Taypayers pay the fine

York Press: Taypayers pay the fine Taypayers pay the fine

YOUR report on the court case in which York College was fined £175,000 plus £45,000 cost should make clear that it is the taxpayers who have been fined, not those responsible for the tragic and avoidable death of three year old Lydia Bishop.

The college is 83 per cent taxpayer funded. So who is paying the fine?

Judge Mr Justice Coulson said quite clearly that staff warnings to put the slide behind a fence with a lockable gate were ignored. He said that nursery manager Liz Radford and health and safety manager David Jackson were the ones responsible for safety. The child was left alone for 20 minutes. The nursery worker, a junior member of staff, was in a separate case cleared of manslaughter. No action has been taken against other members of staff who had a clear responsibility.

Alison Birkinshaw, the college principal, has said that lessons will be learned.

The lesson we should all learn from this and other public sector cases is that those responsible go unpunished, and the innocent taxpayer is punished by having to pay the fine, and pay the costs..

David Rimington, Fairways Drive, Harrogate.

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11:50am Fri 21 Feb 14

The Great Buda says...

What happens when a private company is fined?

They put the costs up and the customer pays. A silly letter, on a very tragic case.
What happens when a private company is fined? They put the costs up and the customer pays. A silly letter, on a very tragic case. The Great Buda
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8:11pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Eenybob says...

I would like to know how come Liz Radford within weeks of the tragedy was allowed to walk straight into another play group management position and continues to do so. As the named suitable person with ofsted she should surely hold some responsibility in this tragic case. I find it a bit ironic considering she was a chosen contractor with York city council to provide safeguarding training to other nurseries, maybe that's where she was on the day of the tragedy telling another nursery on behalf of the council how to keep nursery children safe and maybe next time if indeed she is still providing said training she won't be so quick to look down her nose at other nurseries. I would also like to note just how silent the council early years dept have been throughout this tragic event
I would like to know how come Liz Radford within weeks of the tragedy was allowed to walk straight into another play group management position and continues to do so. As the named suitable person with ofsted she should surely hold some responsibility in this tragic case. I find it a bit ironic considering she was a chosen contractor with York city council to provide safeguarding training to other nurseries, maybe that's where she was on the day of the tragedy telling another nursery on behalf of the council how to keep nursery children safe and maybe next time if indeed she is still providing said training she won't be so quick to look down her nose at other nurseries. I would also like to note just how silent the council early years dept have been throughout this tragic event Eenybob
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8:11pm Sat 22 Feb 14

bolero says...

Such a pity that such a sad and tragic incident has had to be resurrected in this manner. Just let the matter rest, please.
Such a pity that such a sad and tragic incident has had to be resurrected in this manner. Just let the matter rest, please. bolero
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