Opposition adviser demands to see report on controversial Sandwell school bus contracts
Jay Anandou claimed that as a member of the board’s review committee and audit committee, he should have seen the report before the details were made public.
But there were a “number of operational procedural areas identified for improvement” which “should be done with a broader consideration of the choice of delivery model and type of tendering process used”.
The review was launched after an Express & Star investigation found that four contracts worth over £ 20million over four years were to be handed over to companies run by Azeem Hafeez, a former employee board that was named in a 2016 land deal report to the authority. He denied any wrongdoing.
The new council head, Rajbir Singh, stepped in to delay the councilors’ final decision and pledged to be “as transparent as possible” on the matter.
An independent review of how the companies were chosen was promised.
But Councilor Anandou, one of nine new Tory advisers elected in May, said he had been left out.
The internal audit report is not even shared with me, a member of both the review board and the audit committee, yet I see in the news the board stating that there is no wrong to do in its initial conclusions – reckless! @ExpressandStar https://t.co/43APxr8kLz
– Cllr Jay Anandou (@ Jay4Sandwell) July 6, 2021
He said on Twitter: “The internal audit report is not even shared with me, a member of both the review board and the audit committee, but I see in the news the board stating that it There is no harm in his initial conclusions. Reckless! “