At a meeting of Tower Hamlets Council Audit Committee, a report was issued to members outlining strong concerns over the monitoring and control of mainstream grants.
Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group said:
“The Labour Group - and the public more widely - have strongly held
concerns over what community groups have received grant money and how much funding they receive. Transparency has been severely lacking, both with regard to the mainstream grant funding and Section 106 funding.
An audit report has confirmed our concerns over the council’s grants process. There was found to be no proper documented monitoring procedures
for some organisations receiving grant funding, no monitoring visits were carried out in some cases, a lack of evidence for some organisations
expenditure claims and no evidence to show that value for money was
properly considered in a number of cases. The audit report highlighted
strong concerns over grant funding for Youth & Connexions projects,
Luncheon Club projects and Development & Renewal projects.
With millions of taxpayers’ money going to grant funding, it’s vital that
the new grants process is transparent, fair and proper. The Labour Group is seeking to work with the commissioners to that end.”