What is it?

Whistleblowing is a procedure which enables employees, councillors and members of the public to express any concerns they have about illegal or illegitimate practices involving the council.

This includes information about fraudulent Covid-19 grant and loan applications. Suspected furlough scheme fraud should be reported to the HMRC.

You can raise your concerns without fear of victimisation, discrimination or disadvantage.

Please note: Complaints about a council service are handled separately - find out how to make a complaint about a council service.

Make a whistleblowing referral

If you would like to tell us about what you believe is an illegal or illegitimate practice involving the council, please use the online form or phone number below.

Read our privacy notice which tells you how we use your data.

Make a whistleblowing referral online

Or call 0151 233 8613 and leave a message on voicemail with as much information as possible about your concern. If you would like us to contact you or you want updates on your referral, please leave your name, contact details and email address.

Any documents must be submitted using the online referral form above.

How will my whistleblowing referral be dealt with?

All whistleblowing referrals are confidential and will be treated sensitively. We will channel them to the most appropriate officer and will keep you informed of who is dealing with the referral and how.

You will not be given any copies of investigative reports or audits, but we may advise you informally of the conclusions of the investigation.

Not all whistleblowing referrals will warrant a full investigation as it may be that the matter can be resolved informally because the information has been misinterpreted.

Further information