Whistle Down The Wirral – Delaygate.

Lets look at this whistle-blowing case highlighted in the Wirral Globe.

The whistle-blowers first response from Wirral Council was as below


From: “Cooper, Howard” <howardcooper@wirral.gov.uk>

To: “Andy Campbell ”  

Subject: Not read: Confidential Reporting procedure

Date: 18 February 2011 15:06

Your message

  To:      Cooper, Howard; Norman, Bill D.

  Cc:      Unison

  Subject: Confidential Reporting procedure

  Sent:    Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:00:32 -0000

was deleted without being read on Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:06:53 -0000”


OOOPS !!! Darn my clumsy fingers ! Oh well, he might just go away.


His final missive from the interim Social Services Director dated 31st August 2011 SIX MONTHS LATER ….contained these nuggets, apparently based purely on a conversation with the Head Of Access And Assessment and the Legal fella at the Council (busy guy these days no doubt)

So there you have it , a robust and wide-ranging investigation which interviewed staff did an internal trawl of all emails relating to key words and phrases such as “delay” “four week”  “waiver” …. OH WAIT BUT that didn’t happen did it  , and it would appear they expended as much effort to seek the truth as Dawn French puts in to resist chocolate.


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