Bryce Wilby: Anger over Isles of Scilly report reading restrictions

Bryce Wilby Bryce Wilby was suspended in May and an audit investigation was launched

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Only a few councillors are allowed to read a report into the suspension of a headmaster, the Isles of Scilly council's chairman said.

Bryce Wilby left his job at Five Islands School after allegations of financial irregularities, which he denied. Cornwall Council made a report.

Councillor Gordon Bilsborough said he felt insulted he had not been allowed to read it.

Chairman Mike Hicks said he was following legal advice.

He said all councillors would be able to see the full report eventually.

'Select few'

Mr Wilby was suspended in May after allegations were made by whistle-blowers.

A report into his suspension and the alleged irregularities, by auditors from neighbouring Cornwall Council, has not yet been made public.

Mr Bilsborough told a meeting of the full council he was angry that a select few councillors had been sworn to secrecy and then allowed to examine the report.

He said all 21 councillors should be trusted to be able to read it without disclosing its contents.

Mr Hicks said council officers had been given legal advice insisting only a small number of people - including some councillors and the chairman of the school governors - should currently have access to the report.

He added: "What they [concerned councillors] have to accept is that some members are privy to more information than others.

"But I will make that information available in the fullness of time."

Mr Wilby has said he has done nothing wrong, and that he can prove the allegations are unfounded.

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