Council Cash investigation
Also at the O&S Committee on Monday it was agreed that the chief executive of Copeland Council will lead an investigation into the council's management of money invested in or guaranteed to Haven rugby club and in the arrangements to appoint and support two councillors as directors of the club.
The chief will will report back on the results of his investigation to a committee meeting held in public on 22nd November.
In particular the initial investigation will focus on a series of specific questions raised by Councillor Alistair Norwood. These are:-
Were the councillors who were appointed to the WRLC board given any appropriate training and support to perform this function?
What was the reason for removing officers from this role and replacing them with councillors? Is there any reason to believe that their decisions contributed to financial loss suffered by the club or this council?
What reporting mechanisms existed for the councillors to report back any issues that were found during their time on the board?
What reporting back to the council took place? Was the council kept fully informed of all actions of the board? Is the reporting considered to have been adequate. If not, why not? And what improvements can be put in place for the future?
Did the council get all information that was requested from the representatives during this time?
Has any evaluation been done on the performance of the council representatives with a view to improving how the council handles these matters in the future?
What was the total cost to the council of having the councillors on the board of WRLC?