Wirral Council: It would be very risky not to give Wirral CEO Graham Burgess a permanent contract

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Mr Burgess is paid at the top of the Chief Executive salary range of £121,807 – £135, 341 per annum.


….so goes the blurb from Chris Hyams, Head of HR, who is subservient to the man at the top.  Er… not sure an underling can recommend anything else, assuming they want to ‘get on in life’?  From whom does Ms Hyams take her orders?

I noticed that there is a link to an Equality Impact Assessment in the above .pdf file.  But the link doesn’t do what it says on the tin.  Although it mentions ‘the EIA attached to this report’, all it does is take concerned members of the public to generic information about EIAs.

So what’s going on?  Where is the actual EIA backing up the decision to make Mr Burgess permanent?

This morning I rang somebody at the Council in the appropriate department, who acknowledged it didn’t look right and she would look into it, and put it right.

She also said it wasn’t possible to ‘unpublish’ documents once they are up there.  I said, “I don’t want it unpublishing – I think it needs correcting and the correct link putting up there.  At the moment it’s misleading…”

She will get back to me…  sorry, no she won’t.  The Wirral Council brand of public service only extends to doing what’s been asked (maybe) then leaving it at that.

The concern behind all this is, “Why does permanently cementing in place a senior public servant have equalities implications?” – which was a point that couldn’t be addressed by the council person I spoke to.

It’s very similar to this situation, where the council attempted to treat 66 councillors as some sort of ‘protected group’ – but later had to remove the EIA from the website – although the offending piece of paperwork still strangely survives here.  Why?

I think we need to be on our toes once again.  More to follow soon….



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