Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Director has left Arrowe Park Hospital, but they’re not talking… at least not yet

  ↓ 24 grievances were lodged with management.  THREE employees departed.  Update on this story here… Back on 12th January this year, I placed an FoI request with the trust titled, “Payments to Senior Officers”. The first time news surfaced that Sue Green, wife … Continue reading

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Unhelpful ICO response, when a Council gave false information

25th March 2014 A while ago, in response to a request from a third party, Wirral Council declared a false total for its number of compromise agreements. The council are standing by the false declaration. The ICO, many months on, … Continue reading

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HKLSHSW – Austerity Greetings Cards

The new combined Mersey Region Authority… Halton Knowsley Liverpool St Helens Sefton Wirral …is putting the finishing touches to a pioneering alternative approach to employee dispute resolution. HKLSHSW Austerity Greetings Cards These are to be rolled out in a timely response to … Continue reading

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National Audit Office report – Making a Whistleblowing Policy Work

This report, a long time in the making, was published today by the National Audit Office: http://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Making-a-whistleblowing-policy-work.pdf One of the recurring themes within it points to a failure by government bodies to correctly acknowledge whistleblowers, to register their issues, to act on … Continue reading

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Ex Urbe Think Tank Report ~ “Like Pulling Teeth? Freedom of Information in the Liverpool City Region”

Here’s a link to the above FoI report, released in February 2014. http://media.wix.com/ugd/440822_0d8989cd1a69415ea85d1a30f49775ac.pdf Not surprisingly, the foreword to the report features the abysmal performance of Wirral Borough Council. I was extremely happy to find that without my prior knowledge, Ex … Continue reading

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It pays well to train councils in Information Governance / DP / FoI / RIPA

…that’s Data Protection / Freedom of Information / Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. Here’s a post I recently sent to this thread on a data / info  blog, which is a collection of thoughts from Tim Turner, a straight talking, Littlejohn … Continue reading

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How open are Wirral Council about payments above £500 ? Are they OpenlyLocal?

According to the  above website, Openly Local, set up in the interests of helping local authorities to “throw the books open” to their paymasters the general public, Wirral Council is a “UK Council with opened up data”. Back in 2010, … Continue reading

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