Calls for councils to have whistleblowing hotline


The Public Petitions Committee agreed to continue the petition from Pete Gregson on behalf of Kids not Suits calling for whistleblowing hotlines for all councils in Scotland. on 29 October 2013.

The petition calls for the introduction of staff whistleblower hotlines to report mismanagement in Scottish local authorities, with reports overseen by councillors from each party.

Mr Gregson said Edinburgh City Council workers had been sacked in the past for whistleblowing and added staff had left the council ten years ago after flagging up concerns about the trams project and then becoming "marked men".

He called for a safer system for whistleblowers in councils that put "knowledge in the hands of the politicians directly" praising the new measures now being adopted by Edinburgh.

The council has agreed to a new whistleblowing hotline to be piloted with calls to the confidential service being handled by an external company.

Concerns will be logged and reported to the council's governance committee.

The committee agreed to contact the Scottish government, Audit Scotland, COSLA, UNISON, UNITE and the GMB, SPSO and Solace with the petition.

MSPs decided to refer the petition on realignment of parliamentary governance on the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman to the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body after hearing evidence from petitioner John McLean.

The third new petition the committee considered was by Patrick Krause, on behalf of the Scottish Crofting Federation, on control of wild goose numbers, also taking evidence from Roddy MacDonald from the Scottish Crofting Federation.

The committee agreed to refer the petition to the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee.

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