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Bonkers Blog November 2011

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1 November (Part 1) - Will Tuckey, Chief Executive. Big time failure

Will TuckleyThe decision by our quarter million pound “good value for money” Chief Executive Will Tuckley to report those who criticize his dishonest council to the police continues to have ramifications. As a result the police find themselves reported to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Bexley council are in trouble with the Information Commissioner for various refusals to conform to the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), not least for refusing to reveal that woeful Will made the original misjudgment. His stupidity continues to reverberate around the Civic Centre.

A Bonkers reader who had not contacted me before copied to me his 15 point Harassment related FOI to Bexley council. One of the questions is “Since that [Harassment] letter refers to allegations of “CRITICISM” and nowhere to allegations of “HARASSMENT” would you please advise why the London Borough of Bexley wrote this knowing this to be untrue?” and goes on in similar vein. I rather like “Would you also please advise whether the London Borough of Bexley recognise Article 11 of the Human Rights Act 1998. “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.” of the Human Rights Act 1998 and abide by it?”

There is already one unanswered question about the Harassment letter not referring to harassment with the Information Commissioner after Bexley council refused to answer it.

Council leader Teresa O’Neill believes Tuckley to be “good value for money” and not the liability he has proved to be. £208,000 a year plus enough extras to bring it up to a quarter of a million and what do we get for the money? We know he gets 32 days leave a year; how many hours is he supposed to work when he is there? None actually. Nothing is laid down. “The duration of his working time is not measured or predetermined, nor can be determined by the worker himself.” Among Tuckley’s key objectives is “To ensure that the statutory duties of the Council are met.” A complete fail there then. Another is that he should “set Bexley at the leading edge of London Boroughs and as an exemplar council.”

And then there is “To build strong relationships with local stakeholders.” Not too bad there then, he has Bexleyheath police wrapped around his little finger.

Information obtained under FOI (Bexley reference 11/569) answered just a little under four months late. ‘Exemplar council’? The Information Commissioner won’t agree.


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