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Audit Scotland investigating corruption involving the Celtic SLA at The Lennoxtown Initiative

Audit Scotland reply redacted

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

Announcement of the EU clearing Celtic of state aid appeared in the media here courtesy of official Glasgow Celtic Council spokesperson Gerry Braiden, here and here.

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.

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6 thoughts on “Audit Scotland investigating corruption involving the Celtic SLA at The Lennoxtown Initiative

  1. Your letter from Audit Scotland has no mention of Celtic, why is this ? are they not implicated or is it corruption / ineptness on the 3 listed bodies ?

    Posted by Gprdon | December 18, 2014, 6:41 am
    • Read the notice and the 4 bullet points – what was the Celtic SLA supposed to be for? The delivery of services funded by NHSGGC from the money Celtic PLC paid for Lennoxtown. Audit Scotland has rights to investigate The Lennoxtown Initiative since it is an ALEO (Arms Length Enterprise Organisation see Steven Purcell for use of ALEOs) set up by the 3 public authorities. Was value for money obtained? Were the services delivered? Was there any governance issues?

      Posted by footballtaxhavens | December 21, 2014, 2:57 am
  2. I’m a little confused. Didn’t you say a little while back that not only were the EU not cancelling their investigation into Celtics land deals with GCC but were expanding it to cover the Lennoxtown Land acquisition and SLA shenanigans? Yet when the EU say that nothing funny happened with Celtic and GCC, Lennoxtown isn’t even mentioned? Did they even look at it? What if Celtic are found guilty of corruption at Lennoxtown; does that mean the land deals in Glasgow will be looked at again. RFC fans may yet find a strange bed fellow in the SNP who are the best hope for some sort of public justice for the people of East Dunbartonshire who appear to have been right royally shafted over Lennoxtown and its dodgy Labour Celtic supporting politicians.

    Posted by Scott Macboy | December 18, 2014, 11:55 am
    • Scott, the SNP have nothing to do with this. Audit Scotland is separate from the govt of the day and the SNP dare not quash the investigation. As far as EDC is concerned some of their councillors have been the drivers of The Lennoxtown Initiative and the Celtic SLA and are no doubt being questioned by Audit Scotland. As said in the post it will be interesting if the EU has cleared Celtic but Audit Scotland rules otherwise.

      Posted by footballtaxhavens | December 21, 2014, 3:05 am
  3. Very encouraging news, I sense audit Scotland will carry out a full and thorough investigation and deal professionally with any hindrance they would undoubtedly experience during investigation. Hopeful for some Christmas 🎅 cheer. Merry Xmas to all for your sterling work.

    Posted by Don Mac | December 18, 2014, 1:05 pm
  4. Your reward will come for your hard work my friend watp

    Posted by Harry | December 18, 2014, 7:32 pm

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