Dear Wirral Borough Council,
I made a FOI request as the Data Subject on 29/6/09 asking for copies of reports that were written about myself by Wirral Council's Department of Adult Social Services Service Manager Mark Jones in 2007.
I received the following reply on 13/8/09:
I must make sure you understand the current situation and I want to be as clear as possible so there is no misunderstanding. Wirral Council has no knowledge of these alleged reports ever having existed and we have no copies of them on our systems. As I have stressed previously, neither DASS HR or Corporate HR or our Group Solicitor; who were all involved with your grievance/ whistleblowing has ever had sight of any such reports.
I understand this is not the response you wanted, but it is a truthful answer and I have asked all appropriate personnel about the alleged reports. This is why I took the liberty of sending you all the information that we do hold so the Council is being as open and transparent as possible.
I am sorry I am unable to help you further in this particular matter.
Notwithstanding the erroneous and patronising response I assert that these reports have always existed and there are at least 4 witnesses (including myself) who can testify to the fact that these reports were accessible on the internal Wirral Council server in May 2007.
Furthermore I know that these reports were entitled: "Personal Treatment" and "MM Grievance Analysis".
For clarification the former report starts off with the statement that "Martin is always right" and concludes that "Everyone despises him".
The latter report is much more concerning as it contains such comments as "State or imply that MM was abusing sick leave(!)" and Mr.Jones requests access to my confidential Occupational Health reports.
Whilst I accept that Mr.Jones was married to my line manager (Sheila Finnigan-Jones) at this particular time,I cannot accept that this gave him legitimate access to my medical records.
Therefore this particular FOI request is concerned with the following:
a) Confirmation that the above reports "Personal Treatment" and "MM Grievance Analysis" written by DASS employee Mark Jones were saved on the Wirral Council server in 2007 and acknowledgement and full public access be made to these documents.
b) Full details of Wirral Council employees to whom these reports were forwarded to ( It has been alleged by a cedible witness that a former DASS Director requested that Mr.Jones worked from home for a nember of days to compile the above reports so I can only assume that Mr.Jones did not embark on these reports for his own amusement)
c) Copies of all correspondence from Mark Jones requesting access to my confidential Occupational Health records.
As I am requesting forensic examination of historical electronic records (which I understand from working for Wirral Council should be readily available) I wish to be advised as to whether there will be a "reasonable charge".
Dear Wirral Borough Council,
Please can an internal review of the attached original request be actioned.
Thank you for your email below. An ICT Officer has conducted a
historical search across documents held within the time frame specified;
using key search words and the following attached documents were
There may be some repetition in the documents and you may have already
had sight of some of the content from your original request for
However I have included the 4 documents and hope you find the
information of use.
Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
I originally requested two of these documents (which I always knew existed) on 11th October 2007 when I asked DASS HR Manager Tom Ryan to access my personnel file.
This resulted in the infamous shred-fest which Mr.Ryan authorised on the same day and subsequently lied about and despite an appeal to DASS Director John Webb soon after to investigate this incident I have had to wait until August 2010 for definitive evidence that DASS managers have colluded with a co-ordinated and callous cover-up (forgive the alliteration).
The 2 additional documents you have provided (and for which I thank you) are curious as the the authorship is ambiguous.The contents are direct quotes from correspondence I received in a letter from former DASS Director Kevin Miller in 2007.
However can you please confirm that the "Analysis of
Martin Morton's Grievance" document was written by Mark Jones (writing in the third person).
Considering the time delay in confirming the existance of these documents (which as my original request details were originally denied) I can't help but be taken aback by the sheer breathtaking cynicism of releasing the documents two weeks after the announcement of a full Independent Enquiry into this scandalous case.
I'm not shooting the messenger here.It must be utterly dispiriting that your so called loyal and honest colleagues would compromise you in such a way.
Thank you for your email below. I have checked the properties stored on
the documents in question and there is no author's name; I am unable
therefore to confirm the identity of the author of the documents.
Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
Thank you for trying.
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