Told You So

Told You so

If there is one maxim that you should live by it is this : Wirral Leaks is always right.

But this is getting a bit tedious now.

With depressing predictably Wirral Council have seemingly come to the conclusion that their ‘People and Overview and Scrutiny and Overview Committee’ is not fit for purpose or rather they’ve been told by external experts :  ‘ WTAF is going on here? – AGAIN!’

We called out this particular Committee out in July 2016 (and indeed way before that) :

People Who Need People……

However a ‘Council representative’ or rather an anonymous no-mark tells us:

“The council is working towards a major programme of integration with the NHS to improve adult social care and support and a detailed improvement plan is in place to support children’s services following last year’s Ofsted inspection.This work needs extensive oversight and support and members need to have the time and capacity to provide it. This is why it is being proposed the current ‘People’ overview and scrutiny committee is expanded, allowing for the creation of a dedicated committee to scrutinise, oversee and support children’s services and a further committee to provide the same support to adult social care.”

http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/15222928.Council__People_Committee__broken_up_in_bid_to_improve_Wirral_s_inadequate_child_safeguarding/

Yet more specious doublespeak from a Wirral Council ‘representative’ . There is a proposal that the ‘People Overview and Scrutiny Overview Committee’ is being  ‘expanded’ is it?. Not torn asunder as it should have been a long time ago ? Of course not ! – we’re so pleased Wirral Council’s press office is still spinning out of control as it gives us an opportunity to get our moneysworth out of our BS detector. The red light also came on at the words ‘Oversight’ and  ‘Scrutinise’? – oh come on which dictionary are they working from and are they sure it’s in English?

And Tory Councillor Paul Hayes get off the belated bandwagon .

“The need to break up the so-called ‘People Committee’ has been obvious almost from the day it was created.”

Jeezus where have ‘opposition’ councillors been since July 2013?  ‘The People Committee’ is but the bastard offspring of the Families and Wellbeing Policy and Performance Committee ( no pun intended!).

We called it out way back then that it was doomed to fail and indeed the chair of the committee was the proud recipient of a Leakys 2014 Award for that exact reason

Comeback of The Year –

After being responsible for an appalling lack of scrutiny and poor governance during her previous tenure as overseer of adult social services which resulted in eye-watering toxic debts ,financial abuse and appalling failures to safeguard vulnerable people which were identified in a series of damning reports Matron McLaughlin crawls her way back to become Chair of Families and Wellbeing Committee. And so having failed so catastrophically McLaughlin now has an even bigger and more unwieldy portfolio than before – incorporating as it does Children and Families and Public Health. What a reward for failure – way to go Wirral Council!

https://wirralleaks.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/the-leakys-2014/

Talk about set up to fail!

 

New Term at St.Frank’s Academy

DUNCE

September always has an air of ‘back to school’ about it and so it is that after the summer break the cycle of Wirral Council meetings resumed this week.

Things kicked off with a meeting of Cabinet on Monday at 10 am . All the better to ensure it gets less coverage than Tom Daley’s swimming trunks and the prying eyes of the public are kept away. Although to be honest these meetings are more stage managed than a Busby Berkeley production number. It’s usually a case of  Council leader Phil “Power Boy Pip” Davies handing over to  deputy Cllr Ann McLachlan  who recounts how everything on Planet Wirral is “going forward” despite the “Tory cuts” . Then assorted cabinet members chime in with gushing good news stories about their portfolios whilst using either the words “Wirral Plan” “20/20 Vision” or “Pledges” (they haven’t quite co-ordinated a consistent approach yet).

However we understand that an absentee from yesterday’s meeting was Cllr George Davies as it was left to Power Boy Pip to reveal Davies’ grand plan for the Lyndale School site. Yes  – what a surprise it’s going to be a property developer’s  paradise. And so it came to pass  with cruel circularity and sickening similarity to the Wirralgate story as George finishes off what Foulkesy started with the former drawing up the final plans for the disposal of Lyndale School after the latter chaired the original “consultation” meeting proposing the closure.

One councillor that did manage to turn up and nod approvingly at everything that was said was Cllr Stuart Whittingham who will be attending  an event “The impact of congestion on bus passengers” in London on 14 September 2016. Although a) you would think Cllr Whittingham, as a bus driver with Arriva, would know this already… and b) the only congestion to be experienced on Wirral is when there’s badly co-ordinated roadworks as recently experienced by the poor people of Hoylake and West Kirby.

Also worth noting at this meeting was the rubber -stamping of the Public Health ‘commissioning intentions’ which included a £7,709,379 contract with with  drug and alcohol support provider ‘Change, Grow , Live’  – no questions asked.

http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/documents/s50036101/APPENDIX%20ONE%20-%20PUBLIC%20HEALTH%20COMMISSIONING%20INTENTIONS.pdf

A meeting to look out for later this week is the “People  Overview and Scrutiny Committee”

http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=760&MId=5758

Curiously for a committee which pays so much attention to inclusivity it is surprising to see an exempt item on the agenda. Could it be another report that the the people on the People Committee don’t want the people of Wirral to know about?……

 

 

 

People Who Need People……

Einstein -People

…….are the unluckiest people in the world.

Well judging by the fact that Wirral Council have a fancy new Scrutiny Committee called “People” anyway ( the other two Scrutiny Committees are called “Business” & ” Environment”)

Yes really.

We know the first meeting of the People Overview Scrutiny Committee was held last week and we note that some of the same people involved in the biggest safeguarding failure of vulnerable people in Wirral’s history were back at the helm as  DASS Manager Amanda Kelly made a recommendation to the chair Matron Moira McLaughlin that Wirral councillors should get involved in monitoring Wirral’s care homes – because let’s face it Mother Kelly’s team haven’t been doing a great job have they? – judging by the number of home closures and a series of damning Care Quality Commission reports (yet two more homes they announced who require improvement this week are Hilbre House and Seabank House).

Also in attendance was Dr. Sue Wells. “Who’s she?”  we hear you ask.

She’s the one who appears on the leaflet that was recently pushed through your door asking you to sign up to The Wirral Care Record – a single digital confidential care record which by spring 2017 will mean that YOUR information will be shared by Wirral Community NHS Trust , Cheshire and Wirral NHS Foundation Trust and Wirral Council.

Would you trust (no pun intended) any of these  organisations to keep your personal information confidential?.Would you trust them full stop?

We wouldn’t! – we advise our readers to visit healthywirral.org.uk and submit an “opt out” request or call 0151 541 5440 and ask to be opted out.

However we were particularly drawn to the attendance of former Crime Reduction Initiative (CRI) employee  CLLR ANGELA DAVIES  who asked some innocuous question about laptops ( because laptops are so much less problematic than vulnerable people).

Hey Councillor Davies – how about asking “People” about your former employer now known as “CHANGE, GROW, LIVE”  (CGL). No,seriously – this must the  worst rebranding since Wirral Partnership Homes became “Magenta Living”.

http://www.changegrowlive.org/

According to our sources CGL appear to be having a problem with the “LIVE” bit of their acronym  based on the following messages we’ve received :

“CRI, now CGL is an absolute shambles. Broken promises to service users and 65 service user deaths since takeover. An increase of nearly 300% compared to NHS. Commissioners have a lot to answer for…..”

” (£) 24 m contract they were given. Still haven’t opened a hub in New Ferry 18 months in. Everything done on the cheap. Volunteers/ recovery champions falling off the wagon left right and centre…..”

There are many good people that work there. I wouldn’t want to cause them any problems . There are also plenty of idiots there too. Commissioners need to be grilled…..”

We’re sure that the People Overview Scrutiny Committee will want to answer these questions next time they meet in September!. Perhaps the Committee’s “Independent Person” could do us all a favour and ask them on our behalf as Cllr Davies seems curiously reluctant to perform her public duties. Yeah just keep banking the cheque and expenses Cllr Davies – what a fine exemplar of public service you seem to be.

We can’t help feeling (and not the first time) that vulnerable people deserve so much better than the people on the “People Scrutiny Overview Committee” !………….