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Wirral #FoI news. Complainant ‘accidentally’ identified on Wirral Council Website

11th July 2012 The following FoI request was placed today, after the identity of a Highways Department complainant was ‘accidentally’ made available to the whole world via the Wirral Council Website. This was in relation to the HESPE contract, awarded to COLAS in … Continue reading

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Compromise Agreements ~ Their Impact on Equal Pay Claims

A landmark judgment was announced recently by the UK Supreme Court, allowing equal pay claims to be brought in the Civil Courts, where in the past the only route was through the Employment Tribunal: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/25/victory-birmingham-equal-pay?newsfeed=true A key factor in this decision … Continue reading

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Wirral Council’s 4 Week Delay helpline investigation – was it ‘INDEPENDENT’?

UPDATE   8th March 2013 http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/10277667.SPECIAL_REPORT__Four_week_care_delay_inquiry_branded_a__whitewash_/ The above link is to an article from today’s Wirral Globe, revealing the late publication of the choreographed Four Week Delay whitewash.  This non-independent and thoroughly insulting report is held at the following location on … Continue reading

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#FoI Request ~ to Wirral Council. Departure of CEO Jim Wilkie

7th June 2012 This was the date of departure of Chief Executive Jim Wilkie from Wirral Council. It occurred a few hours before the release on the 8th June of the long awaited damning District Auditor’s report into the multi-million … Continue reading

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UPDATED ~ Wirral Borough Council's Ex-CEO, Steve Maddox. Controversial early departure

UPDATE   December 2012 This request appeared on the ICO’s highlights for the year 2012, in the NORTH WEST section: http://www.ico.gov.uk/news/latest_news/2012/ico-highlights-information-revealed-by-foi-in-your-area-20122012.aspx 18th February 2012 This week, I received an important and favourable Decision Notice from the Information Commissioner – here 13 … 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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Gagging Clauses – Comment added to Opendata Consultation – October 2011

The following comment has been added to the Government’s Opendata Consultation (recently ended): “Two UK Councils have implemented a means of preventing ex-employees from exercising their future FoI / DP querying rights.  These were drawn up within compromise agreements following … Continue reading

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Use of the FOI / DP Gagging Clause – some UK Local Authorities publicly frown upon it

Actual UK Local Authority quotes on the use of FOI / DP related “gagging clauses” Both Cheshire West and Chester Council and Brent Borough Council have used a “gagging clause” within a compromise agreement to prevent former employees from getting … Continue reading

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#FoI Request 005/11 ~ Cheshire West and Chester – Register of Senior Officers’ Personal Interests

Senior Officers – a Requirement to Declare and Register Personal Interests This request was updated by Cheshire West and Chester Council on 30th August, with some very good news. My internal review has been upheld.  The council had failed to … Continue reading

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How can an employer remove your statutory #FOI querying rights? Read all about it here…

10th December 2012 Word reaches me that Simon Goacher, #QuackCWaC Head of Legal and ‘Democratic’ Services, he of the undemocratic, unscrutinised FOI / DP ban (see below) that they sought to impose on me when I left the council back … Continue reading

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