External auditors to look into conflict of interest claims relating to disgraced ex-councillor Graham Brown and the role of the Economic Development Officer

23 Sep

From the blog of Councillor Claire Wright:

 

EDDC’s external auditors are to look into concerns over conflicts of interest relating to former disgraced Cllr Graham Brown and the role of the economic development officer, it has emerged.

Page 20 of this Thursday’s audit and governance papers states:  “The Audit & Governance Committee were concerned relating to the perceived or actual conflict of roles of Ex-Councillor G Brown and accordingly amended the 2013/14 Audit Plan to include an audit by SWAP (south west audit partnership) to consider the Governance arrangement implications and to suggest any necessary improvements.

“A similar point was raised within the Assurance Statements and a perceived/actual conflict between Planning and Economic Development Roles.”

The report goes on to say: “This Audit is to take place in the first half of 2013/14 with findings to be presented back to the Audit & Governance Committee.”

The audit and governance meeting takes place on Thursday (26 September) at 2.30pm, at Knowle, Sidmouth. Here’s the agenda – http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/combined_a_g_agenda_260913.pdf

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