Councillors say FACT has left a 'significant lack of confidence' in their services

PUBLISHED: 12:10 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 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

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A "significant lack of confidence" in community transport provider FACT could lead to a "transition" into a contract with a new provider, councillors say.

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

Councillor Chris Boden said that FACT should “critically examine” their board.

Speaking at the audits and accounts meeting at Cambs County Council this morning, he said: “There should be a rebalancing of the board to achieve the best skills and knowledge.

“This should hopefully lead to them being more fulfilling of requirements.

“There have been failures in management and stewardship.”

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

The committee also “fully endorsed” that more training and greater responsibility of action and power should be taken by FACT members.

Chief executive, Gillian Beasley, said existing contracts would have to be “carefully managed” if a transition was to take place.

“We will make a judgement to make sure they are sufficient in what they say and there is serious work for us to do to make sure we can continue to work with this organisation,” she added.

“It [a new contract] would be something that would have to be considered extremely carefully.”

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

Chair, Cllr Michael Shelling, said: “It is quite clear there is a significant lack of confidence of what has been presented to us in the past.

“This is very serious and I would want to invite the head of an internal audit to make sure that all skeletons have been dug out.”

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