WBC - DASS - 4 Week Delay Assurances

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Wirral Borough Council implemented a 4 week delay in provision of services to vulnerable adults.

This issue was raised as a whistleblowing concern.


It later transpired that the policy was linked implicitly to budget concerns and is explicitly detailed in the minutes of the BUDGET MEETING chaired by Rick O'Brien current head of branch assessment at Wirral Borough Council.


The legal advice may be presented on the following link to the satirical website Wirral Leaks:


The Council had to admit that there had been a 4 week delay:


However the whistleblower had previously been contacted by the then Director of Social Services Howard Cooper that he was satisfied that there was no 4 week delay.

This is contrary to the minutes:


Please disclose the following:

1. Any Emails from Rick O'Brien to Howard Cooper regarding the 4 week delay
2. Any file / investigation / precise / summary / conclusion into the 4 week delay assuring Howard Cooper that there was no 4 week delay
3. Any minutes from any meeting detailing conversations around the 4 week delay
4. Any further documentation providing context to Howard Cooper from any senior officer - particularly Rick O'Brien about the 4 week delay
5. Any notes, emails or aide memoirs of Howard Cooper that provided him with satisfaction that there was no 4 week delay.
6. The process of which he reached his decision that there was no 4 week delay in the provision of care packages to vulnerable adults
7. The email from Howard Cooper to the Whistleblower detailing his statement.

Yours faithfully,

Pete Sheffield

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'WBC - DASS - 4 Week Delay Assurances'.

This request is late.

Yours faithfully,

Pete Sheffield

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

I have passed this to the ICO.

Yours faithfully,

Pete Sheffield

Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

The report into the Four Week Delay was not however "Independent".

According to senior manager Steven Rowley (now departed from Wirral) the person selected to carry it out, Rob Vickers, failed to declare beforehand that he had no prior association with Wirral Council. His findings are therefore invalidated as he did not prove his independence.

He found that there was no case to answer.

When the 'dust had settled', Rob Vickers' company was provided with work, one could even say "rewarded", at a day rate of £515 - which equates to over £100,000 per year.

There is much more analysis here:


And here:


Corrin, Jane, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Good Morning,

Please see attached documents as Wirral Council’s response to your request
for an Internal Review.

Kind Regards

Jane Corrin

Information Manager

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council


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