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£200,000 payout worker calls on Blaenau Gwent council chiefs to go

6:00pm Thursday 26th April 2012 in Gwent news Photograph of the Author By Alison Sanders
Andrew Bull and guide dog Bertie Andrew Bull and guide dog Bertie

A FORMER soldier, who was blinded by an IRA bomb, was awarded more than £200,000 after an employment tribunal ruled he was unfairly sacked and discriminated against by Blaenau Gwent council.

The tribunal at Caradog House in Cardiff today ordered that the council pay Andrew Bull £200,603.86.

Mr Bull, 48, from Ebbw Vale, told the Argus he was glad he now has closure but called for the senior managers responsible in the case to go.

Mr Bull, a former private for the Royal Regiment of Wales, lost his sight completely in 1983 when an IRA bomb exploded in Belfast.

He took up work with the council in 1985 as a switchboard operator and was moved to a call centre in Abertillery in 2006 until he was made redundant with immediate effect in September 2010.

The tribunal held last month found in favour of Mr Bull's claims of: unfair dismissal, disability discrimination based upon a failure to make reasonable adjustments, disability discrimination based upon direct disability discrimination, disability related discrimination and disability discrimination based on harassment and victimisation.

Employment judge Wayne Beard said Mr Bull would be awarded £15,000 for injured feelings and £4,000 for injuries to health which relate to events while Mr Bull was in employment with the council.

He said Mr Bull would also receive £59,682.96 for loss of earnings as he said it was considered unlikely that Mr Bull would find employment before spring 2015.

Mr Beard said the father-of-four would also be awarded £59,065.93 for the loss of pension and £1,504.23 in interest.

He said £61,351 of the total sum would amount to tax leaving Mr Bull with £139,252.86.
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Mr Bull said: "I think Blaenau Gwent council could have resolved this at the very beginning. The senior managers failed me as a vulnerable member of staff and failed to protect me.

"I think they should go," he said.

Mr Bull added: "I believe senior management have brought the council into disrepute. It's the council tax payers that have pick this bill up."

He said he hopes future staff will be protected and said he will write to the First Minister Carwyn Jones and other political leaders to ask them to investigate what happened.

Blaenau Gwent council's chief executive David Waggett told the Argus that he has personally apologised to Mr Bull following the tribunal's findings.

He said it was "disappointing and a matter of great regret" that Mr Bull had been let down by the council.

Mr Waggett said lessons have been learnt and that he assured Mr Bull that he is determined that the council's new strategic equalities plan will help prevent this type of incident happening again.

When the Argus asked the council how it would fund the compensation, it said this would be a matter for the new council who will want to consider it as soon as is practicable.

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£200,000 payout worker calls on Blaenau Gwent council chiefs to go

6:00pm Thursday 26th April 2012 in Gwent news Photograph of the Author By Alison Sanders
Andrew Bull and guide dog Bertie Andrew Bull and guide dog Bertie

A FORMER soldier, who was blinded by an IRA bomb, was awarded more than £200,000 after an employment tribunal ruled he was unfairly sacked and discriminated against by Blaenau Gwent council.

The tribunal at Caradog House in Cardiff today ordered that the council pay Andrew Bull £200,603.86.

Mr Bull, 48, from Ebbw Vale, told the Argus he was glad he now has closure but called for the senior managers responsible in the case to go.

Mr Bull, a former private for the Royal Regiment of Wales, lost his sight completely in 1983 when an IRA bomb exploded in Belfast.

He took up work with the council in 1985 as a switchboard operator and was moved to a call centre in Abertillery in 2006 until he was made redundant with immediate effect in September 2010.

The tribunal held last month found in favour of Mr Bull's claims of: unfair dismissal, disability discrimination based upon a failure to make reasonable adjustments, disability discrimination based upon direct disability discrimination, disability related discrimination and disability discrimination based on harassment and victimisation.

Employment judge Wayne Beard said Mr Bull would be awarded £15,000 for injured feelings and £4,000 for injuries to health which relate to events while Mr Bull was in employment with the council.

He said Mr Bull would also receive £59,682.96 for loss of earnings as he said it was considered unlikely that Mr Bull would find employment before spring 2015.

Mr Beard said the father-of-four would also be awarded £59,065.93 for the loss of pension and £1,504.23 in interest.

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Mr Bull said: "I think Blaenau Gwent council could have resolved this at the very beginning. The senior managers failed me as a vulnerable member of staff and failed to protect me.

"I think they should go," he said.

Mr Bull added: "I believe senior management have brought the council into disrepute. It's the council tax payers that have pick this bill up."

He said he hopes future staff will be protected and said he will write to the First Minister Carwyn Jones and other political leaders to ask them to investigate what happened.

Blaenau Gwent council's chief executive David Waggett told the Argus that he has personally apologised to Mr Bull following the tribunal's findings.

He said it was "disappointing and a matter of great regret" that Mr Bull had been let down by the council.

Mr Waggett said lessons have been learnt and that he assured Mr Bull that he is determined that the council's new strategic equalities plan will help prevent this type of incident happening again.

When the Argus asked the council how it would fund the compensation, it said this would be a matter for the new council who will want to consider it as soon as is practicable.

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martyn142

Unbelievable.
Eddie legge

How could he

Martyn 142 Sorry about the copy and paste
I do not know why the whole page came out
If we dont die young We some of us has to suffer
the perils of old age
And by the way Martyn Exel Parking will waver £60
parking fine but they want  £10  expenses for having
to ask DVLA for my address
I have been told advised not to pay  
Why did Exel Parking meter issue a non valid parking Ticket

Eddie Legge
martyn142

I wouldn't pay them a penny Eddie. They sound as if they are trying it on. If it were me I'd ignore it.

Just my personal opinion obviously not advice as such. If you are worried about ignoring it then as I suggested before, a visit or phone call to CAB would clear it up I'm sure.
Rocke

martyn142 wrote:
I wouldn't pay them a penny Eddie. They sound as if they are trying it on. If it were me I'd ignore it.

Just my personal opinion obviously not advice as such. If you are worried about ignoring it then as I suggested before, a visit or phone call to CAB would clear it up I'm sure.


Erm...no.
I'm currently advising a constituent who has - in my opinion - had very poor advice from a member of CAB.

They've been advised to save up and er... bankrupt themselves.
Phillip T. Small

..... and what would CAB know that 'super' Rocke wouldn't... Not sure who's the biggest t....... on this forum Legge or Rocke LOL
Rocke

It's the other way round, self-appointed agitator.

It's what I know that the CAB clearly doesn't.
Phillip T. Small

oooohhh Rocky babe are you referring to me... Someone has to try and burst your bubble, after all poor Edwardo has no adoring Forum groupies, whereas you and your attached golden halo does...

Anyone who ventures out tomorrow to vote needs their bumps felt... I'll await the outcome and see how the mighty have fallen

Razz
Rocke

Phillip T. Small wrote:
oooohhh Rocky babe are you referring to me... Someone has to try and burst your bubble, after all poor Edwardo has no adoring Forum groupies, whereas you and your attached golden halo does...

Anyone who ventures out tomorrow to vote needs their bumps felt... I'll await the outcome and see how the mighty have fallen

Razz


Interesting comment that.

I think it's termed misanthropy.
Have you posted anything in support of anyone or anything Phil ?
It just seems to be attacking anybody at any opportunity.

The only reason I could be anywhere near downside about people venturing out to vote is that they needn't, they could have a postal or proxy vote.
Other than that you've set yourself up for the obvious retort - if you don't try to have a say you can't complain at what you get.

These results will be interesting because it will show how the PR war has gone:

* A low turnout won't be due to the weather, it will be becasue people aren't enthused enough to vote come what may.
That would most likely mean that people are fed up with all the bolitics. A lesson to be learned there, somewhere.

* The Wards where changes occur will be the best indicator of failure. If new blood comes in at the expense of sitting councillors then the electorate are clearly wanting change. However the type of change needs to be measured.
If it's new at the expense of longstanding then the new Council needs to not only continue but accelerate the progress made in the past 4 years.
If it's new at the expense of one-term councillors then the dream is over. My experience is that less than 50% of virgin councillors evolve to be their own person, most eventually coming into some form of political line, 'getting into the groove', which eventually will become a rut.
If the general political profile is about the same tomorrow (ie. no outright control) then there's hope. The public haven't been taken in by propaganda. The councillors who fall will provide the evidence of what people want to see eg. if it's councillors who have done little for their communities then the message is clear - do things for your communities.

Which Ward are you standing in btw ?
Or do you simply want changes for gloating's sake ?

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