The Council and democracy Whistleblowing

We are committed to the highest possible standards of openness, honesty and accountability and we will not tolerate malpractice or wrongdoing. We have a zero tolerance approach towards fraud and corruption and this commitment is set out in our Anti-fraud and Corruption policy.

We encourage everyone to feel confident in raising any serious concerns they have about suspected illegal or illegitimate practices within the Council or any other concerns they have over any aspect of our operations or its conduct.

Our whistleblowing policy provides the protection for individuals who make such disclosures and explains how these will be investigated.

It helps with any investigation if you provide contact details in order that we may clarify information and where necessary ask you to provide evidence to support the investigation. Any concerns raised anonymously will be considered depending on the credibility of the information provided.

All concerns will be looked at but not all will warrant a full investigation; it may be that some matters can be resolved informally. All concerns raised will be handled sensitively and in confidence and without the fear of victimisation, discrimination or harassment.

Whilst we encourage the reporting of allegations made in good faith, we will take action against anyone deliberately making false or malicious allegations which damages our reputation or that of our employees.

You will receive information, subject to legal constraints, on the outcome of any investigation but will not receive a copy of the investigation report.

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