FACT investigation: 'Not clear' how signature of transport boss appeared on applications, 'inadequate' FOI answers and stricter licensing for FACT drivers

PUBLISHED: 15:38 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 31 July 2018

FACT, HACT and ESACT report from Shire Hall on Tuesday, July 31. Picture: HARRY RUTTER / Archant 2018

FACT, HACT and ESACT report from Shire Hall on Tuesday, July 31. Picture: HARRY RUTTER / Archant 2018

HARRY RUTTER

Investigators say "it was not clear" how the signature of a council transport boss appeared on FACT grant applications.

FACT, HACT and ESACT report from Shire Hall on Tuesday, July 31. Picture: HARRY RUTTER / Archant 2018FACT, HACT and ESACT report from Shire Hall on Tuesday, July 31. Picture: HARRY RUTTER / Archant 2018

It was revealed last week transport officer Gavin Moulton’s signature appeared four times on grant applications made by FACT without his knowledge or consent.

It came from a Freedom of Information request (FOI).

But investigators PFK, who conducted the report into the transport provider, also said that answers were “inadequate” on FOI requests made.

It comes as part of further in-depth analysis into the FACT report continues at Cambridgeshire County Council’s audit and accounts committee this afternoon.

FACT, HACT and ESACT report from Shire Hall on Tuesday, July 31. Picture: HARRY RUTTER / Archant 2018FACT, HACT and ESACT report from Shire Hall on Tuesday, July 31. Picture: HARRY RUTTER / Archant 2018

It was also concluded that FACT drivers will face spot checks under stricter licence requirements.

Disgruntled Fenland taxi drivers have been airing their opinions at the meeting throughout the day.

Lead campaigner Dave Humphrey said that the committee should find the report “abhorrent” while others insisted that FACT had “blood on their hands”.

Chairman of the audit committee, Cllr Michael Shelling, said that many of the mistakes made “would cause a sharp intake in breath” - but there are clear plans now in place about what should be done in the future.

Chief executive of Cambs County Council, Gillian Beasley, added: “There have been a number of issued raised that we are looking into.

“FOI information should be accurate and transparent. This is a very complicated area but the county council will thoroughly investigate with a cautious and prudent approach.”

Cllr Kit Owen, vice chair of FACT, said: “We have faced challenges; we operate in a rural community and we offer much more than just a Dial a Ride service.

“It is philanthropy that drives our staff not money.”

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