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UPDATE – #FoI request ~ Findings From 3 Month Monitoring of Wirral Council

My latest Freedom of Information request.  This one is made to the Information Commissioner’s office: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/findings_from_3_month_monitoring From: Paul Cardin 10 April 2013 Dear Information Commissioner’s Office, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council was the only UK local authority to be monitored by … Continue reading

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#FoI Request: Please name the councillors who attended / didn’t attend their training sessions

28th March 2013 https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/councillors_attending_not_attend Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, Please refer to the following link to a document on the Wirral.gov.uk webpage. http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/documents… This refers to a Council Excellence Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 26th March 2013. Please scroll … Continue reading

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Was Anna Klonowski’s investigation truly independent?

    ttp://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/consultant_anna_klonowski_declar   The above FoI request was placed in May 2012.  Two springs ago.  Wirral Council acknowledged receipt 7 months later in December 2012.  The winter before last.  So it’s the customary, not exactly timely response. It’s pretty … Continue reading

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MORE NEWS: Cheques, fibs and video tape. Wirral Council’s ongoing cover up…

10th November 2012 This first Freedom of Information request, placed with Wirral Council’s Information Governance section is looking for costs and further information around the reputed ordering and supply of a turquoise and green range of plush office furniture, reputedly … Continue reading

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#FoI Request ~ Secret agreement allowing suspended Ian Coleman to leave Wirral Council

5th October 2012 The FoI request:  http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/secret_agreement_allowing_suspen More on Coleman here, from the Local Government Chronicle, including some far-fetched guff about how it would cost the public over a million “if we don’t act decisively in their interest.” It’s not … Continue reading

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#FoI request ~ Discovery of Wirral Council’s failure to record compromise agreements

“Let’s hide away everyone.  Because then…. ….it’s not really happening” → Total numbers for Compromise Agreements (full & final settlements for departing employees) I lodged a previous request on this subject back in January 2011.  This was one of 345 separate requests made to … Continue reading

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Wirral Council to be monitored AGAIN for poor performance by Information Commissioner

‘TIMELINESS’ 21st December 2012 As Christmas approaches, it was announced today that Wirral Council are one of only 4 public bodies to face a three month period of ICO monitoring, commencing in January 2013.  They are the only English Council … Continue reading

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Opinion of Senior Counsel, Hugh Tomlinson QC, on Freedom of Information ban by Cheshire West and Chester Council –

Following Cheshire West & Chester Council’s hideously misconceived “ban” on my statutory FoI and personal Data Protection querying rights, the time has come to release the opinion of Senior Counsel Hugh Tomlinson QC, who has granted his permission. This “ban” … Continue reading

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UPDATED – Concealing malpractice / enabling abuse with a Compromise Agreement / Gagging Clause

FoI and Local Authority Gagging Clauses In October 2009, a council employee, in dispute and soon to lose his job, opted to sign a compromise agreement.  The document and its terms were placed before him, as a ‘full and final … Continue reading

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FoI / DP Gagging clauses – Did the Information Commissioner use them in its own compromise agreements?

Full marks to this FoI requester – for using WhatDoTheyKnow to take a thorny issue to the heart of the ICO – the UK regulating body, overseeing information and data.  On the surface, this request may seem cheeky / provocative … Continue reading

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