World Cup: the state of our democracy watch

How cities bidding to host the 2018 World Cup have used the local democratic process:

Newcastle
Report to Cabinet on 15 July along with publication of 139-page Outline Bid SubmissionUpdate Report to Cabinet on 11 November
Final Decision to be made at Cabinet on 25 November

Sunderland
Motion at Full Council on 24 June to support England World Cup Bid and promote Sunderland as a venue.
Report to Cabinet on 4 November.

Leeds
Report to cabinet on 13 May including copy of slide from FA showing key issues for consideration.
Report to cabinet on 17 June
Report to cabinet on 22 July with links to Elland Road Masterplan for stadium area
Report to cabinet for final approval to be made on 24 November

Sheffield
Scrutiny Committee on 11 November prior to Cabinet meeting
Report to Cabinet on 11 November including locally produced impact study.

Liverpool
Report to Cabinet on 6 November including Host City Bid Summary, 42-page Applicant Host City Engagement Process, and letter regarding Government Guarantees from Department for Culture, Media & Sport

Manchester
Report to Cabinet on 10 September

Hull
Report to Cabinet on 17 November

Nottingham
Report to Cabinet on 28 July
Report to Cabinet by Rushcliffe Borough on 17 July (Nottingham is pursuing its bid in partnership with its neigbouring borough and the county council)

Derby
Report and decision to submit bid approved at Full Council on 4 November
Updated report to Full Council on 18 November

Leicester
Report to Scrutiny 24 September
Report to Cabinet 5 October
Report to Cabinet for 23 November
Report to go to Full Council on 25 November

Milton Keynes
Discussed at Full Council 9 June
Report to Cabinet 27 October

Birmingham
Brief discussion at scrutiny meetings in September and in October.

Portsmouth
Report to cabinet scheduled for 24 November
Motion to full council for 24 November accompanied by 126-page report.

Plymouth
Motion to submit World Cup Bid to be considered at Full Council on 23 November. Report published to guide decision.

and finally,

Bristol
Scrutiny on 20 November with 66-page report published on 17 November.
Cabinet Meeting on 24 November with call-in suspended.

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9 Responses to World Cup: the state of our democracy watch

  1. Captain Nemo says:

    Oh, to live near the stadium and erect a massive sign on my roof with ‘Fuck FIFA’ on it:).

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  3. Seebag says:

    Marvellous to see Gormlessdroyd cut through all that cumbersome bureaucratic responsible democracy lark and get straight to the point.

  4. are they all reporting similar costs to stage matches?

  5. thebristolblogger says:

    Most are reporting costs of £15m, although this is subject to change due to the nature of the contractual agreements with FIFA.

    Bristol, however is committed to at least a further £16m of expenditure to expand the new stadium’s seating.

  6. Bristol Dave says:

    I see they’ve had their “inventive” calculators out – apparently the bid is now worth £250m.

    I rather suspect this figure has about the same amount of credibility as the alleged monetary loss to record companies from filesharing – i.e. completely fabricated.

    In the same way it’s impossible to calculate how many filesharers would have purchased the CD if they couldn’t download it, it’s impossible to predict accurately how much money will be spent by “tourism”

  7. Rob, Crews Hole says:

    Portsmouth’s Council decided the financial risk was too much – see http://tinyurl.com/yarvvae

    That must increase the chance of Bristol being selected given that the FA want to spread the event around the country as much as possible.

  8. inks says:

    “Hosting World Cup football matches in Bristol could bring a £250m boost to the local economy, a meeting of the city council has been told.”

    The “could” kind of gives the game away.

    “The council’s report, based on research by business advisors PricewaterhouseCoopers, predicts the World Cup could bring up to two million visitors and create thousands of job.”

    Two million visitors? Pull the other one – it’s got bells on.

  9. dreamingspire says:

    BBC1 TV lunchtime news Thursday, around 13.22, re World Cup 2018 bid, BBC reporter said: “The Local Authority in Bristol has already underwritten an ambitious new stadium”.

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