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The Public Record – Cllr John BLACKBURN – Double Dipper

The Free Dictionary defines the term ‘Double dipping’ in the following way:

Double dipping

n.

– The practice of receiving compensation, benefits, etc, from two or more sources in a way regarded as unethical, as from a government pension and a government job.

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  • County Councillor John BLACKBURN stands as a member of the Conservative Party
  • County Councillor John BLACKBURN is a Member of North Yorkshire County Council
  • County Councillor John BLACKBURN is a Member of Scarborough Borough Council
  • County Councillor John BLACKBURN received £500+ per annum from NYCC for IT/Broadband
  • County Councillor John BLACKBURN received a Broadband connection paid for by SBC
  • County Councillor John BLACKBURN received £54.96 per annum from SBC for IT Sundries
  • County Councillor John BLACKBURN has refused to pay back the excess money
  • County Councillor John BLACKBURN believes he is fully entitled to receive two lots of IT/Broadband allowances when he only pays out a fraction of that
  • County Councillor John BLACKBURN attended one or more NYCC Council meetings where the IT/Broadband Allowance was discussed, so cannot claim to be unaware of it
  • County Councillor John BLACKBURN last elected on 04/06/2009 and sits in Hertford & Cayton division
  • County Councillor John BLACKBURN standing in forthcoming elections in Hertford & Cayton division
  • County Councillor John BLACKBURN is presently the subject of a Standards Complaint in respect of allegations regarding Expenses violations

All of the double-dipping NYCC/SBC Councillors were exonerated by the Standards Committee, which is composed of fellow Councillors, the only dissenting voice being that of SBC Councillor Colin CHALLEN, who stated (on the Scarborough and Whitby Labour Party website):

“Another issue which emerged out of this hearing was that a County Council official appears to have provided at least four of the eight members with a paragraph long statement which those members then used in response to the County Council’s own investigating officer’s inquiries. This would be like a detective providing you with the answer to his own questions, and clearly this has muddied the essential independence of the officer – councillor relationship. It is a matter which warrants further investigation.”

Councillor Colin CHALLEN also stated:

“The simple solution would have been for the Committee to suggest to the members involved that if they thought that the identifiable sums paid (I won’t go into the arcane details of how the sum is calculated and paid) were excessive, then the difference could be repaid.”

Former West Yorkshire Police Detective Inspector Cedric CHRISTIE of the WYP Major Fraud Division has expressed the following opinion:

“Claiming twice for something like broadband is just the same as claiming mileage from two different authorities for the same journey. If I was investigating these circumstances I would consider a case of fraud by false representation under Section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006.”

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The comments section of this article is intended to be a public record of the work, good or bad, that this Councillor has done on behalf of the public. Please post only factual comments relating to Cllr John Blackburn’s past conduct so the public can judge if he is worth re-electing.

County Councillor John BLACKBURN article:

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Other Double-Dipping Articles:

Local Councilors Broadband Expense Claims By Tim Thorne

‘Double Dipping’ – An Update by Tim Thorne

Yorkshire Councils Pipped For National Award

NYCC IT/Broadband Allowances abuse

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8 Comments

  1. Yorkie Gull April 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Oh! Yes! John Blackburn. We remember each other Well from Mc Cain International. Scarborough. He replaced Roy Foden as Personnel Officer. His position was something of a cover-up. His job title may have been. Personnel officer but in fact he was brought in as a Union Buster This slime ball always had political ambitions. There has only ever been one person in John Blackburn’s Life. John Blackburn The social climbing / double dipping Hypocrite.

  2. Clerk April 25, 2013 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Just noticed an error in your report which you may wish to correct – John Blackburn represents the Hertford and Cayton division of North Yorkshire County Council and is standing in that ward in the forthcoming election. He is not connected with Newby ward.

    • Nigel Ward April 25, 2013 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Thank you for that, Clerk. Much appreciated. The text has been corrected. It would be helpful (in future) to provide a link.

  3. Jane Swales April 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    It’s interesting to see that Newby wants nothing to do with him. Miaow! I wonder if the Clerk posted that of her own volition – or was it Bill Miller (who famously has her wrapped around his finger) sticking the knife in?

  4. Gary Ludlow April 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    He sounds like another self serving MeeToo smime bag.
    John (Blackburn) stand down mate.

  5. DKP April 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    According to the NYCC website this guy only attended twenty Council meetings but he claimed £2,787 travelling expenses. And guess who he took along with him who claimed the mileage too.

    • Tim Thorne April 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm - Reply

      If you have specific information, e-mail it and it’ll get followed up.

  6. Real Whitby Webmaster April 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Is every councilor in this area up to no good ? Is there any good ones out there ?

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