NDNA presents case to Audit Scotland
NDNA Scotland supported MSPs in a debate in the Scottish Parliament on 1140 hours.
Following this debate the Minister pledged to write to all local authorities about capital funding, a copy of that letter is available below.
NDNA are aware of a number of councils who are saying they cannot allow capital funding to be made available to partner providers, or they have spent their allocations already on their own provision, with no money available for anyone else.
Jane Malcolm, NDNA Scotland’s Policy Manager, met with Audit Scotland for a meeting yesterday (22 November). It is the role of Audit Scotland to give independent assurance to the people of Scotland that public money is spent properly, efficiently and effectively. Jane presented examples of ways which councils have spent capital funding without involving partner providers.
At the meeting, NDNA Scotland asked for a review into how the capital funding has been spent which will be conducted in the financial year 2019/2020. Reassurances were also given to NDNA Scotland that Audit Scotland will shortly be meeting with COSLA and Scottish Government to seek answers to questions asked by the sector.
We will continue to work with Audit Scotland to ensure this issue is looked into properly.
Any NDNA Scotland members with concerns about examples of capital funding in their local area are encouraged to contact the Scotland office so concerns can be shared with Audit Scotland.