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Scarborough UTC. School But Not As You Know It

Dedicated Whistleblowing Officer Proposed For Scarborough

Scarborough Town Hall

6:02am 14th February 2018

Scarborough Borough Council is set to appoint a dedicated Whistleblowing Officer. 

In 2014, allegations were made against the local authority by an employee. The complainant worked for the council from 2002 until their resignation in 2016. 

The allegations included:

  • misuse of council vehicles
  • inappropriate personal use of council contractors by officers of the council
  • lack of policies and procedures
  • harassment and bullying 
  • threats and damage

The council was cleared of the allegations due to 'insufficient evidence to justify a criminal investigation' according to the report by Mazars. 

In August 2017, Leader of Scarborough Borough Derek Bastiman took the decision to publish the Mazars report publicly, despite Mazars not granting the council permission to do so. 

RELATED STORIES: Scarborough Borough Council Publishes 'Whistleblowing' Report

Now, the council are looking to create a Whistleblowing Officer to deal with similar situations should they arise in the future, as well as reviewing their current policy in place for whistleblowing.

Councillor Sandra Turner is the Portfolio Holder for Communities at Scarborough Borough Council, she said: 

 "We feel everything was done that could be done. But I still stand by the fact that if we look at our policy and it could have been clearer, we could've had members of staff in position that could have dealt with things in a better place, then we will review, always and we will adjust accordingly. 

A Whistleblowing Officer was one of the recommendations and we agree with that and we will make sure that's in place now.

This will now go to full council for approval, and we'll put that in place after that. If people had an issue, it would mean that they would feel comfortable and talk in a confidential nature, that's the key. 

They'd feel safe in coming forward in any information that they felt needed reporting."

Listen to the full interview with Councillor Turner below:

Scarborough UTC. School But Not As You Know It


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