Another £11K down the OAT Plug-Hole
- an “In My View” article by NIGEL WARD, unearthing more expenditure omitted from SBC claims that only(!) £107K was spent on the OAT, an alleged ‘saving’ of £25K on the budgeted £132K.
Further to ALI WILKINS’ recent disclosure “OAT: Number-Juggling”, and my own article “OAT: The ‘Unmentionable’ Quarter-Million”, and with the benefit of BOB ROBERTS’ revelations concerning use of the corporate credit card “CEO’s Weekend in Paris?”, I am now in a position to show another £11.082.16 spend on ad hoc expenses via another SBC Corporate Procurement credit card – on top of the £240,942.53 listed in the SBC Open Data – bringing the total OAT “operating costs” spend to a whopping £252,024.69:
Perhaps SBC Leader Councillor Derek BASTIMAN [Con.] can explain to us why Mr Nick EDWARDS (Director of Finance) has made a statement to the press (YCR) that is vastly misleading?
“The “cost of operation” of the venue, was reduced by £25,000 as income exceeded expectations by £73,000, which reduced costs from £132,000.”
Then again, perhaps he cannot . . .
And another thing – how is that neither the local rag nor the elected Councillors are picking up and publicising this rank dishonesty, revealed by figures disclosed on the Council’s own website? Does no-one ever check the facts?
For what purpose do we have an Overview & Scrutiny Board (OSB) if not to expose the dishonesty of Council’s Officers? Or are the O&SB members provided with cards of their own?
You tell me, Derek. I am all ears.