Neither of the two public bodies that put the most money into the Celtic SLA, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) and Scottish Enterprise (SE) have a copy of the Celtic SLA.
Also East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC), a funder and the main recipient of the Celtic SLA’s delivered ‘services’ does not have a copy of the SLA either.
Seems very strange that the NHSGGC allocated £464,333 to the Celtic SLA in the year ending 31st March 2007 and Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire £253,000 in the year ending 31st March 2008 but neither knows what they were paying for.
Even worse is the EDC which received £884,167 of ‘services’ through the Celtic SLA over the 8 years ending recently on the 31st March 2014. How did they know whether the ‘services’ match the schedule and quality of what was stated in the Celtic SLA if they didn’t have a copy?
Although the funds passed through The Lennoxtown Initiative, that ‘charity’ company was created by the EDC, NHSGGC and SED, they had directors representing the three public bodies on the board. Those representatives would have had to approve the Celtic SLA.
The misuse of ALEOs, Arms Length External Organisations, has attracted the attention of Audit Scotland in several reports, here and here with the first report in March 2005 called ‘Following The Public Pound’.
Question for the NHSGGC, EDC & SE – How can you follow the public pound when you do not retain contracts, and that is what the Celtic SLA was, and track what was promised then matched to what was delivered?
Unless there was no written contract? But then that would mean they participated in a fraud.