Nottingham City Council leader mystified by £16m error

Nottingham City Council leader mystified by £16m error

12/4/2021 5:58:00 PM

Nottingham City Council leader mystified by £16m error

An investigation starts into how the ring-fenced housing money was spent on general services.

Nottingham City Council's finances were already under the watch of a government inspectorThe leader of Labour-run Nottingham City Council said he was "mystified" how almost £16m meant for the council's housing stock was misspent.

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A total of £15.86m from the Housing Revenue Account - intended for things such as repairs - was instead used for general council services.The sum has accumulated since 2014-15, it has been revealed.David Mellen said an inquiry would look at how the mistake had continued for so long without being noticed.

Image source,LDRSImage caption,Council leader David Mellen said the mistake was seemingly approved by finance officers missed by auditorsThe Housing Revenue Account is strictly ring-fenced for transactions related to council housing landlord functions and cannot be used for other purposes.

Mr Mellen, Labour, told theLocal Democracy Reporting Service: "It is not something that has been brought to my attention until fairly recently, and at that point I agreed when questions were not being answered that an external body should be brought in to look into this.

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"This mechanism of moving money from one account to the other has seemingly been approved by finance officers and [was] not being picked up by auditors."It is mystifying I guess how this could have been signed off by so many people before and it is clearly not the right way to spend that money.

"We know about it, now we need to do something about it and there are questions, and as leader of the council I will make sure we get answers to the questions."Government inspectorThe Housing Revenue Account will now be refunded from General Fund reserves.

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Is Barry back in Eastenders? All these losers need to be sacked, get rid of local councils and start centralisation it’s the only way to stop money waste and council tax being more than your mortgage in the next few years! Is that Barry from Eastenders? 😁 ShaunWilliamson 'mystified' Council member 'I thought we poorly allocated more than that.'

Someone in authority has had their hands in the coffers and is to blame... Meanwhile down the road in Derby the city and county have blown close to £26 million on a closed incinerator without actually fixing it ! Mystified? He should be bloody furious. What do the auditors do for their money assuming the Council doesn't have an internal audit team?

I had no idea that Mr Tumble was the Nottingham City Council Leader!

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🤣👏 Labour. If the name of the party isn't mentioned in the headline...just know it isn't Conservatives! Surprised that labour councils all seem to know about Tory corruption but never their own However bad the conservatives are, you can guarantee Labour will be always be worse. Could be worse.... Treasury lost 37% of the £47Billion spent on covid business loans. And 11% of that was fraud.

Mystified in a very limited and specific way. Should have stuck to running the Banana Grove.. Doesn’t surprise me. Look at him. He would be mystified about 2+2.

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