Memorandum by Liverpool City Council (LGA
Liverpool City Council adopted a pilot set of
Executive arrangements in May 1999 which were consistent with
the principles set out in Local Leadership, Local Choice but which,
obviously, adhered to the requirements of the Local Government
Subsequently, the Council adopted formal Executive
arrangements under the Local Government Act 2000 and these have
been in place since 15 October 2001.
Under our initial pilot arrangements we believe
that those arrangements adhered more closely to the principles
set out in Local Leadership Local Choice than, in fact have been
permitted by the Local Government Act 2000.
The main reason for coming to this view is that
our pilot arrangements contained call-in mechanisms which had
a high degree of transparency. In particular, we found it possible
to have arrangements where certain controversial issues were capable
of escalation to full Council where those issues could be the
subject of scrutiny and final decision. The Local Government Act
2000 does not contain provisions which allow matters to be called
in to the full Council in the same way that was possible under
the pilot arrangements. The restrictions upon "call-in"
are a necessary consequence of applying the Local Government Act
2000 provisions and have led to a perception that the Council
has lost a greater degree of sovereignty than was, perhaps, anticipated.
Accordingly, the Council believes that there
is a legitimate case to give further consideration to whether
legislation should be amended to enable a greater degree of participation
in decision-making by the full Council.