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Aberdeen youth festival 'not at arm's length' from council

The relationship between the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) and the city council has been criticised by auditors.

A report, due before councillors next week, claims the festival has not been at arm's length and was operating as though part of the council.

The PwC report raises concerns about appropriate controls not being in place over finances.

The council said members would consider the report on Thursday, 26 February.

'Severe concerns'

Festival manager Stewart Aitken said he would wait for councillors to consider the report, but added some of the concerns raised were being addressed.

Councillor Jennifer Stewart, the chairwoman of the trustees at one of the north east's longest running cultural festivals, ended her involvement with the AIYF last year.

She had described "severe concerns" about the running costs of the festival.

The former chairwoman told BBC Scotland she felt she had now been vindicated.

The AIYF, which has been running for more than 40 years, attracts thousands of young people from all over the world.

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