Let Them Eat Cake
“Wirral Against The Cuts” have compared Wirral’s latest SOLACE approved Chief Executive Graham “The Goofmeister” Burgess to France’s infamous Queen, Marie Antoinette!!! “The arrogance of the people who took this decision is similar to Marie Antoinette, the French queen who advised the starving people of Paris who couldn’t afford bread to buy cake instead.” STORY HERE
This statement was prompted by GB’s somewhat insensitive decision to splash out on a £25,000 upgrade for town hall bosses’ offices (BUT NOT A SHOWER , OH NO! NOT THAT!) as the authority prepares for massive budget cuts and jobs losses. This is what is known in the trade as "An EPIC PR FAIL!
We thought this a tad harsh, that was until we were given a picture of a recent council meeting in GB’s recently refurbished
palace, ahem sorry, office … We now think they may well have a point !
Keep Your Hat on
*incoming message* Please find advice to “Leaders” within Wirral Council when discussing redundancies. *stop* ….
Key Messages for Leaders
- This is hard
- Talk more
- Cascade through conversation
- Don’t answer what you can’t - escalate to FAQ’s
- Read Intranet
- No decisions made as yet
- Leadership – Visibility – Communication – Consistency – Ownership
- Print articles for staff without Intranet access
- Cascade One Brief on Friday 9 November 2012
See it in all its glory HERE
Not that they would try and feign empathy you understand but Ricky Gervais would have an absolute field day if ever he decided to revive “The Office” format and based it on a local authority.
Now, how about this for rank hypocrisy from new Wirral CX Frank Drebin look a like, Graham Goofy Burgess - In a lovely soft focus interview in the Daily Post in May 2007 our hero GB tells us about his time in Liverpool as a union rep and how he fought those nasty Militants and banished them forever. Something he’s dined out on ever since…
"……. the Militants’ solution to creating a legal budget – issuing 90-day redundancy notices to all 30,000 staff – immediately put the political leadership on collision course with unions.
Graham says: “They would say to us, ‘It’s just a piece of paper, of course we’ll re-employ everybody’ but from a union point of view, we couldn’t accept that because there was no guarantee.
“Liverpool at this time was, in many ways, in a desperate state. Hundreds of jobs were being lost at the big employers every week. The council was the employer of last resort, so we couldn’t let that happen.”
Fast forward to today and the latest leak … (click) - Poacher turned gamekeeper
Taxi anybody ???
But GB is used to this for where GB lands redundancies seem to follow …see HERE
Love, Verity Snoop x
Bad Day At Black Rock ( Ferry) and Beyond :(
We have just had sight of the “Jobs At Risk Letters” sent by Wirral s Chief X-ecutioner . It does not bode well or the long suffering staff or indeed the people of Wirral
Eldritch our (very) common gardener had previously furnished us with a copy of a letter he claimed was the original draft! It certainly read like the truth, sans the PR spit and polish. However we were slightly suspicious that he appeared to be covered in printer ink kept guffawing over matters that are no laughing matter as Lady WL read the missive out. We suspect it may be a fake, however ….
As you will be aware, since l have been Chief Executive (a whole 2 months now), l have communicated regularly with all employees about the Council’s financial position. We are facing a considerable financial challenge.
The current position is that the Council is facing a budget shortfall of £103m over the nextthree years and a projected shortfall of £39M for 2013/14. This will necessitate significant changes to the manner in which the Council conducts its business. And let’s face it guys, this IS a business, not a ‘service’, by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a business, with business needs
and there are some tough calls to make.
ln response to the Council’s financial situation and the Public Consultation that we have undertaken, responded to by 18% of the local public, we have published a range of officer budget options. The remaining 82% had their chance and blew it. They can go and whistle.
Within these budget options there are two options which directly impact on the number of jobs:
1. Significantly reduce the running costs of the Council by reducing the number of staff.
I’ve seen you, walking around, armed with a sheet of A4, pretending to look ‘busy’. Well the game’s up comrades. I’m on to you.
2. Stop, reduce or change out of all recognition services that the Council currently delivers to ‘the public’. We’re a high-flying concern goddamit – with ideas. Who in his right mind decided we had to bring these people onboard? They’re sooooo last century – and a bar to innovation. An obstacle to progress. How the hell do we get quoted on the Stock Exchange with this dead weight hanging around our necks?
Chief Officers, Heads of Service and other Senior Managers have in the past few days tried to round up as many people as possible to inform them about the proposals and advise them how it affects them.
As you are a line manager and/or work in a service for which reductions have been proposed,I must inform you that unfortunately, your post is one of those ‘for the chopping block’.
An employee is ‘for the chopping block’ if, following a determination that redundancies need to be made, they are in the pool of staff whose post could be made redundant.
The Council will now begin its consultation process. The purpose of consultation is to explore ways of avoiding or reducing the number of redundancies. It is an opportunity for you to make any suggestions or proposals as to how redundancies could be avoided or minimised,as well as raising any other concerns or questions – I’ve dubbed this ‘pissing in the wind’. Additionally, consultation is an important way for the Council to highlight your needs, before offering any support or assistance that may be required i.e. a firm boot up the backside, to help you on your way.
No decisions have as yet been taken and will not be made until consultation has concluded.
For these purposes the organisation will be consulting with the recognised trade unions about ways of avoiding or reducing the need for redundancies and about the criteria on which any selection for redundancy will be based. Sadly, if you’re a member of a union which does not meet the strict criteria (golf handicap of 10 and below) you’ll be out before you know it. lf redundancies are necessary, (ha ha – did I say ‘If’?) the Council will use selection criteria to determine who, from those at risk of redundancy, will be provisionally selected for redundancy.
This will be done on the basis of objective and quantifiable criteria that will be the subject of consultation with Joe (no, not Stalin – Taylor). The criteria will be reasonably, fairly and consistently applied. You as well as your Trade Union representatives will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed criteria, and the score which you are awarded – see, you even get awarded a score. We’ll even give you a piece of paper promising share options for when we get listed on the Footsie – in return for the employment rights you’ve had savaged. Who said this process didn’t have some positive benefits? :)
As the Council is proposing to make more than 100 ‘workers’ redundant, in accordance with relevant legislation, consultation will last for a minimum period of 90 days.
We are not seeking volunteers at this stage and we are not able to provide details of redundancy or pension estimates as we are currently consulting on ‘changes to the redundancy scheme’ with Trade Unions – Ha haaaaa – least said about this the better…
During the period of consultation, as well as consulting with Trade Unions, we will hold group and individual consultation meetings to discuss the issues outlined in this letter, and any other concerns that you may have. Please don’t attend these ‘wired for sound’ – the scanners will pick it up, and ‘security consultants’ will cart you off out the door and issue you a P45 in the process.
l appreciate that this is an upsetting and difficult time for everyone but l regret that given the scale of the financial challenge the Local Authority has little option but to push on regardless.
If you have any questions or concerns, we have published guidance in the form of Frequently Fudged Questions on the Intranet. We have also put in place a dedicated HR ‘Support’ Team
which can be contacted on 0151 LOL 2222 or by e-mailing email@example.com. The
helpline will be open Monday to Friday from 08.45-17.00hrs.
Trade Union members may wish to contact their Union for advice. If they’re busy, ring HR. Same difference. All employees can also contact the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). This is a free, independent and confidential service available to employees and their family household members, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You will be able to talk in confidence to a qualified adviser and the services include financial and legal advice as well as access to counselling.
If they’re busy, ring the Union, HR, or the Samaritans. Same difference again. ;)
Unless otherwise occupied (Golf, Town Hall bonding sessions) Unions will provide details of every aspect of this stitch-up as we work through it.
You Spin Me Right Round Baby
Whilst Council CX, Goofy “Kubla Khan” Burgess relaxes in the newly refurbished extension of his ego (yes it’s HUGE) over at Clown Hall, Council Staff are not happy. It appears many may be getting “the bullet, or "F**ked up the arse with rusty spike after being made to eat shit for years" as Eldritch so colourfully puts it. Even today, despite the spin, we hear tales of the sort of bullying that makes water boarding at Guantanamo Bay seem like a fun filled trip to “Splash Mountain.”
One time Communist Party* member (*citation) Goofy hasn’t exactly had a tricky time with the local media, given the horrendous mess WBC are still in. An example of this kind of powder puff, kid gloves treatment revealed itself in all its ghastly glory when GB appeared on BBC Radio Merseyside, and was given the soft focus treatment by Roger Philips…”So Graham, how do you cope with being so f**king awesome, day in day out”
Our rotund and sweet-toothed cook Mrs. Doughball was not happy with this interview AT ALL and got in a terrible lather whilst kneading her large sweet dumplings. Thankfully, with Verity’s help she took some solace by sending a rather sharp missive to the BEEB. In short her complaint begged the question why was a public service broadcaster affording dear old Goofy a licence fee funded soapbox to sell his cuddly, cosy ‘vision ?’
Below you’ll find the BBCs official response. Maybe staff and soon to be ex-staff can email Mr Phillips with some suggestions of possible questions to put to good ole Goofy Burgess ? The BBC Website states ” Whatever your views on the topics of the day, Roger Phillips on BBC Radio Merseyside is the person to call on 0151 709 9333.”
After all he really does want you to have your say over “What Really Matters .” So much so in fact, he commissioned a video
Now, here’s that Email
Subject: BBC Complaints -
Dear Mrs Doughballe [sic]
Reference CAS- Doughballe 417000
Thanks for contacting us regarding Radio Merseyside.
We’re sorry to note you were unhappy with Roger Phillips interview with Graham Burgess.
The programme was a half hour conversation between Roger Phillips and Graham Burgess in the programme “The Phillips Hour”. The focus of the programme is to discover the person behind the title, their career history, and aspects about their personal life. The programme doesn’t set out to examine the current roles of interviewees per se, but instead looks at how they arrived at this juncture of their life.
As you may be aware, Mr Burgess took up his role as Chief Executive of Wirrall [sic] Borough Council on Sept 3rd 2012. Accordingly, Radio Merseyside are planning to have Mr Burgess as a Hot Seat guest early next year, when Roger will challenge him thoroughly on his new role. We believe this will be an appropriate and established platform to conduct the type of interview you suggest.
Nevertheless, we’ve also registered your comments on our audience log. This is the internal report of audience feedback we compile daily for the programme makers and senior management within the BBC. The audience logs are important documents that can help shape future decisions and they ensure that your points, and all other comments we receive, are made available to BBC staff across the Corporation.
Thanks again for contacting us.
Order Of The Boot - Things Get Uggly
A Message From Burgess
Hello Lord Leaky here, word reaches us that Council Leader Graham Burgess-Meredith has written to staff to discuss changes in terms and conditions and a period of “consultation”…Oh dear, that sounds rather like a vote of confidence from Roman Abramovitch doesn’ it! But cuts have to be made, after all its a costly affair paying off Heads of Law and the like… One cannot help but wonder what grades the Department of Spin are currently on? They aren’t very good are they? We at Leaky Towers would certainly look at getting shut of them and pronto!
This missive (below) comes in the wake of an announcement of the creation of the post of “SUPER DIRECTOR” on a salary of £127,000 or thereabouts, but fear not council staff you have the might of the Union to back you up, replete with “Just For Men” perma-tanned, Cuban heeled reps who will happily sell you down the river for the quiet life and a nice round of golf.
Once again, the words of Martin Niemöller remain as prescient and well chosen as ever (See HERE)
Here’s what Burgess has to say - he certainly is no joker
From: Burgess, Graham
Sent: 30 October 2012 15:31
Subject: Message from the Chief Executive
I am writing to let you know that I will shortly be publishing a report, that will go to the Council’s Cabinet on the 8th of November, that requests that I be given the Authority to begin formal consultations with the Trade Unions and all staff on some proposed changes that will affect you. I would like to stress that this report seeks to give me the ability to consult and no decisions have been made.
You know that we face an unprecedented budget challenge - we have no choice but to reduce our net budget by £100 million - this includes a projected deficit for next year of £39 million. Given that over 70% of the Council’s revenue budget is devoted to the cost of employing our staff, tough choices need to be made.
Proposed changes include a significant reduction in the cost of senior management, changes to your terms and conditions and potential changes to the manner in which we deliver our services. These are as follows:
1) Firstly we are seeking to reduce our management costs by significantly reducing the number of managers across the Council and so ensuring we have an appropriate structure moving forward.
2) Options need to be considered with the aim of reducing the costs of our enhanced discretionary severance scheme. The aim would be to seek ways to reduce the costs, which will in turn protect more jobs and services, while keeping an enhanced scheme to reduce the potential impact on the very lowest paid. In the event that the scheme is modified any staff leaving after a new scheme comes into effect have to leave on the new terms, regardless of when the dismissal process began. In order to manage expectations, I am recomending that the current voluntary redundancy scheme is suspended immediately.
3) You are currently employed on national and local conditions of service. The local conditions of service are subject to local agreement through a collective agreement with recognised Trade Unions. I wish to work with the Trade Unions and all staff to consider options to reduce the cost of local terms and conditions. This will enable the Council to reduce the potential numbers of job losses that we face.
4) Finally, on the 9th of November I will publish a range of officer options for budget savings. While no decisions have yet been made on the future of services, any options that are being considered that potentially impact on staff require consultation at the earliest possible stage.
I will also be exploring and consulting on options that will enable the Council to implement job evaluation for those staff on grade principal officer (earning over £27,849 and above). This will enable us, as promised, to implement a legally fair, affordable and sustainable pay policy at this level.
My hope is that by entering into constructive discussions with the Trade Unions and all staff we will be able to do all we can to mitigate the impact of the budget reductions we need to make and save as many jobs and front line services as is possible.
My pledge to you is that over the coming days, weeks and months that I will ensure you are kept fully informed of any developments so that you hear about them first from me. The Council Leader and I will also be meeting with as many of you as possible so you have the opportunity to talk to us directly about any concerns that you have.
Quantum of SOLACE
Last night I was rudely awoken from a postprandial snooze by some startling knockers.
Eldritch ran immediately to the Leaky Towers entrance where he saw a couple of figures running away into the distance. ” Fucking trick or treaters! -should I get the 12 bore M’lud. I understand that nice Mr.Cameron chap is all in favour of blasting the head off bloody burglars……”
Lady W, exasperated by the fact that her viewing of the documentary “Downton Abbey” had been interrupted, sternly interjected:
”Oh really Earnest, must we have such a commotion! I think Dear David may have had hardened criminals in mind rather than kiddies asking for sweeties…… “
"It’s a slippery slope M’am…and I should know. I started off begging for money outside Leaky Square Station with a tatty Guy Fawkes .Next thing you know I’m in a branch of NatWest wearing a balaclava and brandishing a sawn -off shotgun …."
It was at this point that Miss Snoop espied a mysterious note lying on the parquet.Ever the one for proper decorum Lady W declared: "Eldritch - the silver salver and the tortoiseshell letter opener, if you would be so kind."
And so with due ceremony I slipped the note from the envelope and this is what it said:
Statement from the HESPE Whistleblowers
The HESPE Whistleblowers have met with Wirral Council to express their serious concerns regarding the investigation procedure.
Mainly that the independent investigator Mr Richard Penn did not interview them or request any evidence from the Whistleblowers.
Mr Penn did state that he would need to interview the group regarding the statutory officer involvement etc. However, the Council then decided not to involve the investigator any further with the group.
We are perplexed how the Council has stated (No case to answer) we have informed Wirral Council that this cherry picking manoeuvre will be exposed.
And so it would appear another character is added to the cast of Wirral Council Cluedo.Who could be this mysterious Mr. Penn?
Quick as a flash Verity is fiddling with her i-thingy and it would appear that Richard Penn works for the organisation SOLACE Enterprises. Which, to be frank, we all thought sounded like an organisation run by a Bond villain. However according to their website:
SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers) is the representative body for senior strategic managers working in the public sector. The Society promotes public sector management excellence and provides professional development for its Members who come from all areas of the public sector. Whilst the vast majority of its members work in local government it also has members operating in senior positions in health authorities, police and fire authorities and central government. SOLACE spans all of the UK, having membership in Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England.
SOLACE Enterprises is wholly owned by the Society and operates, in effect, as a “not for profit” public sector company. It provides high quality, customer-focused and practical support to local government, the public sector, and the voluntary sector, both in the UK and internationally.
Which rather makes SOLACE sound like a Corporate Old Boys Network if you ask us.
At which point it might be useful to remind everyone that Michael Frater is also a member of SOLACE.
We can only assume that Mr.Penn has been attracting the same kind of financial remuneration from Wirral Council, as did Mr.Frater…………. a quantum of SOLACE indeed.
Tricked or Treat ? Where the Abnorman is Normal
Having A Ball - The Mayors In Fact
Verity has been very busy preparing for the Lord Mayors ball, but alas, she seems to be fresh out of Ugg Boots. But fear not she will be there with her little recording device to capture just how the great and the good in WBC wine and dine themselves …lovely! And the funny thing is these people don’t even know what she looks like! Chortle ! It looks a lovely spread, why they even cater for allergies…which is handy because some of Wirral’s great and good do seem somewhat allergic to the truth. The only worry is Verity’s own allergy may give her away, you see she’s allergic to BULLSHIT.
She’s even been sent the table plan (see below) all the big boys and plate spinners on one table, and oh look even a few local journalists…Verity may feel more at home with them perhaps ? It all looks like wonderfully self congratulatory fun, but we do wonder whose paying for this she-bang ! … to which dear Eldritch our gardener and handy man retorted “us probably, the tw*ts!” Hope it’s Bolly then.
Love, Lady Leaks x
Table 1 - Civic Table (16)
Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral
High Sheriff of Merseyside and Mrs Amlot
Mayor and Mayoress of Knowsley
Sheriff of Chester and Sheriff’s Lady
Mayor and Mayoress of West Lancs
Mayor and Mayoress of Halton
Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress
Reverend and Mrs D Chester
Table 2 (9)
Mr & Mrs G Burgess
Mr & Mrs G Hodkinson
Ms Julia Hassall
Mr David Armstrong
Ms Fiona Johnstone
Mr Kevin Adderley
Mrs Emma Degg
Table 3 (11)
Andrew Warren (no cream)
Table 4 (10)
Carolyn Tallents (gluten free meal)
Sally Robinson (nut allergy)
Lisa Newton (veggie)
Karole Dunmore (veggie and brazil nut allergy)
Table 5 (10)
Cllr John Hale
Mrs Tricia Hale
Mr Nigel Wills
Mrs Sue Wills
Dr Kenneth Young
Mrs Lesley Young
Mr Geoffrey O’Connell
Mrs Maureen O’Connell
Mr Roy Catherall
Mrs Hilary Catherall
Table 6 (7)
Mr John Bebell
Mrs Sue Bebell
Mr David Hind
Mrs Sandra Hind
Mr Clive Watkin
Mrs Monica Watkin
Mrs Vivienne Reece
Table 7 (10)
Cllr Jeff Green
Mrs Carol Green
Mr Alan Kerr
Mrs Catherine Kerr
Mrs Yvonne Sanne
Mr Michael Spencer
Mrs Keri Spencer
Mr Noel Fagan
Mrs Chrissy Fagan
Miss Esther McVey MP
Table 8 (8)
Cllr David Elderton
Mrs Barbara Elderton
Mr Rod Trotman
Mrs Eunice Trotman
Mr Geoff Cross
Mrs Marion Cross
Mr Gerry Johnson
Mrs Christine Johnson
Table 9 (10)
Cllr Geoffrey Watt
Mrs Anne Watt
Mr Bill Withey
Mrs Denise Osborne
Cllr Don McCubbin
Mrs Pat Johnson
Cllr Eddie Boult
Mrs Brenda Boult
Mr Mike Clements
Cllr Wendy Clements
Table 10 (10)
Major David Hudson
Table 11 (11)
Councillor & Mrs Phil Davies
Councillor Brian Kenny
Councillor Moira McLaughlin
Councillor Chris Meaden
Councillor Anita Leech and Mr Gary Leech
Mr & Mrs Tony Norbury
Joe and Maureen Copeland
Table 12 (10)
Gordon and Sue Nicholas
Peter and Jackie Brown
Jerry and Sandra Ireland
Richard and Jeanine Lesley
Giuseppe and Debbie Roberto
Table 13 (9)
Sue May - 1 person no seafood, banana, kiwi or melon and 1 person no citrus or cheese)
Table 14 (10)
Table 15 (9)
Mary Dutton (9) (2 veggie and 1 celiac)
Table 16 (10)
Wirral & West Cheshire Prostate Cancer Support Group
Table 17 (5)
Wirral and West Cheshire Prostate Cancer Support Group
Table 18 (10)
Councillor Peter Kearney (5)
Councillor Cherry Povall (1)
Mr & Mrs J Clarke (2)
Mr Paul Murphy (2)
Table 19 (14)
Thornton Hall (1 veggie and one no mushrooms)
Barb Marg McGee
The Ex-Files Update - Wirral Council
An additional severance payment is normally paid to the individual concerned and can be up to 66 weeks of salary. Given that Wirral MBC Chief Officers enjoy a remuneration of over £100k per annum the payoff can be well into six figures. Officers mentioned on your site in the past have certainly collected a payoff of this magnitude. “
Wirral Councils Ex-Files
Committee), should be documented”.
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"
DASS Update: According to Peer Review Progress Not Even So-So” “
It’s now late summer and somewhat like this snifter of Courvoisier I have in my hand we’re feeling fine and mellow at Leaky Towers and we’ve been musing on how we’ve got to know each other very well now - so lets dispense with the formalities for the time being.
We may be members of the landed gentry but in the words of those good buddies Cameron and Brooks -"we’re all in this together" right?. Therefore, you have special permission to henceforth refer to me by my first name Julian and my loyal and trusted Ladyship is quite happy to be called Justine.
So, in the spirit of such bonhomie we’ve been trying to find out for you what Wirral Council’s Department of Adult Social Services has been up to lately.
As you may know they’ve got a new Director - a certain Mr.Hobgoblinson or some such and they even have a plan - "The Everything is Going To Be Nice & Lovely Plan" - so many wonderful,clever ideas with timetables and pie charts and spreadsheets and outcomes and targets and so on and so forth (sorry correction - Justine has just whispered in my ear :” not targets dear ,targets have become very unfashionable ” - and as we know its all about appearances these days and if its one thing darling Justine knows about its fashion - there isn’t a day that goes by without her fingering her way through Vogue and its supermodels).
So there I was thinking so far, so good until dainty Miss Verity just tiptoed in with a note on a silver platter.
And oh dearie ,dearie me it would appear that so much for DASS getting its house in order as the unbelievable news reaches us that the so and so’s at DASS are renewing contracts with a “care provider” who were heavily criticised in the notorious AKA report and who has featured prominently in despatches from Leaky Towers and horrifyingly in this particular story "A Grave Injustice."
How so? I hear you cry?!
Well apparently all those associated with Service Provider 10 has been given the all clear because the owner has been very upset about pranging the Bentley (don’t you just hate it when that happens?) and so all is forgiven apparently - and so - its business as usual and they are now an integral part of The Everything Is Going To Be Nice & Lovely Plan - so break out the Bollinger boys and girls!.
However as dear,darling Verity points out things are not as Oh So Rosy as it would appears as there a few pesky social workers in DASS who are not very happy about this situation as it means they may be have to get into bed (if you’ll pardon the expression ) with a particular person associated with appalling practices ( I’m assuming that these “practices” which would be classed as criminal if perpetrated against you or I were never investigated properly by DASS/CQC or Police or as Ernest Eldritch, our earthy gardner puts it in his own inimitable style - “Seems they just couldn’t be fucking arsed sir, if you’ll pardon me for saying so m’lud”.
So I suppose the question that disgruntled social workers should be posing is whether DASS managers or indeed anyone associated with the Council would be happy to have members of their family under the “care” of someone with a “bit of a rep" as once again Eldritch delightfully puts it
And so - at this juncture I fear that all I can do is sigh deeply,adjust my monocle and commandeer one of Justine’s fashionista phrases and proclaim: ” OH DASS - this is SO VERY YOU"
READ MORE AT CBBC , sorry we mean CQC has ANYTHING changed ?
More shocks in store ……
We, at Leaky Towers, are all a-quiver about the promise of astonishing revelations from mysterious sources. It is clear from these sources that there are Town Hall employees who are STILL afraid to go through official channels…..(and looking at this week’s Page 3 of the Globe my dears who could blame them - suicide may be painless but it’s pretty drastic isn’t it Mr. Morton?).
However, Lord and Lady WL are sitting here with our dry Amontillado breathless with anticipation, should Miss Snoop sweep majestically and stealthily like a young gazelle with the promised piece of paper, which has been referred to in a number of cryptic communiqués from a variety of sources?
Apparently whatever is on this piece of paper is occupying the minds of the great and good of Wallasey Town Hall (OK not great and most definitely not good but I think you know who we mean) and what’s more it explains an awful lot about Town Hall bungling over the past few years ……..
At our age, my Good Lady and I could do with an explanation because frankly we’re having difficulty following the plot of 'Murder She Wrote' these days, so as you can imagine the recent Town hall “machinations” leave us bewitched, bothered and bewildered.
Watch this space, the press and all your favourite news sources.