The damning report into Liverpool Direct Limited in full
Even before the Daily Post and ECHO had reported the findings of the damning report into Liverpool Direct Limited, the company was already briefing staff that the article would be misleading.
Here is a statement that appeared on LDL's internal intranet on Friday. A similarly worded message appeared on the council's own intranet and was sent to Labour councillors this week.
A story is likely to appear in the local press early next week about Liverpool Direct Limited (LDL), the council's joint venture with BT with misleading headlines around costs and charges. The story is based on a draft report prepared by consultants who we understand are no longer engaged by the city council. This draft report has been leaked to the media. This is very unfortunate and I know this is not the way the council wishes to conducts its business.
A number of the draft report's findings are based on assumptions which need to be tested. Liverpool Direct Limited has not yet had sight of this report and therefore has had no opportunity to comment on this work. Until a full appraisal is carried out by all parties, the report does not represent the council's views. As you would expect the city council keeps all its contracts under constant review to ensure the taxpayer receives value for money and that the council receives the highest quality in the wide range of services provided.
The council is currently discussing with BT and Liverpool Direct Limited the 'refresh' of the Partnership to ensure the council continues to receive value for money and to make the most of the relationship. The District Auditor is fully aware of these negotiations.
Whilst disappointing to receive such negative media coverage based on draft reports we must all remain totally focused on delivering only the highest standards of performance and customer service. Please keep up the great work.
Liverpool Direct Limited Management Team
Misleading our articles certainly were not. They were a completely accurate portrayal of the report, one which the council has shown no desire to make public.
When we were enquiring about said report the council did not state in its response that it was a draft report, albeit these are often more illuminating than the finished polished version.
Interesting there is no suggestion in the document that it is a draft. And in three months since it was written it has not yet been amended.