Last chance to have a say on how Liverpool is governed
Residents and businesses in Liverpool have until Monday 20 June to express a preference on how the city is governed.
The consultation asks: “How would you like Liverpool City Council to be run?”
The options are the three forms of governance that are allowed by law:
By a Mayor who is directly elected by voters every 4 years (current system)
By a Leader who is an elected councillor, chosen by a vote of the other elected councillors
By one or more Committees made up of elected councillors
In April, letters were sent to households with a link directing residents to a secure portal, for them to register their preference. Residents have also been given the option request a paper copy of the voting form, if preferred.
To make it as easy as possible for people to have their say, voting forms and ballot boxes have also been placed in the following 18 locations:
The outcome will be reported to Full Council and the elected members will then make the final decision on whether to change governance arrangements, taking into account people’s views.
If Full Council agrees to make a governance change, it will take effect from the elections in May 2023 and will be binding on the Council for five years.
It will still be possible to hold a referendum in this period if a petition of 5% of electors is presented to the council asking for a referendum of Liverpool electors to vote on whether to change the governance model.
City Solicitor, Dan Fenwick, said: “This is the final chance for people to have their say over the future governance of Liverpool City Council.