Posted by: John Brace | 24th October 2017

Why did Wirral Council spend £637.06 on refreshments for Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub briefings?

Why did Wirral Council spend £637.06 on refreshments for Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub briefings?

                                        

Cllr Bernie Mooney (Cabinet Member Children and Families) 16th October 2017

Cllr Bernie Mooney (Cabinet Member Children and Families) 16th October 2017

At the last public meeting of all of Wirral Council’s councillors, Cllr Bernie Mooney pictured above (Cabinet Member for Children and Families) said, “The most criminal thing out of all of this is the people who are suffering are the poorest people in society.”

Last year Wirral Council, which was paid for its Children Services section, paid £637.06 for “refreshments” for a series of briefings to partner agencies to do with the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

The “refreshments” were bought at Costco (Liverpool), Marks and Spencer (Cheshire Oaks) and Marks and Spencer (Croft Retail Leisure Park) and included tea, coffee, biscuits, quiche, sausage rolls, apples, bananas, seedless grapes, platters, caramel crispies, flapjacks, Rocky Road mini bites, hummus, chive dip, a maple & pecan Danish pastry, sour cream, plums, chocolate brownies, mini rolls, a chocolate orange, teacakes, pitta chips, disposable plates, disposable cutlery and other items of food that are detailed on the receipts below.

In the same speech, Cllr Mooney asked for a further £25 million to be spent on services for children at Wirral Council and she was also concerned about the rise in the use of foodbanks.

Costco receipt refreshments at briefings for Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub

Costco receipt refreshments at briefings for Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub



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Marks and Spencer refreshments briefings multi agency safeguarding hub page 1 of 3

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Responses

  1. How much cash did Bernie (public) Mooney squander?

  2. Wirral Hard Right Labour :

    o Disposable plates
    o Disposable cups
    o Non-Disposable careers

    • The paper plates and disposable cutlery aren’t very environmentally friendly. Doesn’t Wallasey Town Hall have any plates and cutlery that can be used?

  3. Add in the cost of a member of staff( oh hang on ,make that two!) That went to get this stuff, fuel , and tunnel fees.Filling you face full of fancies whilst Wirral burns.

    • I don’t have any information as to whether or not financial claims for the items you refer to were made to Wirral Council.

  4. I can see it now “Yes its so sad about the number of foodbanks these days, would you like another teacake?”
    And they have the cheek to ask for another £25 million, why don’t they farm child services out to contract like every other service we have these days.
    I would like to know who all these childern who need safe guarding, do they come from familes who’s parents are out of work, in work but low paid? In todays age there shouldn’t be any, or do they see a child who doesn’t own a mobile phone and say they are poor ones who need help

    • As to your other question, Wirral Council along with Cheshire West and Chester Council have already set up a Community Interest Company called Edsential “to provide services to schools and improve the lives of children in the local area”. A number of Wirral Council staff were transferred to it.

      However one of the main problems identified at Wirral Council leading to problems was large numbers of temporary agency staff being used.


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