All of us, at one time or another, may have concerns about what is happening at work
within the council. Usually these concerns are easily resolved. However, when they are about unlawful or inappropriate conduct, or financial malpractice it can be difficult to know what to do.
This is where our Whistleblowing Policy comes in. It forms part of the Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy and encourages people to report if they suspect any impropriety at work within the council. This can include anything from theft to awarding tenders unfairly to evidence of money laundering.
We take all forms of malpractice very seriously and have introduced the Whistleblowing Policy to encourage you to raise your concerns at an early stage and in the right way.
This policy applies to all employees. For the purpose of this policy only, the term "employees" also includes contractors and suppliers working for or on behalf of the council, on council premises or elsewhere.
We know that raising issues like these can be difficult and that people can have concerns about whether they are being disloyal to colleagues, or might not be sure that they have enough evidence.
If you raise a genuine concern, you will not be at risk of suffering any form of retribution as a result. Provided you are acting in good faith, it doesn't matter if you're mistaken. Of course, we don't extend this assurance to someone who maliciously raises a matter they know is untrue.
Anything you tell us will be treated in the strictest confidence.