A Cornish council worker who became a minor celebrity for commuting to London from an Epping Forest campsite claims he was forced out of his old job for speaking out about his choice of accommodation.Because I certainly do…
Philip Hanman, 58, hit the headlines in the midst of the MPs' second homes scandal last year when he revealed he travelled 330miles every week from his home in Penzance to sleep in a £7 a night tent at Debden House campsite in Loughton.Which won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has had to deal with council officials.
He would then commute to his job at Barking and Dagenham Council, but Mr Hanman has now revealed his employer was not happy with him telling his story of cut-price accommodation.
He said: “It all started with a broadcast I heard on Radio 4's PM programme. It was about the expenses scandal and second homes. I sent them an email saying 'My second home is a tent', and they sent someone out to the forest to interview me and then broadcast it.No, I can’t quite figure out what for, either!
“That very evening when I got home to Cornwall there was an email on my computer from the council saying: 'Be very careful, you are looking at disciplinary action.'
“I'd never had any criticism for my work and then all of a sudden everything I did was unsatisfactory. I was criticised for everything and couldn't do anything right.”An interesting story, and he deserves to go far.
Mr Hanman eventually became so fed up with his job as a (redacted) at the council, he took voluntary redundancy in April this year.
I thought about him when I saw this report:
A fraud probe has been launched into Town Hall workers after a council cheque was cloned three times, altered to a six figure sum and sent to India.Mr Hannan’s former job with Barking & Dagenham? They one they dispensed with? The one I redacted?
Serious Organised Crime Agency investigators got involved after forged cheques for more than £10,000 were received by families thousands of miles away.
Yup, you guessed it:
…his job as a fraud manager at the council…Well, I guess they couldn’t predict they’d ever need those, could they?