Wirral Council And The Court Of Appeal

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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!

The Empire Strikes Back…A Bit…

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After the suggestion that Council Press office has “spun” against Martin Morton we noticed this tweet…. Hmmm maybe we will

Annexes to Ms Klonowski’s Final report

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“Information is power, but the powerful are losing their grip”

You paid for it – Read it here.

HERE

Wirral Council Caption Comp.

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This is genuine, it ain’t been photoshopped. So, how about a caption competition folks ? Go on, be a devil ! Winner gets a Golden Parking Cone.

Here’s our effort ” WBC Chief Exec gets staff to model new corporate uniform”

Destination Spin – The WBC Masterplan

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Here’s the masterplan ….Woooo… for some reason it reminds us of “sweatpants” smelly, stained, worn out sweatpants. Or to quote  Seinfeld “You know the message you’re sending out to the world with these sweatpants? You’re telling the world, ‘I give up. I can’t compete in normal society. I’m miserable, so I might as well be comfortable.’”

Many will know that attending any Council event requires the sort of high boredom threshold that verges on  masochistic.  Doubtless these employee roadshows will be akin to standing on a beach surrounded by lunatics shrieking meaningless quasi-religious soundbites to promote “Accelerated Emergence of High Maturity Behaviors”…. whilst you’re about to be engulfed in a Tsunami of shit.

Oh to be a fly on the wall…anyway enjoy, ye lowly taxpayers, enjoy.

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Destination Excellence Events

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

  1. When and where will the events take place?

The meetings have been organised for Thursday 12 January and Friday 13 January 2012. There are 5 meeting times on each of these days and all employees have been invited to attend one of the meetings.

The meetings will take place at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight on Thursday 12 January, and The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton on Friday 13 January. The meetings will last approximately 1 hour.

  1. What are the events about?

The meeting is an opportunity for you to meet The Leader of The Council, Councillor Steve Foulkes and The Deputy Leader, Councillor Phil Davies and hear how the Council plans to reach Destination Excellence. The event will look at the Council’s Vision for the future, how we are going to get there, and what this means for us all in practice.

 

  1. Are the events being held to announce redundancies?

 

No. The Council does not have any plans in place to announce redundancies at this time.

 

  1. Will I be able to ask questions?

Yes. Cllr Steve Foulkes and Cllr Phil Davies will talk to you about the Council’s Vision, and what this means for the Council and for you. There will then be an opportunity for employees to ask questions.

  1. Will I be given the time to attend an event?

Yes. All employees will be given the time to attend an event. Your attendance at the event will be facilitated and authorised by your manager in line with service requirements. Each department is responsible for ensuring that all employees are booked on to an event. Your manager will speak to you about the booking process.

  1. What if the event falls on a non-working day?

If the event falls on a non-working day, you will be paid for your attendance. Each event will last approximately 1 hour. Employees who attend on a non-working day who cannot be credited the time with flexi or TOIL will be paid for 1.5 hours.

  1. Will I be paid mileage/travel costs for getting to the event?

 

Yes. You are able to claim mileage at your normal mileage rate, or travel expenses, from your normal place of work to the venue. These can be claimed in the normal way.

 

 

  1. Will I be paid overtime for attending?

No. Employees that attend the meeting outside of their normal working week, will be paid at plain time for 1.5 hours.

  1. Do I have to attend?

Yes. The meetings will provide key information about the Council’s future direction and Vision. All employees are expected to attend. Your manager will organise the booking process.

 

  1. If I can’t make the event date/time I have been given, can I swap?

Each department has nominated a departmental lead who is responsible for ensuring that every employee is booked on to an event. Your manager will discuss the event dates and times available with you. If you have any problems in attending the meeting, you should speak to you manager in the first instance.

  1. What if I am unable to attend?

There will be 12 sessions taking place over the two days and all employees are expected to attend one of the meetings.

If you are unable to attend a meeting because of holidays, sickness, or other exceptional circumstances, you should speak to your manager.

WBC – Roll Of Shame

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Wirral Council does like to control it’s news and add a thick coat of  spin in an attempt to gloss over the cracks ( gaping chasms would be more apt) to it’s unintentionally hilarious press releases.

Alas as the “footballer who cannot be named,” Bryan Griggs discovered you can’t control twitter.   Massive kudos to the journalist who first broke the Martin Morton story, Justin Dunn who has started to name the main players in the Wirral Council debacle. Super injunction anyone ?

Here’s the tweets thus far :  

“Maura Noone and Mike Fowler are the two senior managers to leave #WBC. There. Named. #OutInTheOpen #PleaseRT

They went under ‘compromise agreements’ – pay offs – signed hours before the Klonowski report was made public, albeit redacted

Superiors who knew for years allowed to leave first with handsome cheques.

#Including former chief exec Steve Maddox, ex DASS bosses Kevin Miller and John Webb #WBC #NameAndShame

Serious question mark over knowledge of current chief exec Jim Wilkie, his spin chief Emma Degg, and mayor Moira McLaughlin #WBC

Degg of #WBC infamously briefed Globe that Martin Morton was “a bit mad”.

Degg advised that her “Martin mad” nudge was to protect press from making fools of themselves #WBC

Degg, in charge of supposed impartial #WBC spin, used to be a Labour cllr in Chester”

Another Storm A – Brewing over WBC …

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Wirral vs SIL at the Court of Appeal on Jan 25/26.

“When You Walk Through A Storm….. You Get Wet”

  • A Wirral-based organisation called Salisbury Independent Living (SIL) provided accommodation and support for a number of vulnerable adults. 

  • SIL said that they provided ‘exempt accommodation’. The usual housing benefit rent restrictions do not apply to exempt accommodation (for further details of the nature of exempt accommodation see issue 47 of the Journal of Welfare Benefits Law). 

  • Claims for housing benefit were made to Wirral MBC by approximately 70 residents. The council did not make the decisions that SIL had hoped for. Wirral concluded that the accommodation was not exempt accommodation but, even if it was, many of the service charges included within the rent were ineligible for housing benefit. 

  • The dispute has been protracted having lasted for some 8 years. It is also potentially expensive, SIL arguing that some £3 million in housing benefit is owed. 

  • A number of the residents appealed, with SIL’s assistance, against Wirral MBC’s decisions. However about 8 residents had moved away and were not contactable. Another 2 were dead. 

  • The issue was whether SIL had the right to appeal against the decision on these former residents’ claims. The matter came before the Upper Tribunal. 

What did the Upper Tribunal decide? 

  • The Upper Tribunal decided that SIL did have a right of appeal. This meant that it could itself challenge the council’s housing benefit decisions in respect of the dead or missing claimants. The Upper Tribunal reasoned as follows. 

  • Legislation provides that a “person affected” by a housing benefit decision has a right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Schedule 7, para. 6(3), Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000). 

  • Regulations set out persons who must be considered, for appeal purposes, to be persons affected by a housing benefit decision (reg. 3(1), Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2001). This did not include SIL. 

  • The fact that SIL fell outside the Regulations was not fatal to SIL’s case. This was because the Upper Tribunal held that the Regulations do not contain an exhaustive list of persons affected by a housing benefit decision. 

  • The Upper Tribunal decided that SIL was a “person affected” by the housing benefit decisions for the missing claimants. 

  • However, the benefits authorities have now been granted permission to appeal against the Upper Tribunal’s ruling. The appeal is due to be heard by the Court of Appeal towards the end of this year or at the beginning of 2012. 

Info Here

Sack Em

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“VULNERABLE adults claimed they were subjected to violence, sexual abuse and the theft of their benefits by some of the organisations Wirral Council paid to care for them a shocking report has revealed.”

More on Wirral Globe website

http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/9467456.SPECIAL_REPORT__Demand_for_sackings_follow_review_that_has_shamed_Wirral_Council/

and The Daily Post

http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2012/01/12/wirral-council-social-services-care-failings-highlighted-in-long-awaited-report-92534-30106112/

The Klonowski Report

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Click the link below to see just what cost the Council £250,000. We would expect more heads to roll in coming weeks in the Councils Department of Adult Social Services, who are an utter disgrace.   It’s shocking they could get things so wrong, and wilfully try to bury the truth along with Martin Morton’s reputation. He is now exonerated and his fight will hopefully have been worthwhile.

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0BxrkIjRDgrB-OGE5YzZiNWItMjQ4Yy00NDU2LTk1NDAtMTQxYmRhN2FjODhh