Council officials in Edinburgh face new claims of corruption

Edinburgh architecture Investigations started after claims of corruption involving officials handling property repairs

Related Stories

Further details about allegations of corruption at the City of Edinburgh Council have been passed to the BBC.

A year-long investigation of departments handling property repairs has been carried out by police and independent auditors.

Information passed to the BBC suggests malpractice by officials was more widespread than originally thought.

The council has said it will report on the investigation it commissioned in the next three months.

One former employee of a department not linked to the original investigation said: "I'm absolutely convinced that kickbacks were involved. Holidays, booze, upgrading their cars.

"Some of the guys were shady. Meetings would take place around their cars outside instead of in the office.

"Jobs would be signed off as completed… the contractors would be paid… but a school janitor or a care home would call up to say it hadn't been done at all or had been done badly."

Procurator fiscal

The BBC has been told two people have been sacked in the property conservation department, where concerns were first sparked.

Other staff have denied corruption was widespread, or existed at all.

One said: "The property conservation department is the victim of a smear campaign by contractors and the council itself.

"I did nothing wrong. I never allocated work without the boss knowing about it.

"There is no fraud or corruption whatsoever in our department and I want to see the report into the investigation published in full so we can be cleared of any wrongdoing."

The police will be sending a report to the procurator fiscal shortly.

Edinburgh City Council said it could not comment on the specific allegations but its aim was to restore confidence in an important system for ensuring the quality of the city's housing and built heritage.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Edinburgh, Fife and East

Weather

Edinburgh

10 °C 7 °C

Features & Analysis

  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa


  • Woman in swimming pool Green stuff

    The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine


  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health


  • The OfficeIn pictures

    Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ITChild's play

    It's never been easier for small businesses to get their message out to the world

Programmes

  • Tuna and avacadoThe Travel Show Watch

    Is Tokyo set to become the world's gourmet capital?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.