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Information Commissioner Publishes Discretionary Housing Payments Decision Notice

Here is the link to this decision notice. https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-taken/decision-notices/2017/2172699/fs50684466.pdf Following allegations of Wirral Council’s abuse of vulnerable benefit claimants, DHP audit failure and an ongoing breach of statutory law, this was a successful Freedom of Information request we placed with … Continue reading

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Wirral Council Fails to Withhold Crucial Discretionary Housing Payments Report

Victory is sweet We can now report that the Information Commissioner has – after a long delay – found in our favour and Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council now have 30 days to put their house in order and provide the … Continue reading

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#Brickgate – Angela Eagle – Merseyside Police Change Their Position on Freedom of Information Request

11th September 2016 Background We lodged the following original Freedom of Information request with Merseyside Police on 2nd August 2016:   https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/alleged_brick_thrown_through_comhttps://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/alleged_brick_thrown_through_com The police responded by refusing, withholding the information and quoting two exemptions. Merseyside Police originally said they weren’t obliged to … Continue reading

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#Brickgate FOI request – A response is in from Merseyside Police

12th August 2016 We lodged the following FOI request on 2nd August 2016: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/alleged_brick_thrown_through_comhttps://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/alleged_brick_thrown_through_com The police say they are not obliged to supply most of the information and have responded with exemptions under Section 30 (Criminal investigations and proceedings) and Section … Continue reading

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#Brickgate – Angela Eagle MP – Freedom of Information Request to Merseyside Police

2nd August 2016 On 16th July 2016 the following FOI request was lodged with Merseyside Police.  It was done by a publicly-engaged, public-spirited person who was quick to see the possibility / likelihood that national and local newspapers had come … Continue reading

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Paul Cardin appears on www.bastionradio.com

6th April 2015 The other day I was invited onto Bastion Radio, a Bristol-based up and coming internet service run by Mike West and Kai Holloway. They’d seen a few of my tweets and posts and were interested in hearing all about … 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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Was there any coaching prior to 9th Sept Public Accounts Committee starring Patten and Thompson?

9th September 2013 I lodged my first ever Freedom of Information request with the BBC today: → From: Paul Cardin 9 September 2013         Dear British Broadcasting Corporation, This FoI request relates to a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee which was held … Continue reading

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All Wirral “independent” investigations are now rendered invalid…

The final outcome of this long running saga: After wriggling on the hook for many long months, the council was finally forced to admit that it has no external investigations policy or procedure.   All external investigations previously flagged as … 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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