Reading Council latest. The emergency safeguarding situation. Here’s some “Private Eye” cuttings.

16 06 18 Private Eye Reading Gotcha

See the following links for more on the unfolding situation in Reading:

An emergency safeguarding message has been left with our representative on Wirral Council, Seacombe Councillor Adrian Jones – 4th June 2018

The causal link between a Wirral Council failure and a safeguarding emergency – 5th June 2018

Safeguarding Emergency. An updating email to Councillor Jo Lovelock, Leader of Reading Council – 13th June 2018

Reading Council latest. We hate saying “We told you so…” but… – 14th June 2018

It looks like holding Wirral and Reading Councils to account is not going to be easy

The following forms more background on Maura Noone (now Head of Adult Care at Reading Council) and Mike Fowler (now a senior finance executive at the charity Brook Young People).

Both were heavily involved in disabled abuse which occurred at Wirral Council over a period of many years.  Their eventual, protected departure arrived in January 2012, just days before the release of a damning independent report, which would have called for their heads if they hadn’t been allowed to bail out by complicit CEO James Wilkie.

Private Eye Nov 2012 with me in



Here’s a clip from Private Eye in November 2012.  It took us TEN long months to eventually squeeze this information out of Wirral Council – this being the precise amount of public money that the abusers shared as part of their generous leaving package – a total of £220,000.


Below, two screenshots from a truly EPIC FOI request placed with abusers Wirral Council, who took ten months to respond…



20 03 13 - private eye wirral number crunchingFollowing this scandal and others in Highways and Social Services, as part of the mopping up operation, more public money was rewarded to the abusive senior officers involved, who were suspended on full pay before being allowed to jump ship, £loaded £down.   These were individuals who were senior enough to “know where the bodies were buried” and therefore couldn’t be allowed to finger their own directors, complicit councillors or the CEO.  So the Wirral council tax payers’ deep pockets were raided again and again in order to protect the top crooks.  The total amount squandered went higher and higher, eventually breaking through £1 million ………….before climbing still further.


private eye 1322 Sept 2012


Even after they’d been caught out unlawfully charging learning disabled people for their Supported Living accommodation over a period of NINE years, the council deliberately downplayed the extent of the financial abuse and offered peanuts in reimbursement.  Three times they tried to get away with offering much smaller amounts and only succeeded in compounding their abuse.


01 11 12 - Private Eye 1326 Wirral


A selection of Wirral Council pay offs (not exhaustive):

David Green, Highways – £103,000

Bill Norman, Law – £146,000

Ian Coleman, Finance – £86,000

David Taylor Smith, Finance £68,000

David Garry, Audit – £46,000

John Webb, DASS – £152,000

Steve Maddocks, CEO – £157,000

James Wilkie, CEO – £111,000

Ian Brand – £68,000

Geoff Paterson – £72,000

Jim Lester – £72,000

Bob Beresford – £71,000

Blind injustice at Wirral Council

And finally… a Wirral Globe article from ten months after Fowler and Noone had fled:

…and one of the comments:

Update on 23rd January 2021

From 8 years ago today…in the Wirral News.

Fowler and Noone comment in the globe from November 2012

Below, two screenshots from a truly EPIC FOI request placed with abusers Wirral Council, who took ten months to respond…

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14 Responses to Reading Council latest. The emergency safeguarding situation. Here’s some “Private Eye” cuttings.

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  2. Bobby47 says:

    In relation to Bill, I’ve said it before and for the sake of nauseating repetition I’ll say it again. Nothing, but nothing will ever stop Bill cleaning up at the public service roulette table. The mans a fucking genius. I don’t know how he does it.
    I’d go as far as to say that Bill could one day get back aboard the gravy train and then even if the Tea Lady delivered him his morning cuppa which wasn’t to his liking and he jumped up out of his chair screaming, ‘you rotten old hag. I said one sugar’, and then proceeded to throttle the life out of the poor woman killing her stone dead in his office in front of witnesses who all filmed the dreadful event, still he’d slide out of the net with a big juicy lump sum gagging payment.
    Further to that, he could drag the lifeless corpse down the stairs, acquire a spade and bury his victim beneath his parking space that reads, ‘Bill Only’ and despite the numerous calls to the local Constabulary saying, ‘Bill killed the Tea Lady’, nothing but nothing would be done to ever explain why this poor woman was murdered by Bill, in Bills Office for what appeared to be an irrational reaction for a bad cup of tea.
    The mans a money making fucking genius and I’ve no idea how he does it!


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