On 10th June 2021 the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, appointed four commissioners for Liverpool City Council. These appointments were made following the completion of a Best Value inspection by Max Caller CBE.
The report was published on 24th March 2021 and gave evidence that the council had failed in numerous ways to comply with its Best Value Duty (Part 1 of the Local Government Act 1999).
The aim of the Best Value Duty is to improve local services in terms of both cost and quality. Local authorities are required to make arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the way in which its functions are exercised, having regard to a combination of economy, efficiency and effectiveness.