Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council Reserves

Waiting for an internal review by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council of their handling of this request.

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

The Local Government Association (LGA) advises that some council reserves “restricted by local agreement to fund certain types of expenditure can be reconsidered or released if the council’s future plans and priorities change” (LGA, A councillor’s workbook on local government finance, March, 2018, page 24).

These reserves are sometimes referred to as “controllable” earmarked reserves.

I have four questions.

1. How much does Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council currently hold in “controllable” earmarked reserves?

2. In principle - i.e. if deemed necessary by councillors - can Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council release/reallocate its “controllable” earmarked reserves and spend them on a once-off basis to support service provision?

3. How much does Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council currently hold in “general” reserves?

4. If deemed necessary by councillors, can Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council spend its “general” reserves on a one-off basis to support service provision?

Yours faithfully,

MR ALEX A SMITH

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request, 'Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council Reserves'.

By law, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council should normally have responded promptly and by 18 February 2021. That date has now passed, but my request has not yet been dealt with. Could I please request an update?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/w...

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

MR ALEX A SMITH