Saturday, 4 June 2011

Years of dodgy dealings with council homes in Nottingham Council

An internal audit in 2004 found council homes were not allocated fairly and offers for homes were made inappropriately. An action plan was produced to address the problems.

Yet in 2006 and in 2009, the Audit Commission published devastating reports into the mismanagement of the council's housing service.

My comment: This case highlights two things, internal audits are a waste of time because, as this case proves, they can be buried by the council. It also proves that the Audit Commission is a waste of time because they can be ignored by the council. Anyone been sacked, anyone found guilty of wrondoing? I doubt it. 

Read the full story from the source This is Nottinghamshire

UPDATE 6th June 2011: Eight years on, still no police housing probe.

AUDIT Commission investigators who examined the misallocation of council homes feared there may have been "nepotism and corruption" within the city's housing service, the Post can reveal.

The level of concern among those investigating the allocation of council houses between 2003 and 2005 emerged in an internal audit report written during the early stages of the inquiry.

That report did not find evidence of nepotism or corrupt practices and the Audit Commission did not conclude the wrongful allocation of properties in Nottingham was criminal in its reports in 2006 and 2009.

However, the commission did say "weaknesses presented the opportunity for distortions to occur in the application of council policies and, at the extreme, the opportunity for officers to obtain personal advantage from manipulation of the systems".

As revealed in the Post, Notts Police never launched an investigation into the homes scandal but agreed with Nottingham City Council that the authority should look into it and bring disciplinary action.

When the disciplinary process was concluded, one written warning had been issued and no one else was censured.

Liberal Democrat city councillor Tony Sutton called on the Independent Police Complaints Commission to review how the police dealt with the matter, in the hope for forcing a new investigation.

My comment: Could the fact that the Police agreed with Nottingham City Council that the authority should look into it and bring disciplinary action have anything to do with this or this?

Read the full story from the source This is Nottingham

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