A WHISTLEBLOWER whose revelations led to a massive shake-up of Wirral council says he is still waiting for the authority to resolve his case.
Martin Morton’s allegations, which included “financial abuse” of disabled people in the council’s care, led to a series of reports highlighting problems with the way the authority was run.
His whistleblowing led to repayments to those “financially abused” by Wirral council totalling almost £700,000 – yet Mr Morton, 50, from Prenton, says he has been left unemployed, depressed and suicidal following his disclosures.
Now David Kirwan, managing partner at Kirwans law firm, is insisting that the council take steps to resolve the matter – or face the consequences.
He said: “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.”
But he said the “inexcusable delay and procrastination” since then “has left Mr Morton’s life in tatters”.
A Wirral council spokeswoman said the authority has funded so far paid legal fees “in excess of £14,000 relating to Mr Morton’s case” and that: “Discussions related to ongoing legal fees are continuing with Mr Morton’s legal representatives.
“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 is found as quickly as possible.”
Mr Kirwan added any legal payments made so far had been to Mr Morton's previous legal firm, Ralli, in Manchester.