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DENBIGHSHIRE STAFF WARNED NOT TO DISCUSS SECRETS

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Denbighshire CC has set up a special group to investigate ways of stopping its staff from discussing council busine...
Denbighshire CC has set up a special group to investigate ways of stopping its staff from discussing council business and releasing sensitive information, according to The Daily Post (25 Feb, p5).

A spokeswoman said that initiative was not an attempt to catch 'moles' - it was simply raising awareness about respecting confidentiality.

In October, the council's management team looked at complaints relating to the disclosure of information to the public. Although the issue was dealt with within the particular department, it was felt information 'may have been inadvertently disclosed'.

'Because of this it was agreed that an inter-departmental group be set up to look at ways of highlighting to staff the importance of not releasing sensitive information.'

Mike Denman, the council's community safety officer - who co-ordinates the group, said: 'The message which the group wants to highlight is that you must make every effort to ensure that you do not disclose any information you have which may be sensitive to the public or other people who should not receive it.

'It is appreciated that such information can be discolsed inadvertently and this demonstrates the need for vigilance.'

But The Post's leader column states: 'What the public wants and expects from its elected representatives is transparency and honesty.'

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