Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Anonymous letters

Your Wallington South ward councillors have recently been in receipt of a number of anonymous letters asking us to deal with a particular local issue.

Whilst we appreciate the reason for anonymity is from fear of reprisals for providing information, unfortunately we are unable to act on anonymous information. Anonymous letters do not provide us with the validity to take up the matter as casework.

We can provide assurance that we will not pass on the details of anyone who contacts us to report an issue without their permission, either to the council or to people who may be affected as a result of the information provided.

As elected members we have a duty to respect the confidentiality of residents we engage with on casework matters, and as part of our role we are often privy to sensitive and personal information.

We hope that this provides assurances to residents seeking our help and would hope that the letter-writer in question feels able to provide their address and contact details so that we can take up the issue on their behalf.

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October 28, 2016 - Posted by | Information | , ,

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