Better late than never

Burnham with face turned down

Following the exclusive breaking of the news, elsewhere on this website (read more here), that his final report has suffered further delays, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has issued the following statement on the publication of the assurance review into child sexual exploitation in Oldham:

“Before any important report like this can be concluded, ‘fair process’ letters are sent to individuals affected, including victims. Following responses to those letters, the independent review team have reported that some individuals feel they have not had the opportunity to say everything they want to say.

“It is vital that the team have time to consider how best to ensure their voices are properly heard. For this reason, I have agreed to a short delay in the publication of the report. 

“While this will come as a disappointment to some, it is essential that everybody is able to have confidence in the final report. We are moving closer towards publication and I will be working with the review team to ensure the delay is kept to a minimum.”

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Page last updated: Friday 21st January, 2022 at 1115 hours

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Former Johnston Press area managing director. Justice campaigner. Freelance investigative journalist.

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