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Governance and financial management at Moray ... - Audit Scotland

Governance and financial management at Moray ... - Audit Scotland

1.6 In the academic year

1.6 In the academic year 1999-2000 the college had some 5,000 students, 25 per centof whom were over 21. In the financial year August 2000 to July 2001, SFEFCallocated the college grant in aid funding of £5.2 million in support of itsactivities, representing some 70 per cent of total projected income for the collegefor the year.Concerns over governance and financial management atMoray College1.7 In February 2001 the chief executive and accountable officer of SFEFC reportedon a number of issues relating to governance and financial management atMoray College which he suggested should be of serious concern to the SFEFCCouncil. The college’s financial position, which had been deteriorating over anumber of years, had worsened significantly during the 2000/01 financial yearbut the college had not produced a robust financial recovery plan. The collegealso has much to do to improve its governance arrangements to comply withthe good practice SFEFC had set for colleges in its Financial Memorandum andCode of Audit Practice. Many of these weaknesses had been evident sinceallegations of misconduct at the college had been investigated in 1998 and 1999.1.8 The concerns highlighted to the SFEFC Council indicated significant weaknessesin governance and financial management within the college. One purpose ofmy report is to record these weaknesses and the action that has been taken or isplanned to overcome them. Secondly, my report raises issues for the college, forSFEFC and for governance and accountability in the FE sector as a whole.These issues arise because progress to resolve the weaknesses at the college hasbeen too slow although SFEFC was diligent in pursuing matters within itsexisting powers.Methodology1.9 This report is based on a review of relevant papers prepared by SFEFC and onSFEFC’s findings in each of the areas under examination. The conclusionscontained in this report take into account recommendations and observationsmade in the Second and Fourth Reports of the Committee on Standards inPublic Life (the Nolan Committee – Appendix 1).Governance and financial management at Moray College 9

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