Today at 2:30pm I will be attending my fourth Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority (MITA) Annual General Meeting, being held at Merseytravel Headquarters in Hatton Garden in Liverpol. Amongst other things the AGM determines the make up of the committee structure for the coming year.
This year, perhaps more than any other year, and in view of the financial difficulties that the ITA, as well as the country is facing I believe we as elected members need to lead by example and show that we are prepared to reduce the cost of politics within our organisation, by making changes to the Special Responsibility Allowances paid to Councillors.
I believe we have an opportunity to send a message to the public we serve by making some very simple and sensible changes to the committee structure, that will save between £25,000 and £35,000 a year, on a total cost of some £150,000 currently paid . This afternoon it is my intention to move an amendment from the floor that will, if supported make substantial savings. Will the Authority, led and controlled by New Labour stalwort Mark Dowd agree to support these sensible changes? We will find out this afternoon.
The AGM is a public meeting so if you want to come along to see what goes on feel free to do so.