Council balls up their recently published procurement card data.
You won’t believe it, but perhaps you will, as this is Folkestone & Hythe District Council we’re talking about after all.
The two years worth of procurement data released by the council on their website, we downloaded. We put the data together in single spreadsheet, then set about checking the data.
During the sanity checking we undertake, of any data set we download from somebody else’s website, we check for duplication. We did this with the council released procurement data, and guess what! Yes there was duplication, but not of individual items, but of a whole month, which adds £9074.81 to the total.
The total with duplication is £183,023.04. Without duplication it is £173,948.23. A small difference. But given there have been financial irregularities within the council, this just adds to the inability to calculate and check their data; which could have led to somebody being suspended for no reason at all.
The council duplicated June 2020 in Q1 and Q2 in the spreadsheets
Procurement_cards_Q1_2020 – This data has June 2020 in it.
Procurement_cards_Q2_2020 – This data also has June 2020 in it.
But it doesn’t stop at June, they’ve also duplicated September 2020, in the Q2 and Q3 spreadsheets. The data has not been altered and is at this moment still available for you to check for yourself.
Procurement_cards_Q2_2020 – This data has Sept 2020 in it.
Procurement_cards_Q3_2020 – This data also has Sept 2020 in it.
And to make up the hat trick, one notes March 2022, is missing in the Q4 2021/22 data.
This demonstrates there really was no sanity checking of the data, and those responsible for it do not take data transparency at all seriously. We doubt if the Chief Exec – Dr Susan Priest, the Monitoring Officer – Amandeep Khroud, or Charlotte Spendley, the s151 officer, will give a damn.
They are so incompetent they can’t even cover up their fiddling of expenses
Jesus, Mary & Joseph, these people tasked with the job ought to be sacked.
I spotted the duplicate months immediately when I started to collate the data. Wasn’t difficult to spot. Why did no one check this?