Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Allerdale council silent on corruption probe

UPDATED 28th August 2012: Allerdale council is reviewing its procedures after an investigation into alleged corruption. Update below initial post.

Council bosses have received a report into alleged corruption within Allerdale council but have refused to reveal its contents “at this stage”.

An independent investigation was launched last month following a complaint by a local businessman.

The results of the investigation are understood to be with Harry Dyke, the council’s chief executive.

An Allerdale council spokeswoman said: “We have received the report and are considering its contents with a view to determining what, if any, action to take. “We cannot divulge its content at this stage.”

The council has offered no explanation of why this information has not been made available despite several requests from the News & Star.

In March, Councillor Mark Fryer, portfolio holder for economic growth, called for a full and independent investigation into claims which, “if substantiated”, would be “very serious indeed.”

They included “totally inappropriate behaviour towards a local employer by one or more council officers which may amount to abuse of office for personal gain”.

My comment: Looks like a typical council cover up at the moment. Probably looking at damage limitation before the truth gets out.

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UPDATED 28th August 2012: Allerdale council is reviewing its procedures after an investigation into alleged corruption.

Chief executive Harry Dyke has confirmed that the report of an investigation, carried out after a complaint by a local businessman, had recommended a review of procedures and protocols.

The council would not reveal details of the report because it contained personal information.

“The information relates to identifiable individuals who we believe would not expect this information to be made publicly available.”

In March, Councillor Mark Fryer, portfolio holder for economic growth, called for a full and independent investigation into claims which, if substantiated, he said would be “very serious indeed”.

They included inappropriate behaviour towards a local employer by one or more council officers, he said. The claims, which centred on the business and conduct of the council across several departments, were investigated by the county council’s legal department at Allerdale council’s request.

My comment: Look like the investigation has revealed names which the council don't wish to publish. Still trying to minimise the fallout? No doubt if the Police get involved names will be released.

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