In Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s recently published Code of corporate governance it states at Part G: We comply with the local government transparency code [...]
Is she, or isn’t she?
“The Section 151 Officer is responsible to the Council for ensuring that appropriate advice is given on all financial matters, for keeping proper financial records and [...]
Princes Parade: Financial mismanagement of Faithful & Gould contract
Updated 6 March @ 07:40am According to the Council’s procurement guide under Value for Money it states: Value for money is a balance of quality, price and delivery and [...]
Princes Parade Update: Possible solutions to discover the lost £5m.
Updated 6 March @ 07:55am How does Folkestone & Hythe District Council lose £5m on Princes Parade? Cllr Jim Martin doesn’t know, nor does Cllr Lesley Whybrow. Cllr [...]
Interim Chief Finance Officer likely to cost minimum of £104,000
According to Cllr Jackie Meade‘s quick back of the fag packet calculation, at the Personnel Committee on the 2 Feb, an interim s151 officer was £100,000. A s151 [...]
Council’s accounts: Another hat trick of irregularities
How many times does it take Folkestone & Hythe District Council to produce a draft set of accounts for publication, for the financial year 2021/22? No it’s not a [...]
Council’s accounts “are nothing short of a dog’s breakfast”
“They are nothing short of a dog’s breakfast” says Chris a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), “and [...]
Princes Parade: A hat trick of contract irregularities
One has to hand it to Folkestone & Hythe District Council. They have single handedly awarded three contracts to companies who were working on Princes Parade, six months [...]
Council’s Chief Finance Officer is leaving the building
Charlotte Spendley the Chief Finance Officer (s151 Officer) at Folkestone & Hythe District Council is leaving the building sometime in the near future. Did she jump, or [...]
Bruising reports remind Council’s Statutory Officers of contract & financial irregularities as a major issue as council face £18.5m deficit
They are without doubt, three remarkable, wise women. Each is able, each is a professional, and each is full of “intent, a clear intent” to instill compliance of [...]
Council in advanced negotiations to sell Connect 38, but was purchase lawful?
Folkestone & Hythe District Council are looking to sell Connect 38 – Ashford; which they bought for £16.8m, on the 14 May 2019. However, no evidence exists of a [...]
Finally, the Council comply with the law
Better late than never is what they say! Finally, Folkestone & Hythe District Council have complied with the law, two days late, but as we said better late than never. [...]
Council failing to publish the notice explaining why the audited accounts for 2021/22 have not been published
Folkestone & Hythe District Council are in breach of the law again, but neither of the two statutory officers, Charlotte Spendley -s151 officer, responsible for the money [...]
£1,452,646 spent on suppliers without a compliant contract
A damning report released today, by Folkestone & Hythe District Council, show that procurement management and contract standing orders (CSO) have been significantly [...]
Exodus from Council Finance Department
Exodus (noun) = a lot of people leave that place at the same time. She is the second most senior finance officer at Folkestone & Hythe District Council, yet her job [...]
Inflation & Interest Rates have profound knock on effects to Princes Parade & Otterpool Park
For anybody who has been living on another planet, it is clear the recent events at national level have had a major impact on the lives of individuals, companies and local [...]
Yet More Contract Irregularities at Folkestone & Hythe District Council
Once again, there are issues with Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s Contracts Register (17/10/22) (Quelle surprise). The Council’s Constitution at Part 10 [...]
Holidays & Hypocrisy
On the 1 August 2022, the public were supposed to have been allowed to inspect Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s accounts, as per s26 of the Local Audit & [...]
Part 2: Your Rights to Inspect the Council’s Accounts
Following on from Part 1 yesterday, if after inspecting the accounts and asking questions you are concerned about something in the accounts, you may wish to object to the [...]
Council reluctant to place reports about financial and contract irregularities into the public domain.
Updated 26/10/22 @19:30 Sometimes, just sometimes, we do feel for Cllrs who try their best, but find themselves unsupported by other Cllrs who sit on the same committee. [...]
A witchhunt, a c*ck up, and an unofficial “reward scheme”
Updated – 13/09/22 @17:43 For starters we’ll serve up the c*ck up salad; followed by the main dish the reward scheme roast; and for deseret, a delightful witch [...]
Council whistleblower vindicated over contract irregularities
In a guest post back in June 2022, a Council Officer whistleblower claimed there was a lack of governance and internal controls within Folkestone & Hythe District [...]
And yet more contract irregularities at our Council
And yet again it happens. Three further contracts have been let which are in clear breach of Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s Contract Standing Orders (CSOs). [...]
Are Folkestone & Hythe District Council cooking the books?
It’s a first, and not one Folkestone & Hythe District Council should be proud of at all. For the first time in the history of our Council, they have failed to [...]
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 [...]