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http://www.thestar.co.uk/headlines/Labour-...Deal.5665016.jp

LABOUR has apologised for failing to intervene to halt mismanagement at Burngreave New Deal for Communities regeneration agency when it controlled Sheffield Council.

But ruling Liberal Democrats have criticised the opposition party for taking so long to make the announcement – four months after a highly-critical report was published about the council's handling of the agency.

A final version of the report is being presented to a meeting of Sheffield Council's cabinet next month.

Failings identified include lack of monitoring to see how BNDfC was spending its £52 million.

The agency ran out of money two years early. It was criticised for high staffing costs, and spending on lavish building projects, feasibility studies, community parties and outings.

It also hired the services of two discredited workers, one of whom had been fired and the other resigned from a London new deal agency for mis-use of property.

One was taken on as deputy director at BNDfC – on a large salary – and the agency paid the other man to give "motivational training" to its staff.

Although BNDfC was run by a committee of community representatives in Burngreave, the council was supposed to be its 'accountable body' to ensure nothing went wrong.

Labour group leader Coun Jan Wilson, who was council leader when problems occurred at BNDfC, said: "I would like to offer my sincere apologies for any shortcomings in the New Deal programme which have caused problems for local people.

"The local board was set up with the genuine intention to put local people in the driving seat. Clearly lessons must be learned for any future proposals of this type."

The report into the council's handling of BNDfC followed an independent investigation. It was ordered in 2008 after an investigation by The Star.

Labour, ruling at the time despite not having a majority, proposed an internal council investigation but the Lib Dems banded together with minority party councillors to force the independent investigation.

Coun David Baker, Lib Dem deputy leader of Sheffield Council, said: "It doesn't surprise me that the report clearly shows Labour failed to look after taxpayers money. That's why Labour voted against the original investigation.

"However, sorry seems to be the hardest word for the politicians responsible as Labour continues to refuse to apologise to local people."

An excellent waste of taxpayer money with absolutely nothing to show for it.

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An excellent waste of taxpayer money with absolutely nothing to show for it.

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anecdotal

it is alleged that some people have been selling property to new deal for communities at above market value in recent months

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These schemes are just vehicles for cronyism and lining the pockets of family, relatives and friends.

I thought everyone understood this.

A group I was in once got some urban regeneration money. I was muchly surprised. Delighted and a little overawed to be sponsored to hire a professional theatre and one of the best orchestras in the country for our little concert.

I guess our brave leader T was adept in playing the system (he brought in corporate money too). And the fact that half our regular membership lived in the deprived area (G, who's a CofE minister, as well as T) may have helped.

My conclusion was that the slush fund had an element for bringing culture to the deprived, and we must've ticked some right boxes for an allocation that wasn't too oversubscribed :o

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Same old Labour. same old criminal negligence

Must be quite unnerving for any labour supporters watching the country disintegrate on their watch.

Quite how any of the basterds have evaded jail is beyond me. Their mission to destroy capitalism is nearly complete, trouble is that they have also destroyed democracy in the process, We are w on the way to serious unrest people, protect yourselves :ph34r:

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A group I was in once got some urban regeneration money. I was muchly surprised. Delighted and a little overawed to be sponsored to hire a professional theatre and one of the best orchestras in the country for our little concert.

I guess our brave leader T was adept in playing the system (he brought in corporate money too). And the fact that half our regular membership lived in the deprived area (G, who's a CofE minister, as well as T) may have helped.

My conclusion was that the slush fund had an element for bringing culture to the deprived, and we must've ticked some right boxes for an allocation that wasn't too oversubscribed :o

Well I'm genuinely pleased that some government money actually ended up being spent in a deprived area instead of funding terrorist training trips to Pakistan.

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