Auditors’ Report May Not Be Made Public

The Five Islands School

The report by Cornwall Council into the issues surrounding the suspension of the former Five Islands school head teacher Bryce Wilby may not be made public.

Chairman of Council Mike Hicks told Radio Scilly that he wanted islanders to see the findings as the Council has been held under, “great suspicion” by some locals.

Cornwall auditors are said to be working on a final draft.

The report deals with alleged financial irregularities at school. Director of finance and resources, Peter Lawrence-Roberts, says its release has been delayed because the auditors’ interview with Bryce Wilby brought additional information and material.

But Peter says the Council will have to take legal advice from their lawyers on what can be put in the public domain.

He says there are, “clearly some data protection issues” and chunks of it, if it is made public, may be blacked out or redacted.

It’s understood that the report would be sent to Mr Lawrence-Roberts at the Town Hall.

He has just begun three week’s annual leave. Before he left he told us that he would be in touch with his office by email and there would be contingency plans for dealing with the document, if it is released before his return.

Mr Wilby’s wife Maria says she is concerned that Bryce may not be able to view the report about him. She says the transcript of the interview held with the auditors in October says he doesn’t have the right and warns that it is the governors who should decide what to do with the report’s findings.

Maria says her husband has provided proof to negate every charge and says if the investigators don’t accept that proof, they may start litigation.

12 Responses to Auditors’ Report May Not Be Made Public

  1. Todd Stevens December 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Must be serious, its not even been leaked. : )

  2. Steve Sims November 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

    What is the report actually for? I have been told that Councillors haven’t seen all of it, so what was the point anyway. It seems to be turning into a myth.

  3. Todd Stevens November 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    It’ll be the only part of this saga that hasn’t! Its like reading a book only to find the last page is missing. : )

  4. IanT November 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    This document should be available under the ‘Freedom of Information Act’. The Council, and I mean members and senior officers, would do well to remember that they represent or work for, respectively, all the Islanders. Unless they are open about this whole sordid issue they will lose any respect they might still have.

  5. Todd Stevens November 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Errrrr havn,t we paid for this -is it not ours by right of ownership?

    Nah- let em keep it. Its been entertaining enough just getting them to get it! : )

  6. Kev Wright November 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Absolutely disgusting. We should be demanding answers from our councilors here. Not asking – DEMANDING. Who the hell do these council officers and managers think they are?

    • Jeff November 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

      I once challenged a councillor about a decision that she had made on our behalf and she replied that by voting for her you trust her judgement !!!, this is a cultural thing that will take some time to change

      • Kev Wright November 28, 2012 at 11:39 am

        Well I will be speaking to any councilor I see and asking their views. If they are insulting or disparaging in any way or try and fob me off they will notbe getting my vote should they stand again. In fact I have a very clear idea of several current councilors who will DEFINITELY not be getting my vote next time around. They probably know who they are. It’s their job to represent our views AT ALL TIMES not just at election day. That would be like a political party making loads of promises to get themselves voted in to power and then failing to bother delivering on many of them. Oh hang on…

  7. Robin November 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    This should be a public document. The effect this has had on the school, the community and the image of Scilly has been great. To deny full disclosure is an affront to democracy and only fuels the ‘conspiracy theorists’. Who would benefit from secrecy – those named in the report? To hide behind legal threats is at best cowardice at worst a cover up. Publish and be damned!

  8. Nobby Nobbs November 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Well there’s a surprise!

    The auditors were told to go back and do a proper job and now they have so much more has come to light but the council don’t want us to see it.
    One has to ask “who are they protecting and why”

    If this is to do with travel payments, I ‘suspect’ that there are an awful lot of people throughout the council ranks who have been caught acting ‘inappropriately’

    Data protection can easily be overcome with a freedom of information request

    vive la Scilly Spring

  9. Sue Williams November 27, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Oh dear, why the secrecy? it only serves to fuel the public`s suspicions.

  10. sarah November 27, 2012 at 10:05 am

    What a surprise !