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Auditors Slam South Ribble Council

February 24, 2021 7:55 AM
By Paul Valentine

South Ribble Council OfficeAuditors issue damning report into 2020 management of South Ribble Borough Council...

Published report highlights litany of failures including:

  • £275,000 written-off after plans for a Health and Wellbeing campus were cancelled
  • A potential £2m pension liability
  • Rules and procedures at the authority had been "consistently breached"
  • The council did not have "proper arrangements to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in its use of resources"
  • Potential for so-called "management override of control" - the ability to circumvent rules put in place to preserve financial integrity
  • "Under performance" and delays within individual service areas, including food safety inspections, planning and tree maintenance

The external Auditor stated: "I have been doing this job for over 30 years now and it's quite rare that a council's control environment is operating inappropriately."

Local Lib Dem Paul Valentine said, "What this report reveals in stark detail is the frankly appalling mismanagement of South Ribble Council, under its former Tory leadership. South Ribble Council Logo

"Whilst Labour are now in control, subject to our support on key decisions, it is absolutely critical that the leadership implements the cross-party controls that are being put in place to prevent this happening again.

"As a former councillor in Wigan, I held a key role on a scrutiny committee and regularly called the council to account.."