…what actual f**king planet is the incoming Labour leader on?
…what actual f**king planet is the incoming Labour leader on?
“Officers above Scale 6 (now above SCP29) shall devote their whole-time service to the work of their Council and shall not engage in any other business or take up any other additional appointment without the express consent of the Council. “
“Is There Anybody There ?”
Why not publicly an announce setting up a hot line (see HERE) and then not answer it ? In most places this would be madness, but in Wirral Council, it’s the norm.
From the Wirral Globe
“ASTONISHING parallels have emerged between a highly critical investigation into Wirral Council’s inadequate ethics and governance in 2005 and an equally damaging inquiry conducted six years later.
A review by local government watchdog the Audit Commission published in August of 2005 found Wirral guilty of alarming errors at the most senior level as it sought to transfer its highways administration centre from Bebington to the Cheshire Lines building in Birkenhead”
Here’s the Audit Commission Report (CLICK)
We think his comment on the Wirral Globe web site sums it up best 😉
“I bet they’re Green around the gills in Canning Street.
PS. The “new chief executive Jim Wilkie” was formerly the “deputy chief executive” mentioned in this report, wasn’t he?
The highways director is STILL the highways boss.
The finance boss is STILL the finance boss.
No doubt they will all come rushing forward waving their £100k salary cheques insisting they’re the right men to investigate themselves, in a statement issued by the furious Sultaness of Spin.
And on and on – and on – we go.”
We are imagining an apoplectic Frank Field Mp running toward Town hall rather like Bishop Brennan from Father Ted 🙂
It would appear Wirral Council are trying to break some sort of a record for appearances in Private Eye’s Rotten Boroughs section. Lord and Lady Wirral-Leaks are huge fans of the Eye, and admire they way it cuts through the spin and bluster to tell it exactly like it is. This week it mentions the 4 week delay aka DELAYGATE, plus some disturbing tales of care providers without contracts on the Wirral run by ex-CID officers. We are of course sure that such a link would never compromise the integrity or veracity of any potential Police investigation. The Eye also quotes the suspected amount of money paid to two employees, lets call them Nora Doone and Pike Growler, totals which FOI requests have thus far failed to reveal (see HERE)
There is also a brief mention in Social Work bible “Community Care” with regard to “#DELAYGATE” HERE
Mind you rumour has it that Community Care is on board with Wirral’s Department Of Adult Social Services (DASS) to assist in improving it’s public image, although the feeling is that even Harry Potter’s magical powers would be put to the test in trying to spin DASS in positive light.
This may explain Community Care’s recent “soft focus” interview with new Director Graham Hodkinson, whose grip on the situation could be summed up when he incongruously stated that [within the Department] “morale is good.“ Sorry, but saying it doesn’t make it so Graham old fruit.
We suggest he reads the comments on the Wirral Globe website for a truer picture of what’s really going on in DASS. There he will discover horrific tales of institutionalised bullying were former staff talk of pressure, intimidation and being forbidden to mention the 4 week delay and ultimately being forced out of their jobs. Or perhaps he might like to peruse the emails we have received – which are numerous and shocking – Here is a quote from just one of those emails.
“To be honest I don’t think I have ever worked in a more bullying environment. I have met bullies in work in other places, but never a culture of nastiness and threat from management at every turn.
I can only presume they must be desperately worried and are doing everything they can to shift the blame for a failing organisation onto newly recruited, overworked and inadequately trained staff – I truly find it depressing that human beings can act like this – remember they are planning all their actions, these are not impulsive actions!”
So the 4 week care delay that didn’t actually happen, did happen!
Wirral Council have set up a “hotline” in response to DELAYGATE which opened today and will be available until Friday, April 13.
The number to call is 0151 606 2641.
Complaints can also be registered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to the Customer Resolution and Information Team, Hamilton Building, Conway Street, Birkenhead, CH41 4FD.
Other questions people may like to ask is,
Why was there a delay especially when the Fair Access to care legislation states “Councils should provide services promptly once they have agreed to do so.”
Who decided on this policy, Elected members ? Or Senior Officers ?
Why are these people still in post and why was this unofficial policy covered up for so long?
Who are the specialist team of officers independent of Wirral Council.?
The true chaos that goes on within Wirral’s Department of Adult Social Services (D.A.S.S) is underlined by these two posts on the Wirral Globe website. How can this be allowed to continue ???
” RE the so called “Four week delay”.If only it had been four weeks, horrendous though that was, but there were many,many times when it was very much longer than that, as countless Social Workers can confirm. When all work was completed it was firstly sent to the Team Manager and then frequently sat on that persons desk for about two weeks. I know this because I plagued the manager seeking confirmation that they had been forwarded for signing to the Principal Manager! Then, maybe a week or two there, before EVENTUALLY arriving at the Brokerage Office to be actioned!
At this point one would have hoped to breathe a sigh of relief that at last, the human beings I cared about, AND their families, might get the Service they so desperately needed and deserved.
But no, Brokerage would THEN inform me there was a FOUR WEEK DELAY, unless I could get a waiver agreed by the manager.
SO, BACK TO THE MANAGER I WENT, AND WAS ADVISED TO CONTACT THE PRINCIPLE MANAGER, who would sometimes agree it there and then, or may ask for FURTHER information!! SO, FOUR WEEK DELAY?!
THE ANGER AND FRUSTRATION FELT BY ME on behalf of the human beings I was committed to helping, was immeasurable.
Having to speak to them every day and trying to reassure them I was doing everything I could to move things forward.
It made me feel ashamed, and affects me even now and made me ill at the time.
We were FORBIDDEN to use the term “Four week delay”!. AND, lest anyone should forget,the Bullies were, and are fully operational, up there in their gun turrets, just waiting for ANYONE to cross their line of fire.
Bullying was, and is, endemic in DASS.
And, where might I ask, are the Unions in all of this?. NOT A PEEP!!!!
To my former colleagues can I just say I have every sympathy for those of you who continue to do an exemplary job of work on behalf of those you serve, and never lose your own integrity and moral compass,as [there are ]those [who] we know only too well,have.”
“As a former senior officer in Wirral Social Services, who was hounded out by senior management, I say there should be a thorough clearout of the existing offenders, and action taken, even criminal proceedings, against those who have left with huge golden handshakes. An investigation should also be held into how the former and present Chief Executives were appointed. i.e. did they have to compete against other(perhaps better qualified) candidates?
Also the term Local “Authority” should be abolished, for this is one of the symbolic reasons, Councils think they can ride roughshod over, ratepayers and their clients and bully and abuse staff. They have no “authority” over us; they are our public servants, and are supposed to protect and care for vulnerable and needy clients. And the sooner they are re-educated about their true role, the better it will be for all of us.
I have plenty to say about the endemic insularity and corruption in this department where I battled for 12 years against incompetence, mindless bureaucracy, bullying of staff and negligence of their clients. The social work “industry” has its own superior de-humanising jargon which deluded hem into believing they are “professionals”. e.g. “Siblings”, “Service Users” etc. These terms should also be abolished forthwith.
I note that this department has been “re-organised five times in the past three years at vast public expense. Yet the situation has become progressively worse. Someone has rightly described it as “Changing the deckchairs around on the Titanic”. How true! Nothing changes or improves. I have just googled “Wirrral Social Services Dass Structure” and was amazed at the ever increasing bureaucracy and proliferation of even more non-jobs. Never mind the politically correct non-jobs, under one of the “Heads of Branch” fiefdoms (of which there are four) in just one – Mr Beyga’s “Personal Support Branch”, has several Principal Officers, then two Team Managers, various other senior highly-paid posts, until we come to no less than eight “Pop In Advisors”. And this is in only one Wirral “branch”!
What on earth these people are paid to do, our moronic councillors (who have allowed themselves to be duped for too long) should be investigating.
Finally apart from this “Branch” being entitled “Personal” Support, they even have a “Community” Development Officer! What on earth she does is a mystery – particularly since in an austere atmosphere of swingeing cuts -such Council appointments are not a statutory requirement. i.e. they are a non-essential indulgence.
But this is only a sample of what goes on in Wirral’s answer to Alice in Wonderland.
Watch this space!”