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Rotherham abuse. Which 53 councils shut up shop when people came knocking?

Starting in January 2011, I carried out a broad ranging survey of 345 English local authorities (local councils) which was aimed at discovering totals for compromise agreements (settlement agreements) drawn up by each council between 2006 and 2011. Compromise agreements … 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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My second “vexatious” request allegation – courtesy of Wirral Council

Link to the ‘offending’ FoI request on the WhatDoTheyKnow website: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/unscrutinised_machinations_permi This has been appealed to the ICO in the following terms on 19th June 2013 (which has been updated in places today) e.g. the amount of public money used to pay … Continue reading

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UPDATE – Somerset County Council up to no good. The ICO – Useless, Ruthless, Toothless

2nd September 2013 It’s taken me a while to put this up on the blog, but here’s a response to a complaint I lodged in May 2013 with the Information Commissioner’s Office: PROTECT  21 June 2013 Case Reference Number FS50496625 Dear … Continue reading

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UPDATED: New figures for Wirral Council’s compromise agreements and gagging clauses

24th November 2013 Update on this story here.  Wirral Council have been concealing the truth once again… 7th August 2013 PLEASE NOTE: I’ll put a tenner down here and now that Wirral Council’s definition of a gagging clause differs to mine. … Continue reading

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How much of the £1 million plus pay-off money did Wirral’s Council leader sanction?

4th August 2013 On 21st June 2013, I noticed that Wirral’s Council leader Phil Davies had started his own blog. The title of his very first post seemed quite promising: “Bringing Council Services Closer to You”.  I noticed that despite … Continue reading

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Wirral Council has just haemorrhaged an extra £455,500… #austerity

12th July 2013 I’ve had a response today to a recent Freedom of Information request, lodged on 15th June 2013.  This is a remarkably quick response time for  this council.  I’m also mightily relieved that despite the theme of the request … Continue reading

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Sir David Nicholson ~ Life in a Bubble

So there we have it.  Another polished masterclass in well-prepared denial has been stealthily delivered; by three devoted servants of the dark arts, all handsomely paid and all now vanishingly distant from the man on the street they are reputed … Continue reading

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UPDATED – Former suspended officers David Green and David Taylor Smith are ££Paid off

26th February 2014 More information here, including dates of departure for pastures new. 14th June 2013 Former Director of Wirral Highways, David Green, the senior officer who…. brought bogus “bullying” charges against me in 2003, but with no comeback; forced … Continue reading

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Public Servants With Attitudes (not nice ones, yikes!)

7th June 2013 Whitewash news… The investigator into, “Why a senior Wirral Council Officer failed to declare an interest”, er…… fails to declare an interest https://t.co/alygqdiFlZ — Wirral In It 2gether (@Wirral_In_It) June 19, 2013 Today, I discovered my local … Continue reading

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