Whistleblowers assembled in Committee Room 1 to hear apologies from Wirral Council over a toxic whistleblowing saga involving secrecy, national, local and regional government, internal and external audit, the private sector, ££££s, senior managers, contracts and Wirral Council

A nasty state of affairs, which dragged on for years. The wretchedness of this was never acknowledged by now outgoing CEO Graham “Mistakes” Burgess. It looks like rather than recognise dodgy behaviour for what it was, he tried his best to sweep the theft of public money on a grand scale under the expensive, spanking new Town Hall carpet.

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Nigel Hobro (standing) addresses a special meeting of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of Wirral Council 8th October 2014 L to R Cllr Adam Sykes, Cllr David Elderton, Andrew Mossop, Surjit Tour, Nigel Hobro (c) John Brace Nigel Hobro (standing) addresses the Audit and Risk Management Committee of Wirral Council 8th October 2014 L to R Cllr Adam Sykes, Cllr David Elderton, Andrew Mossop, Surjit Tour, Nigel Hobro (c) John Brace | still taken from video

Above is a playlist of all parts of the Audit and Risk Management Committee (Wirral Council) meeting of 8th October 2014 held in Committee Room 1, Wallasey Town Hall starting at 6.00pm (apologies for recording problems)

Audit and Risk Management Committee
Cllr Jim Crabtree (Chair, Labour)
Cllr Ron Abbey (Vice-Chair, Labour)
Cllr Paul Doughty (Labour)
Cllr Matthew Patrick (Labour)
Cllr John Hale (Conservative spokesperson)
Cllr Adam Sykes (Conservative)
Cllr David Elderton (Conservative)
Cllr Stuart Kelly (Lib Dem spokesperson)

The Audit and Risk Management Committee of Wirral Council met for a special meeting about BIG/ISUS on the evening of 8th October 2014 whilst a thunderstorm raged outside Wallasey Town Hall. This was…

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2 Responses to Whistleblowers assembled in Committee Room 1 to hear apologies from Wirral Council over a toxic whistleblowing saga involving secrecy, national, local and regional government, internal and external audit, the private sector, ££££s, senior managers, contracts and Wirral Council

  1. John Brace says:

    Thanks for reblogging this. Judging by what happened at the meeting itself (which was adjourned twice and meant I couldn’t cover the Wirral Schools Forum on the same night), the organisation has difficulties responding to whistleblowing.

    As a former employee yourself, whose ultimate boss Dave Green was suspended, then made redundant? you probably know all about the bad things that happen in a large bureacracy! Interestingly, the last Cabinet meeting on Thursday had an item on street lighting.

    • Wirral In It Together says:

      Green was whitewashed by Richard Penn, who’s currently defending another senior officer in trouble (his speciality). See here:

      http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Probe-suspended-Derby-City-Council-finance-chief/story-23060121-detail/story.html

      The public are forced to ask the question: why was a full time servant of the senior officers’ union ALACE brought in to investigate Green (and Norman and Coleman and Taylor-Smith)? Because he ain’t bleedin’ impartial – by NO stretch of the imagination.

      Neither did Penn publicly declare “no prior interest” when commissioned. So yet another duff ‘investigation’ comes to pass and 100s of thousands in public money is extorted to salve their hurt feelings…. that’s on top of the uninterrupted salaries.

      I’ll be watching the above Derby City Council case with interest!

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