When you read Audit Scotland’s report into The Lennoxtown Initiative you have to wonder what they did for the year they claim they investigated the charity however they did obtain a copy of the Celtic Service Level Agreement which listed in full below as it was signed.
Previously you could not find the Audit Scotland’s report by using their search facility on their publications but they restored the report to the Reports List.
Reading the Celtic SLA you have to wonder if Audit Scotland has gone to the Peter Lawwell Unsolved Parkhead Crimes School of Investigation. How did the GB get 60ft banners and poles into Parkhead undetected in a backpack? Lawwell seeks him here, he seek him there: Juan Guy – Celtic or maybe he’s just disguised as a Celtic fan – the Parkhead criminal mastermind.
Audit Scotland claim Upfront SLA payments for SLA set-up: Computer says No
Excerpt from Audit Scotland ‘we see nothing wrong’ report:
Note all this money went to Celtic, to no one else. This relates to the £329,001 upfront payment to Celtic for year ending 31st March 2007, a full 6 months before Lennoxtown training Centre was opened.
Audit Scotland claims that that £329,001 payment (2/3rds of what Celtic paid for the land) is SLA set-up costs for Celtic.
Q. Did Audit Scotland read the SLA which says:
Audit Scotland failure no.1: What is it that Audit Scotland could not understand in this statement? No stripping out public funds of a charity by Celtic claiming need money to set it up. Either Celtic could provide the service or it could not. Obviously it could not because it took 2 years to attempt at providing services. Audit Scotland’s brief is to track that public authorities obtain value for money for public funds.
Audit Scotland says Celtic SLA valid: Computer says No
There was no Services Timetable produced over the whole term of the agreement but what does the SLA say:
The Lennoxtown Initiative would have been well within it rights to terminate the agreement since none was produced.
This wasn’t a Service Level Agreement. Part 1 below was only ‘possible’ services. As Audit Scotland says some were delivered others not. There was no Services Timetable in advance for any of the 8 years.
There was a Payment Timetable. Look at Part 2 – Payment Timetable.
How could an agreement’s payments be allocated in 2006 for the next 8 years until 2014 so far in advance? Then no Service timetables be produced at least 1 year in advance for each of those 8 years. Plus the first 2 SLA agreement payments be designed to strip out 70% of the NHSGGC donation to Lennoxtown Initiative without the whole agreement being suspect?
The administration of the SLA agreement bumbled along and they made it up on the fly all the way through. Neither the charity or EDC council could evaluate what was delivered for each payment. Yet Audit Scotland said it was valid – Aye right.
Reminder: Audit Scotland is our watchdog on public funds. Well it’s been caught lying down on the job (or with the public authorities who should be hauled over the coals for this) and charging fees for 1 year for this crock of a report.
Scottish Enterprise corruption of the Celtic SLA agreement purposes
Have a look at Part 2 – Payment Timetable of the SLA below and tell me where the Scottish Enterprise £253,000 payment which was made by Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire to Celtic according to the charities Annual report for the year ending 31st March 2008? It’s not there.
Scottish Enterprise was not party to the Celtic SLA, it was The Lennoxtown Initiative charity, and the payment is not listed in Part 2 – Payment Timetable. This looks illegal using agreements to hide payments plus it’s a charity remember.
What does the Celtic SLA agreement say:
It is purely for supply of services – strictly legally defined. No mention of hiding Grant payments by Scottish Enterprise. You have to wonder at the Scottish Enterprise board approving this subterfuge.
Again Audit Scotland, overseer of propriety by Scottish public authorities, are caught with their pants down again. Must be time for them to get an award – the Peter Lawwell Detection badge. It’s Juan Guy holding up one side of a 60ft banner.
Who watches The Watchers – us the public – especially when The Watchers are useless.
Hope Audit Scotland see the irony of them investigating payments for nothing being delivered because that’s what Audit Scotland did themselves with their report.
Celtic Service Level Agreement in full