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Recent activity on twitter re certain LA solicitor

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It ain't him tbh, but a particular gleeful respondent to one of his tweets. Made my stomach churn.

lottieandmia Thu 24-Oct-13 18:15:55

So, the question is, is there anything we can do about it?

inappropriatelyemployed Thu 24-Oct-13 18:45:42

Has anyone posted a response to it?

inappropriatelyemployed Thu 24-Oct-13 18:47:08

I think that is the only way it can be brought to anyone's attention. Perhaps by some of us tweeting it at CDC and/or IPSEA asking Person A to 'explain' why they think this is a good thing?

inappropriatelyemployed Thu 24-Oct-13 18:51:51

I can see several people of that name on google and would not be able to identify that person.

chocnomore Thu 24-Oct-13 20:22:40

IE, she has a profile pic on twitter and is on FB with an open profile stating her location. looks like the same person.

inappropriatelyemployed Thu 24-Oct-13 20:29:36

I don't doubt you but just saying it is not immediately apparent. You super sleuths!

Tweet back and ask her to explain herself. I fear I am too identifiable on twitter so have been keeping a low profile.

TOWIELA Thu 24-Oct-13 20:37:34

One of her followers,with the same surname and looks to be the same person as in her picture, works for David Cameron

Blimey TOWIELA, that certainly is fantastic sleuthing.

I wonder if DC likes his dishes S&Q?

I can't right now. Got AR coming up for transition stage. Truth is everyone is going round in circles about the legislation changes to pay much attention atm but don't wanna be upsetting anyone all the same.

TOWIELA Thu 24-Oct-13 20:59:13

Star - it actually isn't fantastic sleuthing - it's blatantly obvious when someone has that tiny number of followers. That's the trouble with twitter - it really is very very open and very much a public forum - it doesn't take much to join the dots.

wetaugust Thu 24-Oct-13 21:07:01

confused

I have not got a Scooby about what you lot are on about.

confused

Can someone please enlighten me?

mrslaughan Thu 24-Oct-13 21:15:27

YOu should copy the tweet, and report it too his/her employer (not direct manager, but as far up as you can go)...they are sure to have an electronic communications policy,. and I can't see how that sort of comment could be seen to fall within a professional one.

lottieandmia Thu 24-Oct-13 21:17:01

wetaugust - there is a well known legal firm that represents LEAs and tries to stop parents winning appeals. Someone from this firm has tweeted, basically that provision won't be quantified in the future and will take a 'backward step' and someone from a LA has tweeted back in a gloating fashion that she can't wait for changes in the law.

And the person appearing with her in her profile picture, has published a whole bunch of pics of himself at No.10.

It's all very.....surreal tbh.

lottieandmia Thu 24-Oct-13 21:29:49

Yep, very odd hmm

annabelcaramel Thu 24-Oct-13 21:32:55

Please please please report this person to the Monitoring Officer at their authority. By the sounds of it they will almost certainly have breached the employee code of conduct.

wetaugust Thu 24-Oct-13 21:36:53

So we have a bit of conspiracy coupled with poor taste in a sort of 'good day to bury bad news' scenario?

Who spotted this Twitter exchange?

What can be done about it?

Anniemousse Thu 24-Oct-13 21:50:53

Someone with same name as person A is also chair of govenors at a school in the same county

Bluebirdonmyshoulder Thu 24-Oct-13 22:04:31

Please please please please please report Person A to the Equalities and Diversity team of the LA they work for. Make a specific complaint that this exchange would appear to be in breach of the Equalities Act, the LA's E&D policy, blah blah. PM me if you want my help, used to work for an LA and happy to play these bastards at their own fucking game.

If they were tweeting with glee that a piece of legislation was going to make it harder for Muslim children to receive the education they deserve then they'd be fired. Why are our children different?

And absolutely no offence to Muslims, that was not a Daily Mail style 'bigotry disguised as anti-PC' comment, just a comment on appalling double standards when it comes to children with disabilities / SEN as opposed to other minorities. Have travelled in Muslim countries, not an EDL member, some of my best friends etc etc!

inappropriatelyemployed Thu 24-Oct-13 22:15:35

Well we should tweet at it rather than hang round here moaning about it.

ouryve Thu 24-Oct-13 22:21:06

Bluebird - you're echoing a lot of what that mencap guest blog said, the other day.

I need someone to PM me info, since I live in a whole different world, up here (though only a few miles from an LA that might employ a SEN unsympathetic law firm) and i don't even know where to start with the sleuthing.

inappropriatelyemployed Thu 24-Oct-13 22:29:18

On the basis of the tweet itself, no one is going to get in to trouble - someone could easily say they were just being sarcastic as it is an awful piece of legislation etc etc.

It certainly does not breach the Equality Act on its own terms.

If you don't like it, challenge it.

wetaugust Thu 24-Oct-13 22:59:11

How about an FOI asking that LA how much they have spent on legal representation at Tribunals?

The local newspapaer may be interested to know grin

nennypops Thu 24-Oct-13 23:38:03

Talking of which, this decision is quite an enjoyable read - www.osscsc.gov.uk/Aspx/view.aspx?id=3954

I liked this bit:

"The grounds of appeal also argued that the First-tier Tribunal ‘failed to identify the special educational provision that was required to meet those needs in accordance with s 312(4) Education Act 1996.’ That misstates the position. The tribunal did not have to identify the special educational provision that E required to meet her needs. That would be the purpose of the assessment."

Well, durr. Surely any fule can work that one out, but apparently not BS though. Makes you wonder whether they weren't just appealing for the sake of it.

They appealed to an Upper Tribunal the order to carry out an assessment? shock

Though actually there is no shock. This firm aim for maximum stress and cost to parents as their main tool and selling point to LAs.

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