Sep 29, 2011

Mental Health Matters - who has been disciplined?

We understand the enquiry into the previous CEO at Mental Health Matters, Ian Grant has been completed but it has been a “whitewash” – two other members of staff have allegedly been disciplined by the Charity Commission but neither the Charity Commission nor Mental Health Matters have examined all the documentation in their possession or made any attempt to determine the true extent of the alleged fraud – we still do not know how either organisation accounted for the £44k Harley Davidson motor cycle the charity seemingly acquired, nor do we know why they have not examined Ian Grant’s expenses claims going back six years or indeed accounted for the fact he had a platinum supporters card for Newcastle United!  Moreover, we are aware there has been no investigation has occurred into his holidays or his seemingly, unnecessary international travel.

We have made a Freedom of Information Act 2000 application to the Charity Commission, who have refused to provide information because “disclosure of information could prejudice the Commission in the discharge of its function and would could discourage people from coming forward with information. Confidence in the Commission promotes confidence in the sector as a whole, which is in the public interest.  The Commission cannot operate as an effective regulator unless it receives information from the public.”  In short the Commission do not want us to find out what has been going on and certainly do not want us to reveal it has not properly investigated Mental Health Matters.  We believe this is an issue for the parliamentary ombudsman to investigate!
If you are employed at Mental Health Matters or can throw any light on the alleged allegation we would like you to contact us.


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