NEWS ROUNDUP: Council scrutiny & Bootle canalside
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The government will intervene in the running of Liverpool City Council. Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick says reports he commissioned into Liverpool council "paints a deeply concerning picture of mismanagement, breakdown of scrutiny and accountability". Government appointed commissioners will be sent to take control of to the council's planning, property management, highways and regeneration departments.
Further small grants will be given to Liverpool taxi drivers who have faced massive cuts to income over the past year. A report to the council's cabinet said drivers have been extremely hard hit by the pandemic, suffering from the effect of lockdowns and continued curbs on the hospitality sector.
Works to transform Bootle's canalside into a new events and entertainment space are now underway. Sefton Council and its partners want the area, on Washington Parade, to become a new staple destination in the social events calendar this coming summer.
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