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Thursday, 15 October 2009

Number of disclosures under the PIDA (1990) since 2000

Wirral Council has replied to M Smith regarding the above, as follows:
There have been 2 Wirral Employees who have made disclosures under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 between January 1 2000 and today's date. One Employee worked for Department of Adult Social Services and this information which named the department has already been in the Public Domain. The Council is unable to name the 2nd Department and is relying on the exemption found in the FOI legislation at Section 31. In detail the part of the section we have relied on is below.

"The section allows that information which is not exempt information by virtue of section 30 is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice (g) the exercise by any public authority of its functions for any of the purposes specified in subsection (2).
Subsection (2), by or on behalf of the authority by virtue of Her Majesty's prerogative or by virtue of powers conferred by or under an enactment.
In particular the purposes referred to above in (g) is- (b) the purpose of ascertaining whether any person is responsible for any conduct which is improper,"

One employee is still employed as of today's date.

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