Recruitment at Sheffield NDC "flawed", say auditors

An investigation has called into question the tendering and recruitment processes used by a New Deal for Communities (NDC) partnership in Sheffield.

The review, carried out by internal auditors at Sheffield City Council, criticised Burngreave New Deal for Communities (BNDfC) for recruiting Bill Husband as interim deputy chief executive after he had already been dismissed for gross misconduct in 2006 while employed at a similar body in north-west London.

Bill Husband was sacked by the London Borough of Brent from his role as deputy chief executive of South Kilburn NDC after being found guilty, along with the then-chief executive Jack Davies, of living rent free in property loaned to the partnership.

The recruitment of Husband, who worked as BNDfC's interim deputy chief executive between July and December 2007, was identified as "flawed" by the auditors.

The leader of Sheffield City Council, Paul Scriven, is now threatening to withhold funding from the partnership, according to local press reports.

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