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Awema: Welsh government must change charity funding - Audit Office

Wales' Assistant Auditor General has said the Welsh government needs to change its approach to grants management following the publication of a report that strongly criticises how it managed public funds given to the collapsed charity, All Wales Ethnic Minority Association (Awema).

Anthony Barrett said it was a warning for the Welsh government and departments need to be more joined-up in their approach.

In a Wales Audit Office (WAO) report, Welsh government officials were said to have failed to act on warnings before Awema was engulfed by a funding scandal because they feared being accused of discrimination.

Some civil servants were worried about criticism if they tackled Awema.

The body was wound up in February after "significant and fundamental failures".

The report has said officials failed to heed a number of warnings over a decade.

Assistant auditor general at the Wales Audit Office Anthony Barrett spoke to Good Morning Wales' Felicity Evans.

  • 18 Oct 2012
  • From the section Wales