Monday, February 9, 2009

Folk festival fiasco still on the agenda

In January the City Council announced that it was left with not option but to take legal action against its supplier of online ticket services for the 2008 Folk Festival, who had failed to hand over £618k of money owed to the Council.

Since then, opposition Councillors have only been drip fed occasional information about efforts to collect the money, and about the review commissioned from PricewaterhouseCoopers to look into the circumstances of the fiasco. One of the ways I can scrutinise what is going and make sure everything possible is now being done to recover taxpayers funds is to request that a report brought to committee - the request will be considered on Friday, and the Council has also agreed to have an update briefing for Councillors this week, but I hope a full report can be brought to the next Strategy and Resources committee so that these important issues can be considered in public as much as is possible.

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