The straight answer to the question posed in our headline above is:
The above 46 councillors. They all knew. But there appears to be a “coming together” and a rare example of cross-party unity on this issue. Labour, Tories, Greens and a solitary Lib Dem, they’re all colluding to say absolutely nothing.
Shame on them all for their ongoing silence, hypocrisy and inaction.
We first discovered that former Wirral Social Services employee Maura Noone had been appointed as Reading Council’s Head of Adult Social Care on 1st June 2018 when we browsed across to the excellent Wirral Leaks blog.
Here’s the Wirral Leaks link, which revealed her appointments at both Northamptonshire Council and later Reading Council:
And the subsequent story, announcing her departure from Reading Council:
In between times, we got busy taking the message about her abusive record to the Reading Council CEO, the Reading Council Leader, the Reading Council Mayor – who blocked us – and the Reading Council member for Adult Social Services.
In case you’re harbouring doubts that abuse of disabled people by a council could have occurred, here’s an admission to precisely this brand of abuse (the theft of £736,756.97 from the bank accounts of learning disabled council tenants overseen by Maura Noone and Mike Fowler over a nine-year period) by Wirral Council themselves:
Thanks for your interest in this. We won’t be re-telling the story here but if you’d like to explore the background and finer detail on this, there are some handy links below.
The original offences were exposed some years ago, investigated, reported upon, taken to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission – who found disability discrimination – and brought before an Information Tribunal, but no senior officer or councillor at Wirral Council was ever properly held to account.
We made a formal submission to the tribunal, cautioning them that should they fail to act, they would be encouraging a dangerous situation – such as the one that occurred at Reading Council – to arise in the future, but we were ignored…
Update on 23rd January 2021
From 8 years ago today…in the Wirral News.
The full history to this dangerous debacle:
Finally, here’s a list of the Councillors / organisations that blocked us on Twitter in response to the news that they themselves had put their own citizens in harm’s way by acting in such a dangerous, negligent and reckless manner: