopying charges levied by the council’s public libraries) or if this falls within the regulations of an EIR (Environmental Information).

You will be informed if a fee is to be applied before information is to be provided.

If you need further information please contact me.

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information
Knowsley MBC
Archway Road
Huyton
Knowsley
Merseyside
L36 9UX

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Wayne Tully left an annotation ()

A follow up freedom of information request to Knowsley council was made on 27/09/.16 -

Reference number F2016.09.2749.
Title: The Mayor of Knowsley follow up to F2016.08.2632

Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Tully,
 
Freedom of Information request F2016-09-2749
 
Please accept our apologies for the delay in sending this response out to
you.  We have looked into your request for information about The Mayor of
Knowsley, and our response is shown below.
 

The Local Government Act 1972 states that:-
 
“...all questions coming or arising before a local authority
shall be decided by a majority of the members of the
authority present and voting thereon at a meeting of the
authority.”
 
Consequently, and in accordance with this Act, Knowsley
Council’s Constitution allows matters to be decided by a
majority of those Councillors present with the vote usually
taken by a show of hands or, if there is no disagreement by
those present, “by the affirmation of the meeting”.  The
outcome (i.e. the “resolution”) is then recorded in the
minutes of the meeting, which also set out a list of those
Councillors present and, where relevant, information on when
they have declared interests in items of business being
considered. In particular, the minutes set out where the
interest is of a type that has led to a Councillor leaving
the meeting whilst the matter is being discussed and
Are any votes in decided. This enables the reader to be clear who was present
KMBC council when a particular decision was agreed.
chambers  
actually Councillors also have additional rights, set out within the
recorded? Constitution, in respect of the recording of individual
If I can access votes, which they may invoke as they deem appropriate – for
a Member of example, if three Councillors present at the meeting demand
Parliaments it, the way all Councillors have voted on a matter will be
voting record, recorded in the minutes. Alternatively, individual
 1.  surely, in the Councillors may ask for their own votes to be recorded in
interests of the minutes if they so wish. Instances of where these
transparency and provisions have been used at meetings may be viewed on the
democracy, I Council’s [1]website.
should be able  
to view the In addition, in accordance with the Local Authorities
elected members (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014,
of KMBC voting the names for, against or abstaining from a decision
records. relating to the making of the calculation or issuing of the
  precept at a budget decision meeting of the Authority is
recorded in the minutes.
 
Finally, meetings of the Council (including full Council,
Cabinet, Committees etc as per the link above) are open to
the public (except where “exempt” or “confidential” matters,
[2]as defined in the Constitution, are being considered) and
meetings of the full Council are now filmed and published on
the Council’s website, which allows the public to be able to
view how Members have voted on matters at those particular
meetings. In addition, any constituent wishing to know how
his/her Councillor stands on a particular matter can make
contact with that Councillor directly via the details
available on the [3]Council’s website (i.e. via address,
telephone or email) or through attendance at a surgery
meeting, details of which are also available on the
Council’s website (please follow the link for an individual
Councillor to see their surgery details).
 
 
Please clarify
how many trips The Council’s records show that Knowsley’s Twinning
to twinned arrangements with Stadt Moers in Germany was established in
cities have been 1980 and visits (usually 1 per year) have taken place since
 2.  made and the that time.
years of the  
trips. One visit to Nanning, China in 2004
   
 
Please advise The Council’s records do not go back to further than 2001 to
how many trips inform this element of the enquiry.
 3.  to Dallas and  
the years of the Since 2001, three Mayors have attended Dallas during their
trips. Mayoral year in 2001, 2004 and 2012.
   
I was educated
in Kirkby, so
please forgive
my maths, but am
I correct, in You requested all costs associated with the Mayor’s vehicle
that the Mayoral and an example was given for 2015/16 so, based on that
vehicle costs example, dividing the two figures you quote gives you £1.75.
£1.75 per mile?  
(£6,565/3,742 However the costs associated with the petrol allocation
miles)? specifically for the car mileage of 3,742 miles would only
 4.    be £26.5p per mile (£994/3,742) for this particular year.
   
   
  As mentioned previously this is dependent on the events
  attended.  By way of example, the driving element of the
  Mayoral office for 2015/16 was £6611.
Is this without  
factoring a
drivers salary
into the
equation?
 
I am aware that
the office of
Mayor should be
apolitical.
However, does The Mayor remains impartial when wearing the Chain of
this mean that Office/Chairing the Full Council meeting.  Outside of the
 5.  the current Mayoral role, the elected member will continue to represent
Mayor, will in his/her constituents.
effect, have not  
served his  
constituents for
2 of a 4 year
term?
 
Of 43 Mayors,
19% (less than a
fifth) have been
from a Kirkby
constituency.
Therefore,
approximately Eight elected members represented a Kirkby ward at the time
8.5 Mayors have of their appointment.  The percentage figure was 18.6% (8
been elected individuals) which was rounded up to 19%.
members from  
Kirkby?  
  Until recently, the role of Mayor was given to the longest
Surely this is serving elected member.  Elected members are now asked to
incorrect? In submit declarations of interest in the role regardless of
the interests of how long they have served.
fairness to all  
in Knowsley As the Council does not know what information you have based
shouldn't the this question on we are unable to answer it.
honour of Mayor  
go from The last time that a Mayor was selected who represented a
electoral ward Kirkby ward was in 1999/2000.
 6.  to electoral  
ward?  
  The number of Mayors who were representing a Huyton ward
  when he/she was appointed to the office of Mayor is 19.
Is Kirkby still  
the largest town It is important to mention that you will not be comparing
within the like with like to make any assumptions about numbers of
auspices of Mayors from particular areas.  For example, up until the
KMBC? implementation of the Boundary Commissions Ward Boundary
  Review (May 2016) there were more wards in Huyton (8
  therefore a total of 24 people) than there were in Kirkby (6
When was the therefore a total of 18 people) and therefore more
last Mayor of individuals from whom a Mayor could be elected.
KMBC selected  
from a Kirkby  
constituency?
 
 
How many Mayors
have represented
Huyton wards?
 
It is my
understanding
that the
Representation
of the People
Act (1918)
allowed for
females to vote.
* Based on the
statistics
provided KMBC
are advising
that almost a
century later
81% of the
Mayors of KMBC
have been male? 
I assume no one As mentioned previously, until recently the role of Mayor
has thought the was given to the longest serving elected member and this
Mayor should be applied to both male or female members.  Elected members are
 7.  female? now asked to submit declarations of interest in the role.
*The Act allowed  
for 40% of women  
to vote. In the
interests of
equality and
representation
of all genders
and using this
statistic as a
benchmark 40% of
the Mayors of
Knowsley should
have been
female. In basic
terms,
approximately
8.5 more Mayors
of KMBC should
have been
female.
Thank you for
the information
on the
charities.
In view of the
fact that the
current Mayor
"has the great
honour of being
the first person
to serve as the
Mayor of
Knowsley on two
occasions
(having
previously
served for the
first time in
2014 – 15). The Mayors allowance covers clothing requirements for the
Will the Mayoral Mayor and Mayoress/Consort, the cost of tickets to charity
 8.  allowance of events, contributions to charitable events where invited
£9,442.00 be during the Mayoral year.
given to the
chosen charities
of the Mayor?
Surely this
would be an
excellent
statement of
intent to show
support to the
charities.
Specifically in
view of the
honour that has
been bestowed
upon the
incumbent Mayor
twice in recent
years.
 
Any philanthropist wishing to make a donation to the Mayors
Charity would need to send a cheque made payable to the
Mayor of Knowsley’s Charity Fund and send it to The Mayor
Is it possible office, Knowsley Council, Municipal Buildings, Huyton,
to be provided Knowsley Merseyside, L36 9YU.
with links to  
the charity The direct link to the individual charities are shown below.
websites to  
 9.  allow for The Big Help project is:
donations to be  
made by [4]http://www.big-help.info/index.php/get-i...
philanthropists?  
  Knowsley Bridge Imagine is:
 
[5]http://www.imagineindependence.org.uk/
 
 

 
 
If you need further information please see contact details below.
 
Kind regards,
 
Freedom of Information
Knowsley MBC
Archway Road
Huyton
Knowsley
Merseyside
L36 9UX
 
 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your response to my request, published on October 27th 2016, please accept my apologies for my delayed response . I disagree with your calculation for the Mayoral vehicle mileage costs, as a business would generally factor in all associated costs when operating a vehicle. This allows for a true comparison, when changing the vehicle , for example. I was led to believe that KMBC has sufficient business acumen within its ranks to analyse costs correctly, based on responses to previous foi requests. Obviously, I must be wrong with this assumption. However, as the Council tax payer is funding the vehicle, perhaps, the petrol mile costs looks better using the KMBC equation when the public ask questions.

I would never have guessed that the Mayor of Knowsley has not been selected from a Kirkby constituency since the last century. I am sure KMBC must be proud of this fact, as no doubt they are of the under representation of women. If KMBC previously selected the Mayor based on the longest serving Councillor, would that not be illegal, in terms of discrimination? Surely a councillor who had served one day had as much right to be Mayor as a councillor who had served 10,000 days? This seems to contradict previous foi responses which suggest that the council selects the right people with the business acumen to run, for example, a leisure centre. I must be misinterpreting what is being put in front of me to review.

Finally, if the Mayor, and consort, receive a clothing allowance during his/her/their tenure have the clothes purchased two years ago become so thread bare that they need replacing so soon? Should the money not be diverted to a food bank to allow less fortunate people to eat? Perhaps Hans Christian Andersen can recommend a suitable weaver.

Yours sincerely,

Wayne Tully

William Potter left an annotation ()

we need our L M to look good,and to be driven in comfort,it dosn,t matter that people in knowsley are suffering,and that our kids education is the poorest in the contry ect ect.lets buy him a new posh car we will all club in.NOT REALY.

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