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Whistleblowing Policy


  1. Preamble
    1. Officers are often the first to realise that there may be something seriously wrong within the Combined Authority. However, they may not express their concerns because they feel that speaking up would be disloyal to their colleagues or to the Combined Authority. They may also fear harassment or victimisation. In these circumstances, it may be easier to ignore the concern rather than report what may be just a suspicion of malpractice.
    2. The Combined Authority is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity and accountability. In line with that commitment we expect officers, and others that we deal with, who have serious concerns about any aspect of the Combined Authority’s work to come forward and voice those concerns. It is recognised that most cases will have to proceed on a confidential basis.
    3. This policy is intended to encourage and enable officers to raise serious concerns within the Combined Authority rather than overlooking a problem or ‘blowing the whistle’ outside. This policy document makes it clear that you can do so without fear of victimisation, subsequent discrimination or disadvantage
    4. The policy applies to all members, officers and officers of the Combined Authority and its committees, and contractors working for the Combined Authority. It also covers suppliers with the Combined Authority.