Whistleblowing, Alleged Corruption and Police Investigations

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

I am currently undertaking a study relating to alleged corruption
and whistleblowing within local authorities across England and
Wales.

Can you therefore answer the questions below:

1. Please state the number of reported whistle blowing cases
involving staff and officers of the authority for 2010, 2011 &
2012,

2. Please state the number of reported whistle blowing cases
involving elected members for 2010, 2011 & 2012

3. Please state the number of cases where wrong doing was found
against a member of staff or elected member for 2010, 2011 & 2012

4. Please state what actions were taken eg: dismissed for gross
misconduct,fraud, theft,a final written warning, a verbal warning,
referred to the Standards and Ethics Board etc

5. Has the Local Police Force ever investigated any members of
staff or officers or elected members for allegations of fraud,
corruption, misappropriation of funds, acceptance of bribes or
gifts contrary to the Bribery Act 2010 or theft?

6. If so what was the outcome of any such investigations

7. Has the local Police Force ever removed property, equipment or
data from any of the Local Authority premises within the last 3
years

8. Please suply a copy of both your Whistleblowing Policy and your
anti Bribery Policy

Yours faithfully,

Dave Thompson

Corrin, Jane, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Good Afternoon,

Thank you for your enquiry below.  Because of the holiday season and the
absence of key officers who can assist with facilitating a response for
you; I would ask for a time extension to respond to you.

 

I can advise that the Council will be able to produce a response to you by
end of week commencing 9th September 2013. I have attached our Anti
Bribery and Whistle blowing policies.

 

Kind Regards

 

Jane Corrin

 

Information and Central Services Manager

 

Transformation and Resources

 

Wirral Council

 

 

 

 

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Dear Corrin, Jane,

Thats fine Jane

Yours sincerely,

Dave Thompson

nigel hobro left an annotation ()

You may contact me at

nigelhobro@gmail.com and I can explain the outcomes from my whistleblowing with WBC

nigel hobro left an annotation ()

so where is the response Jane Corrin promised to supply by 9th September 2013?

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 'Whistleblowing, Alleged Corruption and Police Investigations'.

I was promised a response by Jane Corrin for the 9th September 2013, it is now the 19th October and I am still waiting for the requested information.

The response is long overdue and by law you should have responded within 20 working days, I did allow you more time to collate the information and disappointingly I am still waiting.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/w...

Yours faithfully,

Dave Thompson

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 'Whistleblowing, Alleged Corruption and Police Investigations'.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/w...

Yours faithfully,

Dave Thompson

Corrin, Jane, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr. Thompson,

I refer to your request for an internal review; please accept my apologies
for the delay in responding to you.  I have detailed the Council’s
responses alongside your original questions below.

Kind Regards

Jane Corrin

Information and Central Services Manager

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

 

From: Dave Thompson [mailto:[FOI #170245 email]]
Sent: 24 July 2013 23:03
To: InfoMgr, FinDMT
Subject: FOI 703631 - Dave Thompson - Whistleblowing, Alleged Corruption
and Police Investigations

 

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

 

I am currently undertaking a study relating to alleged corruption  and
whistleblowing within local authorities across England and  Wales.

 

Can you therefore answer the questions below:

 

1. Please state the number of reported whistle blowing cases involving
staff and officers of the authority for 2010, 2011 &  2012,

Answer 2010 = Zero; 2011 = 2; 2012 = 6

 

2. Please state the number of reported whistle blowing cases involving
elected members for 2010, 2011 & 2012

Answer Zero

 

3. Please state the number of cases where wrong doing was found against a
member of staff or elected member for 2010, 2011 & 2012

Answer 2010 and 2011 = Zero; 2012 = 1 upheld.

 

4. Please state what actions were taken eg: dismissed for
gross misconduct, fraud, theft, a final written warning, a verbal
warning, referred to the Standards and Ethics Board etc.

Answer: This information is exempt information under Section 40(2) of The
Freedom of Information Act 2000.  Please see further detail of why we have
relied on this exemption below.

 

The Council has relied on section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act
2000, the Council can place reliance on this section when disclosure of
the information requested may breach The Data Protection Act 1998. 

 

The legislation specifies that Data Controllers, such as the Council,
have to comply with the 8 Data Protection principles.

The first principle, which is set out in Schedule 1 of the Act stats that 
a Personal Data may only be processed where it is fair and lawful to do
so  and where one of the conditions set out in Schedule 2 are satisfied. I
do not believe that any of the conditions in Schedule 2 are met. 

 

To advise you further I have detailed Schedule 2 below:-

 

SCHEDULE 2- CONDITIONS RELEVANT FOR PURPOSES OF THE FIRST PRINCIPLE:

PROCESSING OF ANY PERSONAL DATA

 

1. The data subject has given his consent to the processing.

 

2. The processing is necessary-

 

(a) for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a 
party, or

(b) for the taking of steps at the request of the data subject  with a
view to entering into a contract.

 

3. The processing is necessary for compliance with any legal obligation
to which the data controller is subject, other than an obligation imposed
by  contract.

 

4. The processing is necessary in order to protect the vital interests
of the data subject.

 

5. The processing is necessary-

 

(a) for the administration of justice,

 

(b) for the exercise of any functions conferred on any person by or under 
any enactment,

 

(c) for the exercise of any functions of the Crown, a Minister of the 
Crown or a government department, or

 

(d) for the exercise of any other functions of a public nature exercised 
in the public interest by any person.

 

6. - (1) The processing is necessary for the purposes of legitimate 
interests pursued by the data controller or by the third party or parties 
to whom the data are disclosed, except where the processing is
unwarranted  in any particular case by reason of prejudice to the rights
and freedoms  or legitimate interests of the data subject.

 

5. Has the Local Police Force ever investigated any members of  staff or
officers or elected members for allegations of fraud,  corruption,
misappropriation of funds, acceptance of bribes or  gifts contrary to the
Bribery Act 2010 or theft?

Answer No

 

6. If so what was the outcome of any such investigations

N/A

 

7. Has the local Police Force ever removed property, equipment or  data
from any of the Local Authority premises within the last 3  years

Answer No

 

8. Please supply a copy of both your Whistleblowing Policy and your  anti
Bribery Policy

Answer Already supplied

 

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner, if  you
are dissatisfied with the outcome of this internal review

[1]https://www.ico.org.uk/Global/contact_us

 

Kind regards

Jane Corrin

Information and Central Services Manager

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

 

 

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Stefan Ellis left an annotation ()

I think that question 4 can best be answered by asking how many people left with a shed load of cash because it was a "cheaper option" than going to court. Ah! Thanks be to the data protection act.

Martin Morton left an annotation ()

Dave
My case was prior to your request and was originally deemed not to be a whistleblowing case as Social Services held a file called "Whistleblowing" and my case wasn't in it so ergo I wasn't a whistleblower! .
A waste of £30 million of public money is associated with my case.
The police were involved and told me they would put in "too difficult tray" .
My Harassment claim against the Council was settled on July 17th 2014.
Regards,Martin