Labour Councillors draw up a ‘whistleblowers charter’ to make Ma

Sandra Williams

Labour Councillors on Maghull Town Council are drawing up a new 'whistleblowers' charter' to ensure that the council is always fully open and transparent.


The Labour Councillors, who only took control of Maghull Town Council from the Liberal Democrats in May last year, say they want to sweep away the 'veil of secrecy' under which the council had been run under the previous Lib Dem administration.


Maghull Town Council Audit and Governance Committee chairwoman, Labour's Cllr Sandra Williams, said the Labour administration was determined to throw open the doors to ensure that the public could see what decisions were being made on behalf of the Maghull tax payer.


She said she wanted to ensure that anyone who had a concern about the town council knew exactly how they could raise their concerns in confidence.


Cllr Williams said: "For a long time, decision were being made in Maghull Town Hall which had implications for everyone in Maghull without there being a transparent system in place so that people could see how and why decisions were being made.


"In the same way, since my Labour colleagues and I took control of the town council last year, we have discovered that there is no clear way in which people can raise concerns in relation to the operating of Maghull Town Council.


"The 16 members of Maghull Town Council are managing tax payers' money - if anyone has any issues or concerns about how that money is being managed, then people need to have a way in which they can flag those concerns up.


"So what we are currently drawing up is what you could call a 'whistleblowers' charter', which will allow people to raise concerns in confidence.


"The procedure, which we will be publishing on the town council's website once it has been approved by the council, will detail where people can complain."


Cllr Williams said the whistleblowers' charter will give council staff and members of the public clear lines by which they can carry through a complaint against the council. The procedure will be for complaints to be made to the council clerk, council leader, governance committee chair, independent auditors or the police.


Cllr Williams said: "The complaints procedure will be fully laid out on the town council website, including where people can complain to and contact details.


"People need to know that they can complain about anything if they suspect any kind of wrong doing at the town council, be that complaints about misconduct or suspicions of fraud.


"And they need to be safe in the knowledge that they can complain in confidence if needs be.


"This is another step the Labour Councillors are doing to ensure that Maghull Town Council is as transparent as possible."

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