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Peter Ninian Gregson: Edinburgh Council Whistleblowing – A Petition for Change

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#CeDEM13 Day 2 afternoon, Reflections, Main Hall, Chair: Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen

#CeDEM13 Day 2 afternoon, Reflections, Main Hall, Chair: Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen


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  • 1. Edinburgh  Council  Whistleblowing-­‐  A  Pe77on  for  Change    Pete  Gregson:  Council  employee    and  Ci7zen  
  • 2. 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
  • 3. Solution:  •  Whistleblowing Hotline–  answerable to elected members, notsenior management– Campaigned for through Petitions Committee•  Allows citizens to affect operationaland policy matters
  • 4. 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