ERYC Social Care Crisis – Discussed In Parliament

In recent weeks my exposures of East Riding of Yorkshire Council failures have then been reported in the Hull Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, and the Yorkshire Post.

Emma Hardy, Labour MP Hull West And Hessle

After my publishing, ERYC Social Care Workforce – Desperately Seeking on Saturday, yesterday the crisis was raised in Parliament by Emma Hardy, Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle.

Emma “asked the minister for more financial support for Tory East Riding Council as it wants to pay adult social carers more to attract them back to the profession.” and stated: “My constituent was told there were no carers to look after her mum.”

Why did none of the East Riding Tory MPs ask the question of the Tory Government for a Tory Council? Could it be that they know the reply already?

I wonder if ERYC informed Emma that in July they had “spent £2m on a pay review and job evaluation scheme” to external consultants instead of paying a decent wage to Social Care workers? Surely ERYC would want clean hands in their “approach” to the Government.

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ERYC Social Care Workforce – Desperately Seeking

There are numerous reasons why the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) continually fail to ensure an adequate Social Care workforce to meet the demands faced. These include the shameful bullying culture, lack of a decent wage, and a comment by the ERYC Leader Jonathan Owen that insulted those currently working in other professions – the very people ERYC MUST attract.

ERYC Leader Councillor Jonathan Owen

I refer everyone to ERYC Bullying Culture – Highlighted Since 2017. Who would want to work in such a toxic environment? Yet senior officers and Councillors NEVER admit that bullying exists!

Only last week ERYC Leader Councillor Jonathan Owen insulted the very people ERYC MUST attract who are currently working in other jobs by stating their present employment is:

“easier jobs”.

One to file under how to attract future staff, Jonathan? You have just insulted them! Of course, you will deny this like you and others deny the bullying culture.

A Decent Wage

Having insulted potential future applicants and done nowt about the bullying culture surely paying a decent wage is not rocket science?

In July there was the announcement of ERYC “spending £2m on pay review and job evaluation scheme” to external consultants! Has the “pay review and evaluation scheme” resulted in current staff seeking and securing alternative employment?

Then, just over a week ago Jonathan makes the claim that:

“to bring wages up to comparative levels and stem the loss of staff would put potentially, pressure on our Council budgets of £1.6m”

Why the hell has ERYC wasted £2m on external consultants when they already knew that Stage One – A Decent Wage would cost £400,000 less at £1.6m?

There is no wonder to quote Jonathan:

“…we are haemorrhaging our social care workforce to other jobs because of uncompetitive rates of pay”

I have stated that I believe Councillor Jonathan Owen is the best of the 67 Councillors to be the Leader of ERYC and I stand by this.

I would suggest that Jonathan buys himself a new calculator and applies some common sense to proceedings. The offer of coffee and a sticky bun is always open to Jonathan.

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ERYC Director Retired – Top Secret

Three weeks ago I exposed how the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) had banned Independent Supported Living (ISL) residents from accessing day services since March 2020.

“Retired” ERYC Director of Adult Services John Skidmore

This was eventually covered by the Hull Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror.

In the midst of all the media glare highlighting the failure of ERYC Adult Services a “retirement” was being kept top secret. Unless you count the email sent to staff that is.

I can confirm that within the last two or three weeks, John Skidmore, ERYC Director of Adult Services “retired”.  I am sure that the exposure of the banning of ISL residents days prior had nothing to do with it!

It would appear that John was given the option to “retire” or “be retired”.

Did anyone read in the Hull Daily Mail of the joyous retirement? Did Caroline Lacey, ERYC Chief Executive wish John a long retirement? Was there a statement from ERYC Leader Councillor Jonathan Owen wishing John success in fulfilling his lifelong dream to become the West Ridings Champion Rhubarb Grower?

This would confirm the options offered then!

Given the failure, for years of ERYC Adult Services, someone had to fall on the sword. So up step Mr Skidmore. There was no other choice but to make the sacrifice of John as numerous Adult Services “Service Managers” had already either left or gone on long term sick:

  • Anita Brigham
  • Steve Gray
  • Lianna Kirk
  • Lynne Froud
  • etc…

(NB: All are invited to whistleblow to Strangeway via the usual well-trodden means)

The ERYC Adult Services disaster continues, we have witnessed:

Could I suggest that the ERYC top floor and the Cabinet meet to discuss what Strangeway is exposing? Or have they already read my mind?

Something tells me the disaster has only just begun.

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Operation Silence Strangeway – ERYC Considering Options

I am delighted to introduce readers to Operation Silence Strangeway.

The Target Of Operation Silence Strangeway

My sources within the Ivory Tower,  aka County Hall, inform me that ERYC is considering their options to silence Strangeway.

It would seem that the follow-up coverage my exposures received in the Hull Daily Mail, and the Daily Mirror touch some raw nerves. The leaks from the Tory Councillors very own group messenger service caused great concern or should I say fear within the Tories.

All I ever do is hold public servants to account as per the Nolan principles. What could possibly be wrong with that? Surely Senior ERYC officers and elected Councillors endorse the Nolan Principles?

Please see: East Riding of Yorkshire Council for an extensive listing of recent exposures.

Lisseter Files

I can announce, for the first time, that the Lisseter Files will reveal evidence that there was an orchestrated attempt to silence Strangeway when he was an Independent ERYC Councillor between 2016 and 2019.

Certain Conservative Councillors were not happy at how efficient Councillor Andy Strangeway was in representing those who elected him!

I will publish the shocking evidence in due course.

Legal Action

I would love ERYC to attempt to silence me via the Courts. My only suggestion would be:

Wait until you see the size of my bundle.

Coffee And Sticky Bun

I hold no ill will to either ERYC Chief Executive Caroline Lacey or ERYC Leader Conservative Councillor Jonathan Owen.

My invite for the three of us to meet in a mutually agreeable place for a coffee and a sticky bun is always open to Caroline and Jonathan. My treat.

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ERYC £20K Planning Appeal – Fake News

Many have been concerned since March 2021 as to what the outcome will be in relation to ERYC Catastrophic Planning Failure that is likely to result in hundreds of houses being built in Pocklington and Swanland that should never have been built.

Will Stamford Bridge be next?

This is due to a deficit of 1657 affordable homes against the Policy S5 requirement. In essence, ERYC Councillors on the Planning Committees have collectively failed to ensure that the minimum requirement of 25% affordable housing as per ERYC Policy was fulfilled on average on all approvals. The Pocklington Bund/The Mile was a prime example of this.

The former disgraced ERYC Deputy Leader Councillor Mike Stathers claimed:

“The council’s bill [for a Judicial Review to contest the decision] would be no more than £20,000″

Councillor Stathers then claimed:

“…the figure I gave to colleagues was that given to me by Alan Menzies.” (NB: Alan is the ERYC Director of Planning).

On the 16 September 2021, via a Freedom of Information request for information held in relation to the claim made that “The council’s bill would be no more than £20,000”  it was confirmed that:

The council does not hold any information in relation to the above statement.

I submit my evidence to the Court of Public Opinion. Please see: Freedom of Information Request FOI 13549 – Strangeway

Those who have a basic understanding as to the cost of a Judicial Review will know that to claim it would cost £20K is living in the Land of the Cuckoos.

Should we file this under the incompetence or dishonesty of Councillor Stathers or the Director of Planning Alan Menzies? I would suggest that it is best not to waste our time working that one out. One to simply file under Fake News.

Oral Hearing

Please note in Freedom of Information Request FOI 13549 – Strangeway

“The court has listed the matters for an oral hearing on 12th & 13th October 2021.”

Why has ERYC not made this information public when I have held the information for three weeks?

The Outcome

The Court can ultimately only decide if the Inspector committed a procedural impropriety.

I doubt this will happen. If it does I would be of the opinion that Gladman will re-appeal and the Inspector will iron out the procedural impropriety. The fact regards the deficit of 1657 affordable homes will remain. The final outcome will reflect this.

East Riding residents will pick up the bill. Those living in Pocklington, Swanland, Stamford Bridge etc… will have hundreds of houses imposed on them.

What a mess ERYC Councillors have created.

Further Information

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Moral Discipline Essential In Public Office

Readers will note that it is, and has always been, my policy never to pursue the subjects of my investigations into private life; I concern myself only with their actions as public servants.

Having been blessed to share 24 years with my wife Ruth my marriage vows are sacrosanct to me.

As a Buddhist moral discipline is fundamental to my practice. “In the practice of moral discipline we should abandon any inappropriate actions including those that cause others suffering”

My political commentary is driven by the Nolan Principles especially “1.6 Honesty – Holders of public office should be truthful”.

Sadly not all East Riding Councillors who are married embrace my committment to be faithful to their spouse.

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ERYC Continue To Ban ISL Residents

East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) has continued to ban Independent Supported Living (ISL) residents from accessing day services.

This is despite my exposing the failures on 20 September in ISL Residents Banned From Day Services. In addition, I requested ERYC Chief Executive Caroline Lacey and all Councillors to take “immediate and appropriate action for the benefit of all East Riding ISL residents”.  Nothing has changed.

Yesterday the main article in the Hull Daily Mail “Disabled man’s heartbreak after he is ‘banned from job’ he loves” also highlighted the shameful policy of ERYC not allowing ISL residents to attend East Riding Day Services.

Unfortunately, the article misreports certain aspects, to clarify:

  • The article refers to volunteers. They are not volunteers. They are people who have been assessed by ERYC as needing Day Services because of their disabilities. People who live in ISL have been specifically excluded from returning to services – in effect a blanket ban – despite the majority having both vaccinations and being regularly tested. The parents/carers have asked ERYC repeatedly for a plan, or policy or strategy to resume Day services – none has been forthcoming. For the ISL residents, there is no end in sight causing continuing distress to vulnerable members of society.
  • Day Services have had Covid mitigation measures in place in accordance with Council guidelines for many months. Some service users whose parents/carers are deemed to be ‘in crisis’ have been allowed to return to be in ‘bubbles’. Parents/carers have asked what the criteria are for selection for this small group of ISL residents – no response.
  • Most recently parents/carers have contacted Councillors to make them aware of the situation – NOT one has responded and the silence from ERYC Officials has been deafening.
  • A group of parents/carers of service users (ISL residents), feel they have been ignored, neither consulted nor regularly informed and particularly those parents/carers with adults who live in ISLs made to feel as if their young people just don’t matter.

I have exposed this, Hull Daily Mail have exposed this, it has been referred to Caroline Lacey and Councillors have failed to respond. What will it take to resolve this failure of policy and accountability?

Yet again I request ERYC Chief Executive Caroline Lacey and all Councillors to take “immediate and appropriate action for the benefit of all East Riding ISL residents”.

Further Information

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East Riding Tory Infighting Escalates

Yesterday I received an email with two attachments that confirm infighting within the East Riding Tories is escalating out of control.

I am informed that Felicity, Richard and Leo are:

  • Councillor Felicity Temple, former Tory Group Secretary
  • Councillor Richard Burton, former Tory ERYC Leader
  • Councillor Leo Hammond

The above two images were attached to an email sent at 10.07. The email is cut and pasted below:

“Thank you for your exposé for bullying at ERYC however this has reached a very sad new low. One (Cllr X – Redacted) currently laying in hospital due to a vicious personal attack which I understand happened at a conservative group meeting yesterday. (Cllr X – Redacted) had stood out against the Rathin Energy application putting a supportive message on his face book slot and several members (named on the screen shots which have been sent to me) made vicious personal verbal attacks on him for speaking out against Rathlin energy – I understand (Cllr X – Redacted) has been an environmentalist for years – this has now gone around the various group message services that councillors have. Felicity Temple must be stopped – bullying kills . (Cllr X – Redcated). Lissiter was also too young to go.

We are all shocked and stunned and a complaint has been made to tory HQ”

Firstly, I would like to wish Cllr X a full and speedy recovery.

I fully endorse the opinion that bullying kills. How much more bullying will the ERYC Tory Group put up with before action is taken? I am pleased to note, and fully support, that a complaint has been submitted to Tory HQ.

Planning Predetermination

As the ERYC Tory Group meeting was held prior to the Tory dominated ERYC Planning Committee considering the highly contentious Rathin Energy application many will be as concerned as I am that this suggests predetermination.

The decision by the Planning Committee to reject the application, by seven votes to five, was in direct contrast to the Environment Agency and Natural England who raised no objections. Even the council planning officers recommend approval of the plans.

I strongly believe that there was predetermination and that Rathin Energy will take this to appeal and win. This will cost East Riding taxpayers thousands.

Mutual Acquaintances

There are many within the ERYC Tory Group that the public would never vote for if they stood as Independents. This is simply down to the fact that they constantly fail to care about their residents and are often notable by their very absence. In essence, they are hiding behind the Conservative Party to shield their incompetence. These Councillors will sit back, collect their £12k+ a year for doing very little and put up with the bullying.

While others, who have the support of their residents, are in a position to stand up to the bullying as their residents would support them if they choose to go Independent.

I have numerous mutual acquaintances, whose judgement I would value, of both Councillor Kerri Harold and Councillor Paul Nickerson who speak very highly of them both.

I would suggest that Kerri, Paul and others should consider the colour of the shirt they wear before the situation gets any worse.

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Lisseter Files – Temple Exposed Part 2

This morning I received a rather alarming email with attachments. In the public interest, I thought it appropriate to follow on from Lisseter Files – Temple Exposed Part 1 with Part 2 and incorporate an invitation to certain Councillors.

Part 2:

“I will obviously await to hear further from you however as explained earlier this morning the matter is now with solicitors. Obviously I will look at any further considerations but in the meantime please can you formally confirm both postal address and contact details for both the EYCCA and the Conservative Group for them to use should they be needed.”

Did Paul’s passing halt legal action? If so, against who?

Today’s Email

The email and attachments I received this morning relate to a meeting held yesterday.

Prior to disclosure tomorrow I give the following the right to submit a statement for publication before 11.30am:

  1. Councillor Richard Burton
  2. Councillor Jane Evison
  3. Councillor Leo Hammond
  4. Councillor Kerri Harold
  5. Councillor Richard Meredith
  6. Councillor Felicity Temple

I am sure they all know what I will be disclosing. I would politely ask fellow Councillors of the above-named to pass my offer to those listed.

Further Information

The best (or should I say worst) is still yet to come.

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Lisseter Files – Temple Exposed Part 1

Despite publishing Paul Lisseter Names Cllr Felicity Temple it appears that Ms Temple has not been suspended. Does this suggest that she holds “insurance” on those who should suspend her?

On 26 March 2021 14.43 I received the cut and paste email above from Paul.

“I think I have explained the position in relation to the rules and advice. Clearly you have your view but don’t seem to deal with the rules in full or the advice fully either.”

I will share the next two paragraphs as Part 2 and Part 3 in due course. Strangeway is never in a rush. This year, next year…

Further Information

The best (or should I say worst) is yet to come.

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