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Cultural review reveals that bullying and harassment DOES happen at Cheshire East Council.

The cultural review heard from several people who spoke about problems that stemmed back to the council’s creation in 2009.

The report revealed that over 200 people in the organisation had experienced bullying within the last six months, and it says that over 360 members of staff had personally witnessed bullying over the same period.

But the document also reveals that the majority of staff have neither experienced nor have been a witness to actions that could be seen as acts of bullying or harassment.

The Local Government Association undertook the independent review at the invitation of the leader of Cheshire East Council, Councillor Rachel Bailey, and acting chief executive, Kath O’Dwyer.

Sam Corcoran, the local Labour leader, thinks the news will spark even more reports of this nature. Mr Corcoran told Silk FM:

There will be a short-term increase in the reporting of bullying, and that should be welcomed. That will be a sign that the culture is changing.

A Cheshire East Council spokesperson said they are determined to take all necessary action to address the concerns of staff.

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