Another one bites the dust

In recent history, it is difficult to comprehend that any one person can have made as many unsuccessful complaints, to a wide variety of public bodies and statutory regulators, as Tameside’s notorious failed charity and free schools operator, Raja Miah. These include numerous complaints by Miah, or in concert with his cohort, to Oldham MetropolitanContinue reading “Another one bites the dust”

Another leaked section of Assurance Review identifies more police and council failings

On Thursday, 3rd February, 2022 the author of this article, Neil Wilby, received an email from Khazir Rehman (or Kaiser as he is much more commonly known) as part of the follow up to an article published earlier that day that reported on a libel and harassment claim in which he was the unsuccessful defendantContinue reading “Another leaked section of Assurance Review identifies more police and council failings”

Council reveal their detachment from controversial information rights tribunal

A recent information access request to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council has produced another surprising revelation from a public authority that appears not to take the relevant statutory framework, and matters flowing from it, at all seriously enough. Indeed they were exposed within the past three months as deceiving a local politician in order to frustrateContinue reading “Council reveal their detachment from controversial information rights tribunal”

Under fire councillor to face full Standards investigation

At a Standards Assessment Sub-Committee meeting held on Wednesday 20th October, 2021, chaired by the very experienced ex-Mayor, Cllr Peter Dean, it was resolved that Cllr Mark Wilkinson of the hyper-local Failsworth Independent Party (FIPs) is to face a full investigation over alleged misconduct. The complainant is Sean Fielding, the former Leader of Oldham MetropolitanContinue reading “Under fire councillor to face full Standards investigation”

Council finally owns up to deceiving local politician

The chief executive has all but gone, but deep rooted problems still persist in the higher echelons of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, writes Neil Wilby. Highlighted again this week by an admission that they cheated when responding to a freedom of information request made by a local politician and fierce critic of that same administration.Continue reading “Council finally owns up to deceiving local politician”

The straw that broke the camel’s back?

Several well placed sources have confirmed that Dr Carolyn Wilkins, highly paid chief executive of Oldham Metropolitan District Council, is presently on gardening leave*. The Council’s website records that her present salary is £185,169, compared to the median salary of £24,491. No wrongdoing on the part of Dr Wilkins is expressed, or implied, beyond whatContinue reading “The straw that broke the camel’s back?”