The comments made by Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on 10 June 2021.
The decision to intervene is not one I have taken lightly, and it reflects the severity of the failings at Liverpool City Council.
The people of Liverpool have been let down badly. They need to know that public funds are being managed properly. A major change is required to give this great city the civic leadership it deserves and the credibility and respect required to attract investment.
I am thankful to Tony Reeves for setting the council on the path to improvement. I am hopeful that, working alongside these commissioners, the council, led by Mayor Joanne Anderson, can continue to implement rapid and far-reaching changes.