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Council to launch trial whistleblowing hotline

The City of Edinburgh Council has announced its intention to launch a new whistleblowing hotline on a trial basis.

The hotline will be available to Council staff to report any concerns in confidence about wrong-doing or malpractice within the Council.

“This revised policy sets out to help staff play their full role in identifying risk and malpractice,” explained Cllr Bill Cook, who leads on HR issues for the Finance committee. “It’s critical that staff have the right to raise concerns in the knowledge that they will be taken seriously, that these will be investigated appropriately, and confidentiality will be maintained.”

“The members of the Governance committee, which is chaired by an opposition councillor, will play a vital role in this, working with the hotline provider to ensure there is proper scrutiny of the issues brought to its attention,” he added.

It is estimated that the scheme will cost around £78,000 per annum and is expected to start in early 2014 on a one year trial basis.

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