Corruption claims against Edinburgh council officials
BBC Scotland has uncovered evidence of possible fraud and serious wrongdoing in building works overseen by Edinburgh City Council.
There are calls for a review of recent work carried out under the statutory notice system, which allows the council to order repairs to private homes.
The BBC heard claims of bribes being offered by contractors, overcharging, unnecessary and poor quality work.
The council said it would not comment until a police inquiry had ended.
Mark Turley, director of Services for communities at Edinburgh City Council, said: "The ongoing independent investigations by Deloitte and the police mean it wouldn't be appropriate for us to carry out an interview."
The fraud unit at Lothian and Borders Police is currently investigating the council's property conservation department, which deals with statutory notices.
Over the past year about 15 of its officials - nearly half the department - have been suspended in a move the council described as "precautionary". The local authority also called in Deloitte auditors to carry out an investigation, which is still ongoing.
There's a TV programme as well which seems to have been broadcast last Tuesday, but is on again this evening [Saturday 24th] at 7.15pm on BBC Scotland. See http://www.bbc.co.uk...rammes/b0154z83, where there's also an iPlayer link.
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Edited by Scunnered, 24 September 2011 - 11:15 AM.