In the report Mr Coutts said the approach he had taken was to discover if there was prima facie evidence of the council staff which the council should deal with under their existing procedures. He also considered the term 'bullying'' to be misleading because it focuses on motive and not on conduct.
Mr Coutts did find evidence of unacceptable behaviour by some employees. On the working atmosphere of the council Mr Coutts said: 'The inquiry did reveal a substantial lack of confidence in and trust of their collegues. Everyone appeared to be of the view that they required to 'watch their backs'