“Audit Scotland’s report on the tendering and contracting of services at West Dunbartonshire Council is damning. It is clear that there are deep-rooted issues at the council and that there was a culture of officers not following procurement practices for a number of years, with the approval of senior management.
“It is staggering that in 2011/12 just 44% of the contracts tendered followed the correct guidance on procurement.
“It is also clear that Internal Audit’s review of the issues was not best practice. Audit Scotland conclude that the review was lengthy due to a lack of timely co-operation from council staff and that members of the council were not updated during the investigation period.
“Members of the council are responsible to the people in West Dunbartonshire who elected them – it is now clear that the summary of findings presented to the Audit Committee in December 2018 lacked the level of detail required for members to effectively scrutinise the issues identified by Internal Audit. This is simply unacceptable.
“The Council must adopt all of Audit Scotland’s recommendations immediately to ensure that they are providing best value for the public pound and local taxpayers.”