LIVERPOOL Mayor Joe Anderson has sent Communities Secretary Eric Pickles a train ticket so he can come to the city and see the impact of Government cuts.
The council has arranged for transport authority Merseytravel to issue a rail warrant for Mr Pickles to travel on any train from Liverpool to London.
The Mayor said he would pick up the cost of the two standard class tickets himself, so there’s no cost to the tax payer or other rail users.
Mr Pickles has not yet responded to the mayor, and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issued its standard response to questions about cuts.
Liverpool has already lost £141m due to government cuts and is due to lose another £143m over the coming four years.
The Labour leader said he had invited Mr Pickles to a recent “cuts conference” in Liverpool but the Tory minister had been unable to attend.
He said this would have allowed Mr Pickles to see: “the facts that you and your officials dispute either through ignorance or in a deliberate attempt to smear and to undermine the truth about the impact of the cuts I am highlighting.