Council boss in £210,000 contract probe
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.”