£10m jobs fund report: What the report said of key figures
Below are some extracts from District Auditor Sue Sunderland's report into the Future Jobs Fund.
Name: Hassan Ahmed
Job: Former portfolio holder for employment and skills, Nottingham City Council
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What the report said: He is said by the district auditor to have taken part in a decision-making meeting which led to the award of a contract worth £500,000 to FEBA, an organisation where he was director. He's said to have taken part in talks about the allocation of funding to an organisation represented by his daughter. There is no record of him declaring an interest. The auditor says he may have breached the council's code of conduct and should have made his connections to organisations clearer to officers.
What he said: Mr Ahmed said he was out of the country when contacted by the Post. He said he was "very busy" when we contacted him a second time. We sent a list of questions to a solicitor acting on his behalf, which asked about his connections to companies which were awarded contracts and for his response to the auditor's criticisms. We received no response by the time the Post went to press.
Name: Michael Williams
Job: Former director of communities, Nottingham City Council
What the report said: Mr Williams is criticised by the auditor for failing to "fulfil his responsibilities" and a lack of records on the £1.5 million Community Programme. The auditor also says he should have been more aware of Mr Ahmed's potential conflicts of interest. Mr Williams is said to have taken part in discussions with the councillor over funding for an organisation represented by Mr Ahmed's daughter.
What he said: "I have not seen a copy of the District Auditor's report and so it is difficult for me to comment in any detail. My involvement was only ever with the Community Programme, which was set up against very tight time constraints, and was very successful in skilling many volunteers for future employment."
Name: Jon Collins
Job: Leader of Nottingham City Council
What the report said: Mr Collins was chairman of One Nottingham and had responsibility for delivery of the Community Programme. She criticised how the assessment and selection of organisations was changed although not communicated to all partners. Previously, the Post has reported Mr Collins appointed Mr Ahmed to his position as portfolio holder for employment and skills, despite concerns over his interests raised by some members of the Labour group. In her report, the district auditor highlighted the "risks inherent in [Mr Ahmed] carrying out the portfolio holder's function given the extent of his community involvement".
What he said: We asked Mr Collins if he was aware the criteria had been changed or if he knew Mr Ahmed's daughter was due to benefit. Chief executive Jane Todd sent a response on behalf of the council. Mr Collins did not respond directly.
Name: Jane Todd
Job: Chief Executive, City Council
What the report said: The district auditor makes no reference to the chief executive in her report. However, as chief executive, Ms Todd has responsibility for council officers and must ensure rules and procedures are followed. The auditor highlights serious failings among council officers, which allowed contracts worth about £5 million to be let with no evidence of a key decision, portfolio holder decision or delegated officer decision being sought or secured. She said the council failed to comply with the requirements of its own constitution and financial regulations in awarding Future Jobs Fund and Community Programme contracts.
What she said: Ms Todd sent us a response, which can be read in full here.
Job: Former director of development, Nottingham City Council
What the report said: The auditor said he failed to obtain proper authority for entering into, or extending about £5m worth of contracts under the future jobs fund. She states this "is not acceptable and indicates a failure primarily by the corporate director for development to fulfil his responsibilities" to follow the rules and keep proper records of decisions. The auditor also said he should have been more aware of potential conflicts [of interest]. The director for development told The auditor that he had raised concerns with a senior officer and senior councillor on alleged conflicts of interests for Mr Ahmed.
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