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Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Colin Beattie

Maybe we should ask for written evidence. That would allow us to look at what the SFC says and decide whether we should take it further. We might also need to look at some of the other stakeholders. It is a difficulty that the college no longer exists, because otherwise we would call on it to come forward.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Colin Beattie

I suggest that we need further comment, certainly from the SFC.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Colin Beattie

What happened was certainly not best practice. Matters were poorly executed. The situation has to be investigated further to ensure that there is no recurrence.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Colin Beattie

Indeed, but we are looking at a snapshot in time and what happened around it.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Colin Beattie

What I see before me is very disappointing. It seems to be a litany of errors and misjudgments. I draw the committee’s attention to the conclusions on page 1 of the Scott-Moncrieff report, which is annex A in our papers. I will cite some of the individual components:

“The Remuneration Committee had not met for a number of years”.

Reasons are given for that, but they are pretty weak. The remuneration committee should be meeting periodically.

“The Committee received inadequate management support”.

“The Committee was unaware of the SFC guidance”.

The members of the committee are paid to know about that guidance; they are professionals, and they are supposed to be aware of it. The report goes on:

“The College had no severance policy requiring compliance with the SFC guidance.”

Why not?

Comment is made further down the same page, at paragraph 6:

“the governance applied to this agreement was inadequate.”

The chair of the board also chaired the remuneration committee and authorised the payments.

We could go through the report bit by bit and take it apart. Paragraph 45, on page 9, says:

“We have no evidence that any specific HR advice was received by the Committee.”

The whole thing is absolutely shocking. It is hard to know where to start. Who made the decisions on gardening leave? Who decided that that was a good idea? It was never used, so it is clear that it was poorly thought out.

The report by Scott-Moncrieff does not come to any conclusion other than the actual facts, which I suppose is all that it can do, but what is the college doing with it? What is its next step? The situation is completely inadequate and appallingly poor. It is a very bad indicator of how colleges handle such matters.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Colin Beattie

Paragraph 19 on page 8 of the Audit Scotland report says that

“more detailed planning is still to be developed for the remaining programme period”.

Does that imply additional costs?



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Colin Beattie

There are IT costs coming down the line that are not yet quantified.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Colin Beattie

Notwithstanding the huge increase in IT costs, you are taking a number of key functionalities out of the system. How will that impact? Will there have to be workarounds? Are you scheduling future work to capture those functionalities? I think that you said that the system will be good for two programmes further down the line. How will all that work?



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Colin Beattie

The point that I was moving towards is whether there is any way to save costs by sharing with others.



Public Audit Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Colin Beattie

Is it true to say that every country in the EU will individually develop a system to cope with the issues? That seems remarkably inefficient.

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S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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