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Published On: Sun, Jan 20th, 2013 at 10:16am

Group petitioning for a Whistleblower Hotline

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The group Kids not Suits have only 24 hours to gather enough signatures for their petition to the council to change the way mismanagement at the council is reported to be considered valid.

If you would like to sign this or any of the other petitions put to the council, then visit the council website under the petitions section which you will find here.

The second meeting of the Petitions Committee takes place on Tuesday 22 January 2013. The Petitions Committee allows residents to raise matters of public concern with the council.

The committee have one valid petition to discuss which has been submitted to request a rethink on the bus services to Dumbiedykes. Three others, including this one  to allow safer whistle blowing do not yet have enough signatures to be considered valid.

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  1. James Grant says:

    At last! A newspaper article about this worthy cause. The campaigners will have another stall at Register House on Monday from 12 noon to 2pm where supporters can sign up in person, on paper. The Council will accept these paper signatures. So fat there are about 300 signatures. Monday at 11am should show the true total, becose those signing on-line over the weekend will not have their signatures added to the tally before then. If you want to change the way this city works, visit and then sign at

  2. James Grant says:

    The City of Edinburgh Council Petitions Committee agreed today that the closing date of the petition “A safer mechanism for reporting Edinburgh Council mismanagement” could be extended to 8th April.
    The original closing date was today, but the Committee agreed a request for an extension, to allow the petitioner the chance to get more signatures.

    Once 500 Edinburgh residents who are on the electoral role have signed, the petition is considered “Valid” and can go before the Committee (The Convener has discretion to declare a petition with greater than 250 signatures to be valid.) As at 12.30pm yesterday the total stood at 247 (see Council website). So just 3 short!

    We expect that by the date of the next Petitions Committee on the 18th April that the threshold will have been breached. Since 247 have signed in the 15 days since it was launched, at the rate of 16 a day, or one for every waking hour, that total should not take too long to be met.

    When the Petition becomes valid, the Evening News say they may run the story. Then the other 330,000 voters in the city will become aware of the matter and be able to join in.

    The two recent street stalls and posting flyers in 100 bus shelters have paid off. The website supporting the petition has received 1,000 hits in the past two days.

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