No criminality in allocation of grants, say police
£525,000 been run.
“We don’t know what happened to [some of ] the money,” County Cllr Alan Vincent said.
“We didn’t assess it, we didn’t monitor it and in some cases we can’t ever monitor it, because we didn’t get [the recipients] to agree to that monitoring in the first place.”
And he added: “Don’t give me this nonsense that it’s some kind of Tory witch-hunt – it’s us exposing a terrible scheme.”
The meeting heard that nobody was suggesting that the charities and community groups that received the grants had done anything wrong.
Grant confirmation letters, outlining a requirement to report how the money was spent, were often sent after payment had been made.
That meant it was difficult for the authority to demand progress reports and 44% of recipients have failed to comply with reminders to do submit them.
County Cllr Ali said that he had “no regrets about allocating any of the money to the groups which I did”.
“Sometimes, when you commission a report, you get the outcomes that you want, but in this case, [the Conservatives] haven’t got the outcomes they’ve been seeking for over 12 months,” he added.
The deputy chair of the council’s audit, risk and governance committee, Edward Nash, said it was “the least political” scrutiny group at County Hall. scheme had
Council leader County Cllr Geoff Driver had called for the initial auditors’ inquiry