Readers will recall an earlier blog on this subject following BBC Radio Wales's EYE ON WALES which highlighted concerns about the management of Plas Madoc Communities First. The Daily Post reported yesterday that a joint WAG/Welsh Audit Office investigation had decided to suspend the Chief Executive and the Finance Officer whilst their investigation continued. Despite being in receipt of the same information for a number of days I had decided against publishing it as I believed that if the investigation went to a criminal investigation then the publishing of names etc would be subject of subjudice laws and may be prejudicial to a subsequent fair trial. Clearly lawyers for the Daily Post don't consider this to be the case.
This development however does put Wrecsam County Borough Council in somewhat of a predicament in the requirement that any funding bids for Communities Next monies will probably need the support of the council. With the investigation ongoing how will bid assessors in Merthyr consider these bids especially as some of them will be by Plas Madoc Communities First. This ongoing investigation may well hamper Caia, Hightown and Broughton's ability to get Communities Next funding.