Officer resigns in contracts probe

19 July 2010

20 July 2010 | Angeline Albert

A Croydon Council procurement officer who was at the centre of an audit investigation has resigned.

Peter Storey handed in his notice after the council’s internal investigation questioned the tendering process of special needs school transport contracts, which Storey oversaw. The contract has since been retendered.

The results of Croydon Council’s investigation, published in May, led to the temporary suspension of Storey. He resigned in June before the outcome of disciplinary proceedings into his conduct. The investigation into the tendering found problems with the process but no evidence of fraud.

Chief executive Jon Rouse said in a statement: “While the investigation has not concluded that there was any fraudulent activity, it has raised concerns with the evaluation process. In those circumstances, the right thing to do is to start again and carry out the procurement properly.”

Companies will bid for the four-year contracts and the council’s current suppliers will provide transport until the contract process is complete.

Rouse added: “Our first priority is to the 1,000 children and vulnerable adults who receive transport. There will be no difference in service while the contracts are retendered.“

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