Snouts In The Trough – Wirral Council officers slammed over freebies

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear  it just gets worse and worse at Wirral Council. When oh when will these people learn ? Lord and Lady Wirral Leaks find themselves aghast yet again at the behaviour of senior officers at a local authority that’s still being run like some sort of private members club. Are they arrogant or stupid, we think possibly both as this shameful behaviour seems to trundle along unabated, no matter who is in charge.

As our gardener Eldritch said, with his usual earthy vigour “Why not name and shame the f**king greedy f**king bast**rds – Indeed!

Observe this report in the Liverpool Echo

“SENIOR officers from Wirral Council accepted “freebies” worth thousands of pounds without properly declaring them, a damning new report has revealed.”

Here’s the rather shocking details from the Audit report

Nine out of thirteen personal files did not comply with procedures and there was generally insufficient information to assess whether gifts and hospitality had been considered in line with guidance. The key issues are noted below.
■ A senior officer accepted hospitality to Chester races and noted this in the register; this had not been signed by the chief officer on the register; there was no M17 declaration form to support this on the personal file. There were a number of other M17 declarations on the personal file that were not entered in the register and had been self approved by the officer. Procedures were not complied with and there was insufficient information to assess whether the hospitality was considered in line with guidance.

■ An officer accepted a lottery ticket and noted this in the register; there was a supporting M17 declaration. Procedures were complied with but there is no evidence that this was considered in line with guidance.

■ A senior officer accepted honorary membership for West Kirby Sailing Club; this was signed on the register by his deputy; no value was noted although annual membership is currently £226 per annum; there was no M17 declaration form to support this on the personal file. There was a M17 declaration on the file for a golf event that had not been entered on the register. Procedures were not complied with and there was insufficient information to assess whether the hospitality was considered in line with guidance.

■ An officer accepted tickets to Liverpool Philharmonic; there was no M17 declaration form to support this on the personal file. Procedures were not complied with and there was insufficient information to assess whether the hospitality was considered in line with guidance.

■ A senior officer accepted a European Cup match ticket at Old Trafford; there was no M17 declaration form to support this on the personal file. There were further entries on the register that were not supported by a declaration form. The same senior officer also accepted a ticket for a rugby match at Twickenham; this was noted on a M17 declaration but the form was not approved by the officer’s line manager. Procedures were not complied with and there was insufficient information to assess whether the hospitality was considered in line with guidance.

■ A senior officer accepted a number of instances of hospitality including golf and also a flight, accommodation and meals amounting to £2,000; there were no M17 declarations to support these items. Procedures were not complied with and there was insufficient information to assess whether the hospitality was considered in line with guidance.

And what of Social Services ? We’ll let Eldritch tell you

“Still fooking shite”

http://www.wirralnews.co.uk/wirral-news/local-wirral-news/west-wirral-news/tm_headline=social-services-move-to-combat-8216-failings-8217%26method=full%26objectid=31859009%26siteid=80491-name_page.html

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Another Crumby Idea From Wirral BC Is Toast

“Bring A Butty ??? “
 
Lord & Lady Wirralleaks have learned about the sad cancellation of  today’s Department of Adult Social Services ” Bring a Butty” session. Although we have to say we had to rely on Eldritch our common or garden (but mainly common) gardener to explain just what the John H. Webb a “butty” was. Apparently they are somewhat akin to the cucumber fresh salmon and dill sandwiches we have for afternoon tea.
 
Anyway  it would appear that “Bring a Butty”  is the latest wheeze to get staff interested in the day to day chaos that is Wirral’s Department Of Adult Social Services and thought up by someone described by staff as a “professional scouser” (which would explain the rather ,erm,”chummy” tone) ,
 
A ” Bring a Butty” session all sounds rather jolly doesn’t it? ,except that it would appear, according to Eldritch, “nobody could be arsed turning up” to listen to someone from Merseyside Disability Federation talk about “Making it Real” – presumably this was a talk about how disabled people live in the real world and not the parallel universe which DASS seem to think they inhabit – were rights,equality and fair access are alien concepts. 
 
Anyway all this talk of “butties” has made us hungry – I’m reaching for my bell pull to ask our cook, Nigella Knowall ,to prepare something I can get my teeth into.
 
Meanwhile as a matter of interest I asked Eldritch what sort of fillings DASS staff might bring to a “Bring A Butty” bash. 
“Bullshit…….they’re used to being fed that ” he replied.
Next month will see WBC start their, Bring A deckchair and wear Bermuda Shorts initiative in a specially commissioned beach themed meeting room in an attempt to spice things up a tad
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It did sound rather implausible but our unflappable PA Verity Snoop had soon found the proof in this email trail which like most things in life, is best viewed from the bottom up, so to speak ?  It should be noted that further research from Miss Snoop has discovered that the real reason for the cancellation was that the gaffe-prone Communication & Engagement Department had caused confusion by suggesting the following tagline:
” Bring a Butty – Get your Baps Out”

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From: Peel, Nicola
Sent: 13 September 2012 11:11
To: DASS SLT; DASS-Principal-Managers; DASS Service Managers; DASS Team Managers
Cc: Subject: FW: ‘Bring a Butty’

Please ensure this message is cascaded to all DASS staff…… The ‘Bring a Butty’ session advertised below has been cancelled due to poor take up

Thank you

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From: Peel, Nicola
Sent: 05 September 2012 13:39
To: DASS SLT; DASS-Principal-Managers; DASS Service Managers; DASS Team Managers
CcSubject: ‘Bring a Butty’

Please ensure this message is cascaded to all DASS staff……

Sent on behalf of Chris Beyga, Head of Personal Support: –

We hear it all the time..….’I never get told anything’.

So here in DASS we’re giving you the opportunity to find out more. We’re holding some lunchtime ‘Bring a Butty’ sessions for you to hear about some of the important work that is going on across Wirral.  It could be something that you think doesn’t directly affect you but the knowledge could improve how you work or it could provide an opportunity for joint working, with benefits for all.

These ‘Bring a Butty’ sessions will be held on the second Friday of every month with a different topic or guest speaker at each session. If you have an interesting piece of work to talk about, please liaise with Nicki Hancocks who can organise a suitable spot for you on the agenda.

The next session is planned for 12.30-1.30pm on Friday 14 September at Birkenhead Town Hall, to meet with Chris Wardle from Merseyside Disability Federation

MDF provides support for voluntary and community groups in Merseyside and the surrounding areas that are of and for disabled people. They are an umbrella group – their main aim is to build the capacity of other voluntary groups.  They help you so that you can be more effective in your work of breaking down the barriers faced by disabled people. They are currently doing a piece of work in Wirral around ‘Making It Real’.

Anyone who wants to come along is more than welcome – it is your chance to ask any questions.

Again, please contact Nicki Hancocks

Chris Beyga

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Who shall now forever be known as Chris Bagel.