A proven abuser was appointed to Head of Adult Social Services at Reading Council – but who’s been involved in covering it all up?

Reading 48 x councillors 2018 to 2019

Member for Adult Social Services at the time of the appointment was Councillor Tony Jones

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:


wirral council disabled abuse statement

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

7 Thousands endangered in Reading. Here’s the FOI request spelling it all out. Yet still… Wirral Council FAILED

8 It’s “Wirral In It Together” ……as the Wirral Tory Leader closes ranks to march in step with his Labour chums

9 Reading Council Safeguarding emergency. Confirmation of Noone and Fowler’s compromise agreements

10 Our local councillor Adrian Jones washes his hands of Wirral Council abuse, then passes the buck to Reading Council

11 A crime suspect is chased through Wallasey by the police. What happened next…? And do we have our priorities right……..??

12 High Noone at Reading Council. Danger averted…

13 We tried exposing a safeguarding emergency in Reading, but came up against an obstacle… er, a journalist!

14 A response is now in to the Reading Council / Maura Noone FOI request

15 https://wirralinittogether.blog/2018/09/09/a-reading-green-party-councillor-fails-to-notify-the-public-that-reading-labour-council-had-appointed-an-abuser-as-head-of-adult-social-care/

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:

wirral council blocking

Reading Council blocking

Debs Edwards Mayor blocking

Jan Gavin blocking

David Absolom blocking

Debs Absolom blocking

About Wirral In It Together

Campaigner for open government. Wants senior public servants to be honest and courageous. It IS possible!
This entry was posted in General. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to A proven abuser was appointed to Head of Adult Social Services at Reading Council – but who’s been involved in covering it all up?


  2. Pingback: Two lovely policewomen knocked on our door today. Wirral Labour Councillor Adrian Jones had accused us of ‘harassment’ | Wirral In It Together

  3. Pingback: The new Chairman of @spiritofshankly is former Wirral “Super” Director Joe Blott. Let’s take a closer look. | Wirral In It Together

  4. Pingback: That time when a Wirral Council senior abuser of disabled people applied for “the right to be forgotten”. How fucking dangerously cynical can one human being be? | Wirral In It Together

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.