Sunday, October 28, 2007


The Stirrer broke the news of a very awkward audit report into the Enterprising Communities project across Nechells, Small Heath, Sparkbrook, Washwood Heath and Sparkhill. It is fair to say that his release of that information caused panic amongst the Hall Green constituency officers, somewhat akin to the sewage impacting the air conditioning.

The report had been carefully buried since it was produced in June, with those seeking to view it being required to make an appointment and FoI requests being directed through Audit prior to release.

I've seen a copy of the report now and it makes for deeply uncomfortable reading.

Even the fact that the auditor can only give the ECP a 'limited' assurance rating is serious, as that means that there is a significant risk, which requires real improvements to be made urgently and that there are inadequate controls in place to meet objectives and that they arenot being applied consistently. This is the second-worst outcome and is a strong indicator that processes and procedures need to be tightened up to avoid serious problems.

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