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New Commissioner appointed to Liverpool City Council

A new Commissioner has been appointed to support Liverpool City Council on its improvement journey.

Stephen Hughes, the former Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, will be the Commissioner for Finance.

It follows the publication of a second report into Liverpool City Council by the Commissioners in June which acknowledged that the council had achieved some important tactical milestones, but recommended further intervention.

The report was written before some of the most recent improvements and changes in the organisation, such as the commissioning of contracts, and the appointment of interim Chief Executive Theresa Grant OBE.

Mayor Joanne Anderson, said: “Stephen Hughes is an experienced local government leader. His appointment comes at a time of great challenge for us as we prepare to set out our 2023/2024 budget proposals. His experience will be helpful at this time.

“It is worth noting that the Lead Commissioner, Mike Cunningham, has recognised that we are continuing to improve as an organisation and that there is a huge amount of work ongoing to change systems, processes and our culture.

“The additional intervention is no reflection on the hard work of teams and individuals across the organisation who are delivering improvements and making a positive difference to the lives of residents.”

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