THE BROXTOWE SCANDAL: THE DATA LEAK AND THE COVER-UP

  • Syrian refugees ‘put at risk due to data breach by councillors’

  • Incident covered up, no investigation initiated.

  • Council takes action to deter public attending meetings

 

Into spring, and still, the shenanigans at the council continue. While the days grow lighter, our findings get darker. We will now present evidence on why the Council are putting lives at risk (and then covering it up) and how they are purposely doing everything they can to stop YOU finding out what they are up to.

PUTTING REFUGEES AT RISK

A couple of years ago, Broxtowe took in four Syrian families, selected from refugee camps

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Good to hear Cllr Owen!

after being rendered homeless due to the ongoing war. A noble gesture, even if our old friend Councillor Philip Owen voted to end voluntarily welcoming child refugees through his Councillor role at Nottinghamshire County Council. After a member of the public shouted from the gallery ‘How do you sleep at night?” he leered up at the gallery and gloated ‘Very well, thank you’.

However, some humanity prevailed at Broxtowe, and families were settled. These were, to quote our MP…

 …particularly vulnerable Syrian refugees. Some have experienced torture, physical or sexual abuse, some are made more vulnerable by disability or illness; all have had to flee their beloved country in fear of their lives. We can only imagine the terrors they have experienced.

So why, when they arrived, did their personal details get treated with such disdain?

In 2016, a member of the public was passing the former Crown Post Office when they noticed a piece of paper on the pavement. Evidently a public-spirited individual, they picked up the sheet, and before disposing of, had a glance at what was printed. They were horrified to find that the paper was of a highly confidential nature, containing as it did identifying details of the refugee families, with their full names (including children), ages and addresses visible.

Realising the gravity of this data, the member of the public took it immediately to Foster Avenue, and handed it in.

This serious breach should have led to an investigation into how such confidential information could be treated without care. The only four people privy to the data were two councillors (whose names we are withholding here), Chief Executive Ruth Hyde, and Cllr. Richard Jackson. One of these people was responsible for the breach, but our sources tell us that NO formal investigation ensued and no disciplinary action taken.

This is a potentially huge breach of data protection law, and we will be forwarding our findings to the relevant authorities to investigate.

We have heard several other stories of data involving members of the public being treated with such scorn by councillors, and are working to verify these right now. It seems like Broxtowe don’t really give a fig when it comes to info about YOU, but when it comes to hiding what THEY do, they are masters.

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INFO FREAKOS

It is difficult to hold a council to account when they prefer not to tell you anything. One way to sneak around this obvious hurdle is the use of Freedom of Information requests, the humble FoI. We have submitted, between us, several requests and not a single one has received a real answer.

Requests for both the council’s finance data and proceeds from the town hall development received a stock automated response on the 8th of February (promising reply within 20 days) and have not been addressed since. Other requests have received woolly-mouthed deflections that serve no purpose but to protect the council’s information.

Our personal highlight was “please could clarify what you mean by the word ‘recent’.”

This will have consequences for the council as they are obliged by law to respond properly within 20 working days. The council may only breach this obligation if they do not hold the information (they do) or the cost to find the information would be too onerous (it isn’t). As such, they have been reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

This is, however, online information. An email to all council officers, leaked to us, explains that there is an increasing crackdown on the members of the public who are in the public gallery. The council’s interim deputy chief exec has made a point of demanding that the public sit as far back as possible and leave as quickly as they can. Beestonia assumes that this is probably directed at us.

We will be inviting you all to the next full council meeting. It’s time for them to realise that they serve us.

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IRONY OVERLOAD

We finish by adding this without comment, save for the one our mole sent ‘What a way to raise morale!’.

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…”you have been warned” the message of all great Bond villains there, being used to sign off a council email. Thankfully when Beeston finally declares independence we can be assured we have the ruthless (Ruth – Less, get it?) leadership we need.

Back soon!

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6 thoughts on “THE BROXTOWE SCANDAL: THE DATA LEAK AND THE COVER-UP

  1. Lady Middleton says:

    Completing the mandatory on-line courses is sacrosanct and takes priority over proper work. You can whistle for your FOI responses until all on-line courses are completed comrade: there are boxes to be ticked old boy!

  2. RichHartman says:

    To be fair, the email from Ms Hyde is probably just a timely reminder to ensure her staff are up to speed before the new data protection rules come into force in May.

    Meanwhile, according to sources, staff are being encouraged to do on-line training in cv-writing and in how to apply for new jobs. How’s that for a morale-boost at a time when the R word is being gaily bandied around in council circles, whether or not such redundancies (‘voluntary’ or not) may principally be needed to pay for the investigation, for any associated legal costs, and for any severance payoffs to staff whose departures have been ‘negotiated’ over the last 12-18 months. And the official line on this is that services will not suffer. Our council tax is paying for this continuing disaster.

  3. RichHartman says:

    It’s noteworthy that no borough councillors, of any political colour, are tweeting about this or responding to any of the concerns that have been expressed in social media.

  4. Ry Lander says:

    Perhaps as a morale booster, they could print a street map of Beeston and play “spot the job center”? Must be a jolly old wheeze working at Fozzy Avenue these days. Pleaase let us know well in advance of the next full council meeting 😉

  5. SHARON SMITH says:

    Hi Just out of curiosity, when you mentioned 2 Councillors were not going to be named in your article, could I ask which political party they belonged to.

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

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