North Lanarkshire Council offices © Google
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Scottish council probes 'extremely serious' procurement corruption allegations

North Lanarkshire Council has opened an investigation into what it calls “serious allegations of corruption” in its procurement processes.

Council leader Jim Logue instructed chief executive Paul Jukes to launch the probe following an anonymous tip off in a letter to council.

Logue said: “These allegations, which are detailed, concern some of the council’s procurement processes. If true, they are extremely serious.”

The council’s internal audit team has already begun to investigate the allegations and will hand the case to the police if further evidence of wrongdoing is found.

The internal audit team has access to all files held by any part of the council and all IT systems.

“It is essential that the people of North Lanarkshire are able to have full confidence in the way the council conducts its business and I am determined that we are transparent at all times,” said Logue.

“Although these are currently unsubstantiated, anonymous allegations, I believe that it is right to carry out a full investigation and share any evidence which comes to light with the police.”

The council declined to comment further‎.

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