Serious fraud investigation report to be heard in public

A report on a serious fraud investigation involving Roads Services will be heard in public at a special meeting of Midlothian Council’s Audit Committee on Tuesday 15 May.

Internal investigation now finished

An initial internal investigation has been completed and a confidential report has been sent to Police Scotland.

The Audit Committee report sets out the actions recommended by the council’s Internal Audit to address weaknesses identified in internal processes and procedures.

We are working with external auditors

The report also gives details of work to be carried out by the council’s external auditors, EY, to ensure that money spent, work performed and contract management is consistent with procurement decisions. This will include detailed analysis and testing.

We are taking a 'zero tolerance' approach

Midlothian Council’s Chief Executive Kenneth Lawrie said: “I am, along with senior colleagues, absolutely determined that we will get to the root of these issues. There can be no place within the council for poor practice, wrongdoing or impropriety. We have a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to this and will act robustly to tackle and resolve it, taking all further actions which may be necessary.”

How to report concerns

The council is urging anyone concerns about the misuse of council resources or inappropriate practices, then please report them to the council’s confidential whistleblowing hotline:

Concerns can also be raised anonymously (if so desired) via the council’s website

Read the report

11 May 2018