Coun­cil boss in £210,000 con­tract probe

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A se­nior em­ployee at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has been sus­pended amid a probe into taxi con­tracts worth more than £200,000 awarded to his rel­a­tive.

Peter Henry is off work while in­ter­nal au­di­tors ex­am­ine pay­ments to­talling nearly £210,000 to his nephew for tak­ing chil­dren with as­sisted sup­port needs to school.

The coun­cil ser­vices around 314,000 cit­i­zens and in­cludes Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang, Hamil­ton, and East Kil­bride.

It has now emerged that Henry, who is listed as a Pas­sen­ger Ser­vices Co-or­di­na­tor, was sus­pended re­cently af­ter an anony­mous al­le­ga­tion over taxi con­tracts.

His di­vi­sion in the coun­cil ar­ranges trans­port for peo­ple re­ferred by the ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial work de­part­ments.

Since 2013, over £200,000 has been awarded to a sup­plier called Stephen McGhee, who is al­legedly Henry’s nephew.

The con­tracts were made via a frame­work agree­ment and the first deal, worth £32,300, was dated Au­gust 2013.

Other con­tracts of the value of £51,244, £19,000, £24,320, £18,300, £31,720, £18,056 and £15,288 are also listed on the web­site.

It is un­der­stood Henry is a long-stand­ing coun­cil em­ployee and was sus­pended ear­lier this month.

A coun­cil spokesman said:“This mat­ter is cur­rently un­der in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion and it would not be ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment fur­ther on it.”

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