The government “prepares to take control of the city of Liverpool” after allegations of corruption | UK News
The government is considering controlling Liverpool City Council in the wake of corruption allegations and the arrest of Mayor Joe Anderson, Sky News understands.
Communities Minister Robert Jenrik confirmed that he received a report from local government inspectors investigating financial irregularities in awarding construction contracts in the city.
According to The Telegraph, Mr. Jinrik “likely” would order the commissioners to take over the day-to-day operations of the Liverpool Because of a “damning indictment” from the council.
Local government inspector Max Kohler was appointed by Mr. Genrik to lead the investigation.
He has already reportedly briefed lawmakers in the region of the results, which will be published this week
Anderson remains on bail after he was arrested in December of last year on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and intimidation of witnesses.
The 63-year-old insisted the allegations were unfounded and said he was suing Merseyside Police for wrongful arrest.
Deputy Mayor Wendy Simon has taken over as mayor of Liverpool on an interim basis while the investigation continues.