Edinburgh Council appoints independents to investigate allegations

Wednesday April 13th, 2011

Edinburgh City Council has appointed Deloitte to investigate a range of ‘potentially serious allegations’ relating to the awarding of property conservation repair contracts and other services by the Council.

Council leaders stated that an internal audit report from October 2010 had identified a number of weaknesses in the service and a resulting action plan to address the issues was approved.

However, information now available to the Council raises further concerns and will require detailed investigation. A number of precautionary suspensions have been made while this takes place.

Sue Bruce, the Council’s Chief Executive said: “As well as the investigation, I have initiated a full review of this service area. We will continue to carry out emergency repairs while this is going on and ensure jobs currently on site are completed. I can give an assurance that our action in dealing with this will be determined and focussed. There will be a report to councillors on this matter at the Council meeting on 28 April.”

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