'Shocking failings' prompt union to prepare legal action against Bromley council
PUBLISHED: 17:30 07 March 2017
Lawyers at Unite are investigating perceived failings
Britain’s biggest union says it is compiling a dossier of evidence as it prepares legal action against Bromley council.
Unite, which has previously supported the Backing Bromley campaign, claims to have discovered ‘shocking’ examples of mistreatment via a hotline set up for residents.
Now Unite has called on its lawyers to investigate and look into legal action against the council and individual Bromley councillors for “failings in their statutory duties to protect the people of Bromley”.
But Stephen Carr, leader of the council, has slammed the move as a publicity stunt.
The union claims it is currently compiling evidence on perceived failings over children and young people as well as old and vulnerable residents, as well as ‘failing Bromley residents with housing and other local failures impacting services for Bromley residents.
Unite acting general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “Bromley residents and Unite have compiled a shocking dossier which exposes mistreatment and failures by Bromley council. There is potential evidence that individual councillors and the council collectively have been failing in their public duties to protect the people of Bromley. Unite is making its considerable resources available to the people of Bromley .
“Residents in the average Bromley property are about to see their council tax rise by nearly £50. Some of the reports we have seen are alarming. Bromley deserves a lot better and Unite intends to hold the council to account.”
Cllr Carr said: “This is the same dossier that the Unite inspired Backing Bromley stunt promised to deliver to the Council in the autumn.
“We’re now in the spring and have still not received it.
“If there is any substance in these publicity hungry allegations, the shock is that the council have not been contacted.
“It has been said that we do not have a whistle-blowing policy but of course, the reverse is true. We’re investing in services for the most vulnerable and in common with many other local authorities, we have raised council tax, including the Government’s adult social care precept so that we can continue to look after the elderly and young people and deal with other national problems on a local level, such as those who are homeless.”
“No one looks at legal action unless it is for a cheap headline, without actually contacting the organisation concerned, especially if they are truly concerned for the vulnerable.
“When or if contacted formally, we will respond as appropriate but this is yet more dubious behaviour that we have come to expect from the Unite Backing Bromley bullies.”