In the eyes of WLBC, out-sourced services corruption, in leisure services, was non-existent.
But let’s say you run a small plumbing firm and you’ve been charging West Lancashire Borough Council for fixing 100 toilets a month in council properties when you have only fixed 70. Let’s say you’ve been running this fiddle for three years. What could, or should, the consequences would be if it were to come to light through unpleasant events in the bathrooms of several tenants?
In all likelihood your business would be ruined, would never work for another local council, or anyone else. Nor should you, it’s criminal, fraud. That’s outsourcing. Just as DCT Leisure Ltd running the Beacon Park Golf Course was. Because WLBC did contract direct with DCT Leisure Ltd Company Director Mark Prosser for the golf course lease and failed miserably any verification or competency assessment of the company. Its unpaid VAT, unpaid former employee claim, employee redundancy, and unpaid trade and expenses bills, totalled £69,508.
Yet national outsourcer Serco committed fraud on a massive scale but it’s still supported by taxpayers, including West Lancashire Borough Council, as this picture shows.
From Rupert Soames, Serco Group chief executive “Those of us who now run the business are mortified, embarrassed and angry that, in a period between six and nine years ago, Serco understated the level of profitability of its Electronic Monitoring contract in its reports to the Ministry of Justice.
“Serco apologised unreservedly at the time, and we do so again. The management and culture of Serco, and the transparency with which we conduct our affairs, have changed beyond all recognition, and we are pleased that this has been acknowledged by both the SFO and by the government”.
Which brings us back to the Beacon Park Golf Course. The “Transparency with which we conduct our affairs” is missing. When will the Soames management and culture reach its relationship with Oakland Golf & Leisure Ltd so that the whereabouts of the landfill royalties is exposed, accounted for, and WLBC tax payers can be assured there was no VAT fiddle, as with DCT Leisure Ltd?