Voluntary Termination

Wirral Council Twitter

Although we do have an account  @WIRRALLEAKS we really don’t do Twitter. Even 280 words would never be enough for us and the relentless self promotion on this particular platform would put us off our stroke (or give us one).

However talking of which we couldn’t help commenting on Wirral Council’s Twitter header which has winged its way to us.

Forgive us – but when some of the most self serving people on planet earth have the temerity to ask us “When was the last time ……you did something for someone else” and use, not so much a picture as a visual tick box , it makes us want to empty the brown paper bag full of fresh vegetables and throw up into it – especially when you consider how the high and mighty at Wirral Council seem to have such little regard for ethnic minorities and the vulnerable . And furthermore as Her Ladyship said about the woman in the fingerless mittens – somebody needs to call  Kingdom’s fashion police and tell them to issue a Penalty Charge Notice.

Now we’ve said this before , we know kindness is never wasted and all that , and people who do voluntary work and who don’t expect to win awards and plaudits for doing so are to be valued. However the relentless promotion by Wirral Council of doing something for someone else to make us feel good about ourselves doesn’t sit well with us when it is presented in a queasy mix of  virtue signalling and guilt tripping . Might we suggest that encouraging people to plug the gaps in what’s left of public services makes highly paid public service ‘transformers’ feel even better ? Isn’t this what David Cameron’s ‘Big Society ‘ was largely all about? He must be happy as a pig in muck that this part of his vision for Britain where voluntary work replaces paid work and which hastens the termination of hard fought public services has been lovingly embraced by Labour councils?

Furthermore isn’t there’s something a bit sickening about Wirral Council workers who are enduring pay freezes, redundancy threats and imposition of unpaid leave are encouraged to undertake further work for no pay as when Wirral Council piously launched  a Voluntary Leave Policy      earlier this year :

To support this, the Council will promote volunteering and encourage employees to volunteer their help, time and support to make a difference to their local community.

Interestingly enough we’ve had a few people who used to work for Wirral Council and who were quite happy to do voluntary work  but were put off when they discovered that they were being asked to do complex work dealing with vulnerable people that used to be undertaken by the statutory services they had previously worked for! The further irony being that Wirral Council were part funding the management of this service!

Of course we should expect that Wirral Council’s senior management would want to promote this volunteering initiative and lead by example. Shall we look forward to a picture of Wirral Council CEO Eric Robinson emptying his recyclable Waitrose bag full of ethically sourced goodies at a Wirral soup kitchen on Christmas Day ? Or failing that do as one of his predecessors , Steve Maddox,  used to do and donate his Returning Officer expenses to a worthy charity? Or will we see interim head of law Philip McCourt popping into the one stop shop to do a bit of pro bono welfare rights work when the flawed introduction of Universal Credit wreaks havoc ? Let’s hope Wirral Council’s  communications department don’t forget to obtain pictures and post on their Twitter page  – as nowadays an act of selflessness didn’t happen unless there’s a selfie!

Meanwhile…Over At Clown Hall…

The link HERE  will take you to “Wirral Councils Super Smashing New Plan.” Well, it might as well be called that such is the euphemistic language, which we can only assume is part of the minimisation “healing” process which will enable us all to all move along the road of reconciliation together, ruefully mumbling “lessons learned.”

 The Department of spin will release nonsensical statements intended to paint a picture of an organisation undergoing radical change ie/ 

WBC is comprised of many organisational elements with a single purpose: to enable, support and expedite the mission-critical objectives of the AKA Report and we will implement it with Bible-like zeal’

Until of course, the dust has settled and it’s safe to resume “business as usual.” Because you will note there is no talk of personnel change in this document, no mention of disciplinary action and no mention of “abuse.”

Carry On Regardless – Wirral DASS

Our sources, (lets call them HP and Heinz) have shown us the proposed restructure for Wirral’s Department Of Adult Social Services (DASS.) This must be  the fifth occasion in three years that staff have been “realigned” and we would question just how much this bureaucratic tomfoolery is costing the taxpayer.

Alas it would appear the Department, is on the whole, being managed by the same old clique and sadly it really does look like a case of simply moving the deck chairs around the Titanic. Yes the much loved Howard Cooper has left with his CBE and we have a new director, but unless there is a root and branch clear out of a department that has been shamed, of one that has been described as “toxic and dysfunctional” and a place were a culture of management bullying and intimidation pervades,then Lord and Lady Wirral Leaks fear nothing will really change. Again it seems to be merely spin bluster, piss and wind.

You can view the Draft restructure by clicking the link below

DASS Restructure

Wirral Council And The Court Of Appeal

Good luck trying to get Wirral Spin, ahem, we mean Press office to confirm this date. Now what’s all this about then eh ? Is it something they don’t want you to know ?

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Case

Reference: C3/2011/1470

Title: Salisbury Independent Living & Ors v Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Type: Appeal

Appeal / Application:
from the order of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber)
Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) dated 28-Jan-11

Hearing Status: Float on 25-Jan-12 or 26-Jan-12

Venue: London

Constitution:
LORD JUSTICE MAURICE KAY Vice President of the Court of Appeal Civil Division
LORD JUSTICE HUGHES
LORD JUSTICE LEWISON

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I mean surely it merits a press release ? #Justsaying

You could ask them what it’s all about ?

via

Email

pressoffice@wirral.gov.uk

or in person

Press & Public Relations

Same Floor As The Chief Exec.
The Town Hall
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH44 8ED

NB.

The Press and PR team are actually based in Clown Hall and not as Wirral’s website erroneously (now there’s a suprise) states, the North Annexe ( AKA Asbestos Central.)

In fact the Council’s Head Of PR, AKA Spinderella, is apparently situated in the adjoining office to the Chief Exec -cosy, must be rather like having the anti-Jiminey Cricket in the ensuite.  Makes sense, after all we wouldn’t want him saying anything that might bring the Authority into disrepute now would we ? Heavens no!

Wirral Council And The Court Of Appeal

Aside

Good luck trying to get Wirral Spin, ahem, we mean Press office to confirm this date. Now what’s all this about then eh ? Is it something they don’t want you to know ?

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Case

Reference: C3/2011/1470

Title: Salisbury Independent Living & Ors v Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Type: Appeal

Appeal / Application:
from the order of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber)
Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) dated 28-Jan-11

Hearing Status: Float on 25-Jan-12 or 26-Jan-12

Venue: London

Constitution:
LORD JUSTICE MAURICE KAY Vice President of the Court of Appeal Civil Division
LORD JUSTICE HUGHES
LORD JUSTICE LEWISON

**********************************************

I mean surely it merits a press release ? #Justsaying

You could ask them what it’s all about ?

via

Email

pressoffice@wirral.gov.uk

or in person

Press & Public Relations

Same Floor As The Chief Exec.
The Town Hall
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH44 8ED

NB.

The Press and PR team are actually based in Clown Hall and not as Wirral’s website erroneously (now there’s a suprise) states, the North Annexe ( AKA Asbestos Central.)

In fact the Council’s Head Of PR, AKA Spinderella, is apparently situated in the adjoining office to the Chief Exec -cosy, must be rather like having the anti-Jiminey Cricket in the ensuite.  Makes sense, after all we wouldn’t want him saying anything that might bring the Authority into disrepute now would we ? Heavens no!