Peter Ninian Gregson: Edinburgh Council Whistleblowing – A Petition for Change
Edinburgh Council Whistleblowing-‐ A Pe77on for Change Pete Gregson: Council employee and Ci7zen
Scandals• TRAMS: cost twice as much for half thedistance• Property Conservation: thousand home-owners lodged complaints for unnecessary works,with jobs awarded to favoured contractors forbackhanders• Mortonhall: ashes of cremated babiesinterred in mass grave
Solution: • Whistleblowing Hotline– answerable to elected members, notsenior management– Campaigned for through Petitions Committee• Allows citizens to affect operationaland policy matters
Council Staﬀ-‐ Access to Democracy • 5% of city’s workforce • Service users AND service providers • May campaign on services they deliver • Less access to democracy: Paul the Binman – Sacked for campaigning – “gross misconduct” – “likely to cause harm to the councils reputa7on” • Social Media-‐ whole new risk
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