'HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds of taxpayers money has been spent using Cheshire West and Chester Council credit cards without proper checks being carried out.
An internal audit has revealed “significant weaknesses” in the way Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) controls how the cards are used by staff.
Auditors said the weaknesses meant there was potential for the cards to be used for fraud.
They found that 41 per cent of transactions worth £374,000 had not been approved by managers, 21 per cent totalling £163,000 had not been reviewed by card holders and 21 card holders no longer worked for the council.'
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My comment: This is very worrying, firstly, how can a council responsible for spending taxpayer's money be so lax when it comes to financial control. Secondly, is #QuackCWaC just as lax in other areas?
If credit card spending is not being being monitored how an earth do we know what #QuackCWaC staff and members are spending taxpayer's money on?
Some earlier posts of mine on the subject of credit card spending.
28 MAY 2011 CWaC Council spending on Credit Cards
31 MAY 2011 Old credit card habits die hard
24 JUNE 2011 CWaC Council spending on Credit Cards UPDATED 13/07/11