Wirral Community Transport

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Dear Charity Commission for England and Wales,

In May 2009 administrators closed down the Charity known as Wirral Community Transport, charity registration number 1075518.
Could you please let my have all documents you have in relation to any complaints, enquiries , investigations or conclusions conducted into this charity for as far back in time as is possible

Yours faithfully,

Dave rimmer

FC Email Team, Charity Commission for England and Wales

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Dear Mr Rimmer,

Wirral Community Transport Limited

Thank you for your email dated 25 June 2014 containing a request for
information which falls to be responded to under the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”).  You have specifically requested
all documents we have in relation to any complaints, enquiries ,
investigations or conclusions conducted into the above charity (which was
removed from the Register of Charities on 1 December 2009) for as far back
in time as is possible.

Under the FOIA, our duty is to provide information we hold on request and
then only in so far as we are not precluded from disclosure under data
protection legislation or FOI exemptions against disclosure.

I would firstly advise you that the Charity Commission has a records
retention policy to keep documents for six years. Whilst this is the case,
I would advise that we do sometimes hold documentation for a longer period
and this is the case in respect of the above charity. I have therefore
attached copies of the documentation we hold in this respect.

I have not attached any correspondence which took place between you and
the Commission on the understanding that you would already have copies of
these.

I would however advise that we were provided with certain information in
confidence. I have therefore not included this within the documentation I
have provided. However as stated above our duty is to provide information
we hold, therefore whilst I have not included the said document, I can
provide information as to what this related to.

We were firstly asked if we could provide advice in respect of demands of
payments being received by an individual by various organisations.  We
were also advised of another charity (not the one to which you have
addressed your FOIA request) whose trading arm appeared to have been
suffering financial losses.

In our reply we advised that the individual should contact the charity’s
Liquidator concerning the first issue. In respect of the second issue we
referred the individual to our CC47 publication “Complaints about
charities” and advised the individual that if they were satisfied that
their complaint is a matter the Commission would be able to take up then
we required full details in order to consider the matter further.

I would advise that Section 40(2) of the FOIA provides that information is
exempt information where it is personal information relating to a third
party and disclosure of this information would contravene the principles
of the Data Protection Act 1998. Therefore I would advise you that I have
redacted personal information relating to third parties from the attached
documentation. As the size of the attachment may have proved too big to
send electronically as one document I have split them into two documents.

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Yours sincerely

Jim Gerrard

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Dear FC Email Team,
I have studied in detail the correspondence supplied to me. As an ex employee of Wirral Community Transport (From 1989 to the date of closure) I have long since suspected that I was not the only one to express my concerns with regards to the financial standing and other irregularities going on at WCT. Indeed if I remember correctly my first expression of concern was in 2003 and it is obvious from the documents you have sent me that that my personal concerns were up-held by others including I suspect other board members. I personally lost my life savings and more trying to help save the company over a three year period hoping that the Commission would take some action against an incompetent board of trustees and quite frankly a chairman who on a number of occasions hoodwinked the Charity Commission with lies. I lost the battle and the war on 1st May 2009 having received no help from anyone .45 people were left jobless
Thank you

Yours sincerely,

Dave rimmer

Fcemailteam, Charity Commission for England and Wales

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Warning to all prospective whistleblowers.

Think and plan very carefully before you blow the gaff.
In view of all the nightmares whistleblowers have suffered at the hands of my own local authority and my own experience with the above case you certainly will not get any assistance from anyone connected with the authorities involved. In fact in the case above The Charity Commission gave the game away as to who the whistleblower was which put me in an uncompromising position. Incidentally, there is no record in the above reply from the Charity Commission of my first complaint to them. AGAIN PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A POSITION WERE YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER WHISTLEBLOWING

Dear Fcemailteam,

After further study of the documents you have provided I find that there is no mention of 2 other complaints I made to the commission. Whilst I am unable to remember the dates they must have fallen between 2002 and 2006.
One complaint was that the Chair of the board had employed not only his wife as the book-keeper but his daughter and son in law (both part time, one as admin and the other as computer maintenance.
The other complaint I made was that the Chair was paying trustees with a regular, fixed monthly standing order. This could not be considered as payment of expenses against receipts and was contrary to charity legislation.
Can you advise me as to why there is no record of these complaints which were NOT made anonimously but were by telephone

Yours sincerely,

Dave rimmer

Fcemailteam, Charity Commission for England and Wales

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FC Email Team, Charity Commission for England and Wales

Dear Mr Rimmer

Thank you for your email.

I note from the information provided that the complaints you refer to
where made by telephone not in writing.

Further to our email sent to you 21 July 2014 my colleague Mr Gerrard
mentioned that the Commission has a paper retention policy.  In view of
the time which has passed since you made these complaints, it would appear
any records we had in relation to these have been destroyed as a result of
our paper retention policy. 

I hope this information is of assistance to you.

Yours sincerely

Paula McNicholas (Mrs)

Charity Commission - First Contact 

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