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Posted by: John Brace | 29th April 2016

What are the changes to citizen audit for 2015/16?


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  1. In light of these changes John, a pertinent question for many tax payers would be:

    Is it still possible for the council to pay a senior person £ManyThousands in mysterious circumstances, cover it all up, get its mates – the alleged ‘independent’ auditors – to sign it off, then spend a similar or EVEN GREATER amount over several years fending off and fobbing off determined members of the public in their valiant, good faith attempts to unravel the mysteries, discover the true amount of the payment and the date the mysterious payment was made?

    Another relevant question would be:

    Is it still possible for the same council during times of professed austerity to commission a very costly southern-based barrister, make multiple court submissions and several costly appearances – all completely and utterly disingenously – as a means of pretending to protect the interests of former employees whom you secretly despise, whilst attempting to “smoke out” the same engaged members of the public, whom you also publicly ‘want to be engaged’ but secretly detest because a. they’re constantly getting under your skin and b. threatening to expose you, and whom you yourself are wrongly misrepresenting to a judge as ‘disingenuous’, and whom you wrongly believe (because you are as thick as a post and as crooked and on the take as the day is long) to be the creative minds behind the most popular and entertaining blog upon this borough of Wirral?

    • According to Alexa, this blog is the more popular blog compared to Wirral Leaks.

      I think I’ve made this point before, although the First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) holds its hearings in a court building, it’s a tribunal not a court.

      So for example, unlike a court case under the Civil Procedure Rules where a third party for a fee can receive copies of documents filed with the court, there isn’t an equivalent right of access for third parties for information submitted to a tribunal.

      There are plenty of areas of expenditure that Wirral Council spends money on (apart from departing employees) that the general public would be surprised at the amounts spent and what it’s spent on.

  2. Cheers John. I said ‘popular and entertaining’.

    Whilst we all appreciate your sterling efforts and the amount of time you spend in trying to hold these people to account….

    … footage of evasive councillors and senior officers taking enormous pleasure in showing the public what prize sellouts, bystanders and crooks they are is the polar opposite to ‘entertaining’.

    http://www.alexa.com currently has the wirralinittogether.wordpress.com blog as 1 million places more ‘popular’ than johnbrace.com. Although it could be the residual effect of getting 10,000 visitors in one day last month and appearing briefly in Google’s global list of 100 top blogs.

    • Alexa ranks the most popular website as #1 in their rankings, the second most popular #2.

      As the Alexa rank is averaged over the last 3 month period, any brief change upward in traffic would improve it but not by much.

      Anyway the current Alexa rank for the two websites is:

      #5,285,400 for johnbrace.com (up 5,058,785 compared to the previous 3 month period)
      #10,947,561 for wirralleaks.wordpress.com (down 2,871,524 compared to the previous 3 month period)

      Think of the Aesop fable of the tortoise and the hare. Although the hare might run a website and get a spike of visitors in one day, the tortoise just plodded along and won the race.

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