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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Decision on repayment to overcharged vulnerable people put off by Wirral Council

Liverpool Daily Post by Liam Murphy,

WIRRAL council last night put off making a decision on repaying vulnerable people overcharged while in its care.

Last night’s second meeting of the audit committee was meant to consider a report after consultation with the social services whistleblower Martin Morton.

The September meeting of the authority’s audit committee was told the council allowed a “coordinated cover-up and serious malpractice” over a special charging policy for vulnerable people in its care. The committee is trying to establish how far back it has to look to repay those overcharged.

But Tory Leah Fraser repeatedly insisted the meeting could no continue as the report said no input into the overcharging had been obtained from Mr Morton.

Cllr Fraser said Mr Morton had not been given enough time to respond.

The committee agreed to meet again on November 25 to see if the report can be completed with Mr Morton's help, or if he needs more time.

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