What can happen when a council project goes wrong

24 Sep

Again, from our Site of the Week, Local Government Lawyer here is a cautionary tale about what can go wrong when a council is inadequately prepared to take on a big project.


Auditors found that:

  • “Corby’s arrangements for managing the projects were ambiguous and ill defined leading to uncertainty as to who should have made key decisions;
  • There was insufficient member oversight at critical periods of the schemes;
  • Where established governance arrangements and internal controls did exist they often did not operate as they should have done;
  • Financial and project management of the schemes was poor;
  • On the face of it the land at St James was sold for considerably less than best consideration without getting the requisite statutory approval to do so;
  • This was compounded because the checks and balances, including the statutory responsibilities of key officers, which should have alerted the council to the failings, did not operate.”


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