I kept this back to allow Audit Scotland un-impeded time to do their investigation without being hassled by phone threats. This was issued well before the EU ‘cleared’ the State Aid against Celtic PLC for the Glasgow Celtic Council land transactions but has been sat on patiently.
The reply above from Audit Scotland acknowledges that they are investigating the use of charity, The Lennoxtown Initiative, to hide and funnel payments back to Celtic PLC using the Celtic SLA and whether NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC), East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) and Scottish Enterprise (SE) performed their duties as public authorities in keeping track of the funds donated to The Lennoxtown Intiative and whether ‘value for money’ was obtained.
It was very strange that while this investigation was happening that the EU and UK government in the form of the Dept of Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) cleared Celtic PLC of EU State Aid in the Glasgow Celtic Council (GCC) land transactions. The EU State Aid case also included the land transaction at Lennoxtown so why is the EU and UK govt issuing what is a partial judgement? Surely they had to wait until Audit Scotland completed it’s investigation. This act seems to be a calculated move to intimidate Audit Scotland and politically interfere in an ongoing investigation. However Audit Scotland as they said above ‘Please note that any complaint made to the EU will not impact on our initial inquiries’.
As I have said before the EU and UK government in the form of the Dept. of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) could end up with egg on their faces and accusations of political interference in a ongoing fraud/corruption investigation by a devolved Scottish regulator tasked with oversight on corruption involving public authorities – that is a very serious matter considering the Scottish election coming up next year.
Only the GCC land transactions have been cleared
But notice they only mention the GCC land transactions, there is no mention of Lennoxtown.
So either the EU did not investigate Lennoxtown, which is very strange because it was submitted by multiple interested parties, in which case it can still be submitted on it’s own.
Or the EU issued a half baked judgement to intimidate and pressurize, Audit Scotland, a legally instituted independent body created to oversee the operations and delivery of services by Scottish public authorities. In it’s lack of an issued judgement the EU appears as transparent and open as UEFA and FIFA in it’s cover-up of corruption.
Thanks for the FoI elves for digging this jewel up and the others we are sitting on. ‘We dig dig dig dig dig dig and mine all day through’. Let’s get into the Christmas spirit.