It made clear that those in charge used information not intended for that use in the Equality Impact Assessment, taking responses from a Care At Home Survey. People were not aware of what their comments would be used for, were unaware of the proposed changes, and so were not really commenting on them! This was very much a case of information being used to support the case for tendering not a genuine attempt to consult.
What will these reports be used for - we will have to wait and see. We wouldn’t be surprised if there were still people within the council who thought that the worst anxieties the people went through were created by provider groups protecting their own interests rather than the result of a "Council led mess". While there is a genuine wish amongst some council officials to improve their performance in the future, we do not know how much is about real people and how much is about “restoring Edinburgh’s reputation”.