At last night’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee, Cllr Tim Prater (Lib Dem), Cllr Lesley Whybrow (Green) and Cllr Laura Davison (Lab) did themselves proud by probing the issues around Gas Safety Certificates. The Head of Paid Service Dr Susan Priest (pictured) admitted that as of yesterday evening (18/06/19) the number of properties in Folkestone & Hythe District without the legally necessary gas safety certificates had fallen to 46. This is welcome news, but still 46 to many. However, those who have been contacted do they actually have a gas safety certificate? Or are have they been booked for a gas safety check appointment. The difference was NOT made clear by Dr Priest.
The video below is that part of the Overview & Scrutiny committee which dealt with East Kent Housing.
Dr Priest then informed the committee a company called HQM have been called in to investigate how this mess has come to pass. HQM she informed the committee will have “full and unfettered access” to everything. However, we doubt that to be 100% true. We would go as far as saying her statement was a half truth. We say this for the following reasons.
East Kent Housing use the Microsoft Exchange Server. This is a mail server for Outlook emails among other things. So emails sent via Outlook will go through the server and be traceable and auditable. East Kent Housing use a dot org.uk ending on their emails.
However, the Chief Executive of East Kent Housing Deborah Upton, Former Director of Property Services Mark Anderson, Head of Customer Service Matt Gough (all pictured below) and the Chief Exec’s PA, Sarah Bateman, have used and continue to googlesuite with a dot org ending only. Googlesuite is used by Canterbury City Council, and Thanet District Council. It was not EKH’s idea to use googlesuite as we understand. So emails sent via googlesuite would not be auditable, because emails deleted leave no audit trail – (unless google vault is switched on). So the company brought into investigate the shenanigans at East Kent Housing over the last eighteen months would not be able to recover deleted emails.