I wrote about the losses of the Employability Team before but since the issue has now been reported on by the Performance Review and Scrutiny (PRS) Committee and the full council meeting in June, I feel the time is right to add my own views.
I wrote a report some time ago on the team’s finances and this can be read here. Summary report on Employability Team It’s best to read this as it’s relatively brief but it demonstrates very weak financial management and absolutely no reporting of the financial problems to elected members. By the time the team is wound up it will have burned its way through £1.2m of your money.
The PRS committee’s report which was agreed at the June council meeting can be found here. EMPLOYABIILITY SERVICE CONTRACT FINAL
This is a pretty damning report, and quite right too. At the council meeting in June I said that had I been responsible for something like this when I was principal of Argyll College, ie take on risky contracts, fail to manage the financial risks and, worst of all, not report the losses to my board, I would have been fired. I would have thoroughly deserved that too.
But, in the lala land of local government, I doubt any such thing will happen. There badly needs to be proper accountability in local government and that means individuals being held accountable. Don’t hold your breath.