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Bedfordshire Citizen Partnership: Fraud

Volume 471: debated on Monday 28 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the report on the fraud investigation into Bedfordshire Citizen Partnership will be available; and if she will make a statement. (181064)

The Citizens Services Partnership (CSP) Joint Authority Scrutiny Task Group was formed to oversee the findings of the fraud investigation. This is comprised of members from Mid Bedfordshire district council, South Bedfordshire district council and Bedfordshire county council. The fraud investigation is currently continuing and the Task Group is awaiting the receipt of a further general update from Bedfordshire police, covering in particular the outcome of its discussions with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Audit Commission. The Task Group is also awaiting the receipt of a report from the Assistant Director (Audit and Risk Management) at Bedfordshire county council, which presents a summary of the previous four Internal Audit reports regarding the CSP, in terms of what recommendations remain outstanding regarding the governance arrangements and probity of the Partnership and what, if any, changes had taken place at Bedfordshire county council to address weaknesses identified.