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Taxpaers' money written off

PUBLISHED: 12:57 14 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:07 05 July 2010

I COULD hardly believe my eyes when I read The Journal's article about the missing taxpayers' money which is being written off by the powers that be.

How can it take five years for Waveney District Council to finally report this missing money to the police and were the full council made aware of the position?

I fail to comprehend how anyone can not be aware that two large cheques have not been deposited with the authority's bank account and as they know the actual amounts involved, one must assume that they know what they were in connection with and who they were from.

I COULD hardly believe my eyes when I read The Journal's article about the missing taxpayers' money which is being written off by the powers that be.

How can it take five years for Waveney District Council to finally report this missing money to the police and were the full council made aware of the position?

I fail to comprehend how anyone can not be aware that two large cheques have not been deposited with the authority's bank account and as they know the actual amounts involved, one must assume that they know what they were in connection with and who they were from.

There must be a paper trail somewhere and there definitely must have been knowledge of this at the highest level of council.

We are not talking about petty cash here, these are two cheques for large amounts, and they cannot just fall off the radar screen. Why are the details of the missing cash being kept in confidential papers and made unavailable for the public to see?

There is such a thing as the Freedom of Information Act to counteract this type of draconian action.

This secrecy is not the action of an open government body and there should definitely be a public enquiry into the loss of this large amount of money and into the suspicious actions of those responsible for the public purse.

This is the ratepayers' money and should not be written off.

What other financial discrepancies are we not being made aware of?

We have already heard about the non collection of site fees, over a number of years, for caravans parked at the North Denes Caravan Park.

A great deal of good could have been achieved with all this lost ratepayers' money.

Company heads would have rolled long ago and it would have been picked up before the accounts were signed off at the end of the financial year.

The action, or the inaction, of those at the top can only confirm what the government Audit Commission and the ratepayers of Waveney already know, that they are not fit for purpose.

We, the ratepayers, deserve a much better service than this.

MRS G MACLEOD-THORPE

Lansdowne Road

Lowestoft

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