UPDATED: Career destroyed, depressed and facing financial ruin - whistleblower Martin Morton is now seeking justice for himself

Wirral Globe: Career destroyed, depressed and facing financial ruin - whistleblower Martin Morton Career destroyed, depressed and facing financial ruin - whistleblower Martin Morton

SOCIAL services whistleblower Martin Morton’s case still has no end in sight – almost two years after Wirral Council agreed to find a suitable resolution.

His legal team claim council chiefs have failed to respond to urgent requests to settle the matter - leaving Mr Morton in severe financial straits and suffering from depression.

In 2008, Mr Morton approached the Globe seeking help to expose a scandal in which vulnerable adults had been systematically overcharged for their rented accommodation.

The former adult social services manager had repeatedly warned his bosses about the scandal but was first ignored, then bullied out of his job having signed a gagging clause forbidding him from revealing the overcharging to the press.

However the whistleblower's desire to see justice for the tenants persuaded him to speak to our journalists - and the Globe's shocking revelations caused a bombshell in the town hall.

They led to a series of damning independent top-level inquiries being commissioned - and several senior officers in post at the time are no longer employed by the authority.

The campaign eventually persuaded the council to apologise to the vulnerable residents it had "ripped off" and also saw it making a full apology to Mr Morton offering "appropriate remedy including possible re-engagement with the council."

But that was two years ago - and it appears little has been done to help Mr Morton since.

Mr Morton, 50, said: “Five years after I first exposed the abuse of vulnerable people in council care, I am unemployed and on anti-depressants, with my home in jeopardy and recurring thoughts of taking my own life.

"Meanwhile, those implicated in serious malpractice have been rewarded with six-figure pay-offs.

“I agreed in good faith with the council’s legal department not to pursue the proven case matter of harassment via the courts in 2011.

"We now find ourselves in the ludicrous situation that despite Wirral Council paying legal costs since this time I may now have no option but to do so."

David Kirwan, managing partner at Kirwans law firm, is insisting the council take steps to resolve the matter – or face the consequences.

He said although the town hall originally pledged to pay Mr Morton’s legal fees, senior managers have so far refused to engage with Mr Kirwan and discuss Mr Morton’s claim for compensation.

Mr Kirwan said: “Back in April 2011, Wirral Council made a very public apology to Mr Morton for the disgraceful way he had been treated after bringing the appalling cases of abuse to its attention and recognised that his public-spirited actions had ultimately destroyed his life.

"The council also promised to remedy the situation.

“However, despite repeated efforts by myself to contact both Graham Burgess [chief exceutive] and Surjit Tour [chief legal officer] for assurance that the council still intend to both remedy Mr Morton’s situation and pay his legal fees, I have yet to hear from either.

“This inexcusable delay and procrastination has left Mr Morton’s life in tatters.

"His reward for highlighting the abuse of vulnerable people has been unemployment, depression, and recurring thoughts of suicide."

Mr Morton said: “The fact the council destroyed my career, my future, my family life, my health and well-being is simply unquantifiable.

"However, my bottom line is this, Wirral Council destroyed my future – they need to atone and secure it.”

Mr Morton said that he could no longer consider returning to work for an employer who has caused him such considerable harm.

A council spokeswoman said: “Wirral Council has to date funded legal fees in excess of £14,000 relating to Mr Morton’s case.

"Discussions related to ongoing legal fees are continuing with Mr Morton’s legal representatives."

The spokeswoman continued: "On a number of occasions, the council has expressed extreme regret for what happened to Martin, and has thanked him for drawing the matters to our attention.

"We have offered Martin a job back with the council, but understand that this isn't something he wishes to accept.

‘We are now keen to ensure that Martin has all the support that he needs and that a resolution to this is found as quickly as possible.

"To that end the chief executive did offer to meet him, and that invitation still stands.”

 

UPDATE: David Kirwan responds: “Any legal payments made so far have been to Mr Morton’s previous legal firm, Ralli, in Manchester – not to Kirwans.

"Kirwans has yet to be paid by Wirral Borough Council for the legal advice I have given to Mr Morton.”

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4:05pm Mon 25 Feb 13

PaulCa says...

The only reason Burgess is here, living the high life on a fat six figure salary is down to the actions of Martin Morton.
The only reason Burgess is here, living the high life on a fat six figure salary is down to the actions of Martin Morton. PaulCa
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4:35pm Mon 25 Feb 13

WirralAl says...

Yet again, Wirral Council exposed for despicable failings. Unless you are a senior officer of course!

They have still not dealt with the issues. No body has ever been charged or sacked. Simpy a whitewash of all the disastrous failings of Wirral Council while under labours control with Steve Folk Us all at the helm.

No justice!

Good Luck Martin!!!
Yet again, Wirral Council exposed for despicable failings. Unless you are a senior officer of course! They have still not dealt with the issues. No body has ever been charged or sacked. Simpy a whitewash of all the disastrous failings of Wirral Council while under labours control with Steve Folk Us all at the helm. No justice! Good Luck Martin!!! WirralAl
  • Score: 2

5:30pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

Could of predicted it,Lets get the ambulance chasers involved
Could of predicted it,Lets get the ambulance chasers involved Positive thinker
  • Score: -1

6:24pm Mon 25 Feb 13

reliant22 says...

Yet again, accountability, in the same way the BBC and all other organisations has not recognised that those responsible should be punished and not rewarded.
We have seen and heard it all; report after report, AKA etc redacted. All swept under the carpet and victims expected to pretend it never happened.
Wirral Council tax payers, 4 Wirral MP`s, owe a debt to Martin Morton and those like him, for having the courage to report atrocities which Wirral Councillors and those at the BBC knew of and chose to ignore.
How to help Martin Morton? Protest and.let us hear your voices and whatever action is applicable, so that we see justice done.
Frank Field, Alison Mc Govern, Angela Eagle, Esther McVey, have not taken any action against this injustice. The perpetrators are enjoying easy living on fat salaries they were awarded insted of being severely punished.
. I hope you feel very ashamed.
Thank you Wirral Globe
Yet again, accountability, in the same way the BBC and all other organisations has not recognised that those responsible should be punished and not rewarded. We have seen and heard it all; report after report, AKA etc redacted. All swept under the carpet and victims expected to pretend it never happened. Wirral Council tax payers, 4 Wirral MP`s, owe a debt to Martin Morton and those like him, for having the courage to report atrocities which Wirral Councillors and those at the BBC knew of and chose to ignore. How to help Martin Morton? Protest and.let us hear your voices and whatever action is applicable, so that we see justice done. Frank Field, Alison Mc Govern, Angela Eagle, Esther McVey, have not taken any action against this injustice. The perpetrators are enjoying easy living on fat salaries they were awarded insted of being severely punished. . I hope you feel very ashamed. Thank you Wirral Globe reliant22
  • Score: 1

6:25pm Mon 25 Feb 13

bigfoot says...

And yet The Head of Legal Services gets a nice fat pay off and his legal fees paid some to him plus vat!
Martin has fought Arrogant Narcissistic bullies if they saw a service user they would run a mile!
Martin IS a man of principle and integrity he deserves utmost respect.
Nil Illegitima Carborundum
And yet The Head of Legal Services gets a nice fat pay off and his legal fees paid some to him plus vat! Martin has fought Arrogant Narcissistic bullies if they saw a service user they would run a mile! Martin IS a man of principle and integrity he deserves utmost respect. Nil Illegitima Carborundum bigfoot
  • Score: 1

7:16pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Hugo1008 says...

Good Luck Martin, you fully deserve to be compensated and even rewarded for what you have put up with.

You also need to be re-instated, not just for your sake, but for the sake of those in our communities less able to fend for themselves.

Plus full recognition for the valuable service you have given to Society as a Whole.

You should still write and publish the book as a permanent reminder to all local authorities, in particular Departments of Adult Social Services.
Good Luck Martin, you fully deserve to be compensated and even rewarded for what you have put up with. You also need to be re-instated, not just for your sake, but for the sake of those in our communities less able to fend for themselves. Plus full recognition for the valuable service you have given to Society as a Whole. You should still write and publish the book as a permanent reminder to all local authorities, in particular Departments of Adult Social Services. Hugo1008
  • Score: 2

7:33pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Hugo1008 says...

Message to all 66 elected Councilors, drop all your party politic differences and unite in one sigle cause, that is to see the Martin Morton is treated with some respect and deceny, every last one of you know he fully deserves to be treated with upmost fairness.

Mr Graham Burgess, if you do any one thing during your tenure as the CEO of this past disgraced and disfunctional authority, make sure it is to sort out and settle this ongoing saga involving Mr Morton with the upmost Honesty, Fairness, plus Compassion and in a decent manner, once and for all.
Message to all 66 elected Councilors, drop all your party politic differences and unite in one sigle cause, that is to see the Martin Morton is treated with some respect and deceny, every last one of you know he fully deserves to be treated with upmost fairness. Mr Graham Burgess, if you do any one thing during your tenure as the CEO of this past disgraced and disfunctional authority, make sure it is to sort out and settle this ongoing saga involving Mr Morton with the upmost Honesty, Fairness, plus Compassion and in a decent manner, once and for all. Hugo1008
  • Score: 1

8:38pm Mon 25 Feb 13

ArdalMcFardle says...

Not a great message WBC are sending out ... Do the right thing and get bullied out of a job, have your career ruined ... But do the wrong thing get a huge pay off, and hey how about making you a freeman of Wirral and a Sheriff to boot. No? Well how about Social Care Lead at the National End of Life Care Programme?

Well done WBC. You make us all proud
Not a great message WBC are sending out ... Do the right thing and get bullied out of a job, have your career ruined ... But do the wrong thing get a huge pay off, and hey how about making you a freeman of Wirral and a Sheriff to boot. No? Well how about Social Care Lead at the National End of Life Care Programme? Well done WBC. You make us all proud ArdalMcFardle
  • Score: 1

10:24pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Jack Boot says...

Good post that, PaulCa, its good to see the names, not some I'm familiar with.

I wonder how long it will last before its taken down because there's an even more Fowler complaint, Noone will know till tomorrow
Good post that, PaulCa, its good to see the names, not some I'm familiar with. I wonder how long it will last before its taken down because there's an even more Fowler complaint, Noone will know till tomorrow Jack Boot
  • Score: 1

10:44pm Mon 25 Feb 13

PaulCa says...

Here's a helpful link Jackboot.

These two were both senior people at Martin Morton's workplace, and very close to the top tier of management - AND to certain councillors.

There's a case currently under appeal at the First Tier tribunal (FS50438500) which involves these two. To sum it up, after they departed, gagged and paid approx £110,000 each, in their desperate attempt to conceal the information, Wirral Council placed their "future employment prospects" ahead of the welfare of disabled people.

And the Information Commissioner for their part placed these two's "personal privacy" ahead of the welfare of disabled people.

The law is an ****, and I'm expecting it will put disabled people right to the bottom of the pile again, and the appeal will fail:

http://tinyurl.com/b
h4dpwl
Here's a helpful link Jackboot. These two were both senior people at Martin Morton's workplace, and very close to the top tier of management - AND to certain councillors. There's a case currently under appeal at the First Tier tribunal (FS50438500) which involves these two. To sum it up, after they departed, gagged and paid approx £110,000 each, in their desperate attempt to conceal the information, Wirral Council placed their "future employment prospects" ahead of the welfare of disabled people. And the Information Commissioner for their part placed these two's "personal privacy" ahead of the welfare of disabled people. The law is an ****, and I'm expecting it will put disabled people right to the bottom of the pile again, and the appeal will fail: http://tinyurl.com/b h4dpwl PaulCa
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6:29pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Growl Tiger says...

Please look at the Wirral Leaks site tonight.
Please look at the Wirral Leaks site tonight. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 1

11:23pm Tue 26 Feb 13

savemoretoncentre says...

Thank you Martin Morton for speaking out! If only other Council employees had the confidence to do the same!

We are a campaign group trying to stop Wirral Council closing down one of our Day Centres for special needs adults. (Moreton, Heswall or Eastham)

We can't let the council continually pick on people with a disability. We need to speak up and speak out!

You can find out more about our campaign here (please note you do not need a Facebook account to view the page).

www.facebook.com/sav
emoretoncentre

Thank you!
Thank you Martin Morton for speaking out! If only other Council employees had the confidence to do the same! We are a campaign group trying to stop Wirral Council closing down one of our Day Centres for special needs adults. (Moreton, Heswall or Eastham) We can't let the council continually pick on people with a disability. We need to speak up and speak out! You can find out more about our campaign here (please note you do not need a Facebook account to view the page). www.facebook.com/sav emoretoncentre Thank you! savemoretoncentre
  • Score: 1

3:29pm Wed 27 Feb 13

woodyres2 says...

Growl Tiger wrote:
Please look at the Wirral Leaks site tonight.
I just read it all, a lot more to come out I think ..... and about time too.
[quote][p][bold]Growl Tiger[/bold] wrote: Please look at the Wirral Leaks site tonight.[/p][/quote]I just read it all, a lot more to come out I think ..... and about time too. woodyres2
  • Score: 1

8:19pm Wed 27 Feb 13

bickyboy says...

Martin, there's a vacancy about to come up at the Vatican, even if your former employers won't take you on.

They even provide you with a free uniform, and the corruption ain't anywhere near the scale of what it is at WBC.
Martin, there's a vacancy about to come up at the Vatican, even if your former employers won't take you on. They even provide you with a free uniform, and the corruption ain't anywhere near the scale of what it is at WBC. bickyboy
  • Score: 1

8:30pm Wed 27 Feb 13

PaulCa says...

That's a post that Stevie boy Foulkes has in his sights, shurely?
That's a post that Stevie boy Foulkes has in his sights, shurely? PaulCa
  • Score: 1

8:59pm Wed 27 Feb 13

bickyboy says...

Yes, insofar as he has the complexion for it, although I doubt whether the modest Vatican buffets would satisfy such a gargantuan appetite for freebies.

Great letter from Professor Gregg in this week's paper about the unsuitability of Mr F for the post of Mayor. Why isn't it included for comment, Leigh?
Yes, insofar as he has the complexion for it, although I doubt whether the modest Vatican buffets would satisfy such a gargantuan appetite for freebies. Great letter from Professor Gregg in this week's paper about the unsuitability of Mr F for the post of Mayor. Why isn't it included for comment, Leigh? bickyboy
  • Score: 1

2:00pm Thu 28 Feb 13

woodyres2 says...

PaulCa wrote:
That's a post that Stevie boy Foulkes has in his sights, shurely?
Would he be able to fit it in with his Mayoral / Council responsibilities ??

I hear he is also going to be a Director for Wirral Partnership Homes.

Talk about "Jobs for the boys", why does this man who we all agree is unsuitable get the opportunity to have so many roles, which in my opinion could lead to huge conflict of intrerests.
[quote][p][bold]PaulCa[/bold] wrote: That's a post that Stevie boy Foulkes has in his sights, shurely?[/p][/quote]Would he be able to fit it in with his Mayoral / Council responsibilities ?? I hear he is also going to be a Director for Wirral Partnership Homes. Talk about "Jobs for the boys", why does this man who we all agree is unsuitable get the opportunity to have so many roles, which in my opinion could lead to huge conflict of intrerests. woodyres2
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3:38pm Thu 28 Feb 13

PaulCa says...

Because the dead hand of Foulkes remains firmly on the tiller.

Upset him, and all your little pecadilloes will come pouring forth in public.

Eh, what do you say Councillor X, reading this?

Hahahahahaha.

We're doomed
Because the dead hand of Foulkes remains firmly on the tiller. Upset him, and all your little pecadilloes will come pouring forth in public. Eh, what do you say Councillor X, reading this? Hahahahahaha. We're doomed PaulCa
  • Score: 2

4:02pm Thu 28 Feb 13

WirralAl says...

How about making Martin the Mayor for a year and ensure the likes of
Steve Foul kus and the many bullies and crooks or do I mean duly elected NEVER get into that position or creeps like Andrew Hodson

When will the meeting with Graham Burgess with MM???
How about making Martin the Mayor for a year and ensure the likes of Steve Foul kus and the many bullies and crooks or do I mean duly elected NEVER get into that position or creeps like Andrew Hodson When will the meeting with Graham Burgess with MM??? WirralAl
  • Score: 1

7:55pm Thu 28 Feb 13

ginger26 says...

Never vote labour Again ... The wirral is a sham they are hoping the dead head voters will just vote labour even if it was Fred west standing or crippin
Never vote labour Again ... The wirral is a sham they are hoping the dead head voters will just vote labour even if it was Fred west standing or crippin ginger26
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8:38pm Sun 3 Mar 13

FarooqB says...

Martin Morton was treated like a criminal, when he was raising genuine concerns about disabled abuse, confirmed by AKA inquiry. This Council has no shame, Its about time, this council should be taken into administration.

Just hang in there, Martin. We are all with you on this against this corrupt council.
Martin Morton was treated like a criminal, when he was raising genuine concerns about disabled abuse, confirmed by AKA inquiry. This Council has no shame, Its about time, this council should be taken into administration. Just hang in there, Martin. We are all with you on this against this corrupt council. FarooqB
  • Score: 1

7:34am Mon 4 Mar 13

Positive thinker says...

WBC need to pay him of before the situation gets blown out of proportion any further in order for him to move on
WBC need to pay him of before the situation gets blown out of proportion any further in order for him to move on Positive thinker
  • Score: 1

8:48am Mon 4 Mar 13

PaulCa says...

FarooqB wrote:
Martin Morton was treated like a criminal, when he was raising genuine concerns about disabled abuse, confirmed by AKA inquiry. This Council has no shame, Its about time, this council should be taken into administration.

Just hang in there, Martin. We are all with you on this against this corrupt council.
I understand MM is busy working on a book. Watch this space........

You ain't heard NOTHING yet......
[quote][p][bold]FarooqB[/bold] wrote: Martin Morton was treated like a criminal, when he was raising genuine concerns about disabled abuse, confirmed by AKA inquiry. This Council has no shame, Its about time, this council should be taken into administration. Just hang in there, Martin. We are all with you on this against this corrupt council.[/p][/quote]I understand MM is busy working on a book. Watch this space........ You ain't heard NOTHING yet...... PaulCa
  • Score: 2

11:03am Sun 24 Mar 13

Hugo1008 says...

Stick at it Martin, the whitewash is begining to wear this and flake off, you know you will win in the end.

Council knows you will win in the end, we the public will welcome the end result, because we will keep on until this is resolved.

Being selfish, I would like to see you re-employed in the local authority, mainly because we need you far more then you need WBC, and with you back in a position of importance, more of the vermin that still hide in the dark corners of Wirral Council will want to leave ASAP.

Plus you should stand for Council it would be nice to have at least one decent honest citizen with some backbone within the Local Government Governance body.

There seems to be very little amongst the bunch of parasites we have at present.
Stick at it Martin, the whitewash is begining to wear this and flake off, you know you will win in the end. Council knows you will win in the end, we the public will welcome the end result, because we will keep on until this is resolved. Being selfish, I would like to see you re-employed in the local authority, mainly because we need you far more then you need WBC, and with you back in a position of importance, more of the vermin that still hide in the dark corners of Wirral Council will want to leave ASAP. Plus you should stand for Council it would be nice to have at least one decent honest citizen with some backbone within the Local Government Governance body. There seems to be very little amongst the bunch of parasites we have at present. Hugo1008
  • Score: 1

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