THE newly-formed Birkenhead Constituency Committee met for the first time last week.
We’re doing something that no other area of the country has done before. We are looking at every penny of public money spent in Birkenhead and asking whether or not it is being spent in a way that delivers the best possible results for local taxpayers.
The committee is focused on outcomes. Is public health funding delivering longer life expectancy and reducing infant mortality? Are our streets as clean as they should be? Are the current funding arrangements for our emergency services helping to create safer communities, and do people feel safer as a result?
These are early days, but we will eventually be in a position to monitor and commission all public monies that are spent in Birkenhead.
All information on public budgets will be provided on a consistent basis to allow us to cut out what isn’t working and make decisions that deliver real and visible benefits to our local community.
In focusing on outcomes, a resident from Devonshire Park asked a question at the meeting which goes to the crux of our work.
What do we want Birkenhead to be like in 10 years’ time?
So please tell us, what are your aspirations for Birkenhead that would make it look different in 10 years from now?
How do you think public money should be spent to achieve this?
Might you please let me know on email@example.com or write to me at House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA?