More South Somerset revelations
Last Monday we published the first of a series of articles looking at corruption in South Somerset District Council. The initial article can be read here: https://leveller.live/2021/12/13/south-somerset-secrets-exposed/
In response SSDC issued a long statement. Amongst the claims made in it were the following words: “These allegations were investigated fully and independently, and we can confirm that the two officers involved are no longer part of the organisation. This was a complex and difficult investigation. We thank all those involved for their diligence, and also express our thanks to all colleagues who have participated in the process. This has been kept confidential to date to ensure that the appropriate evidence was gathered and any disciplinary proceedings resulting from the investigations were fair and legal.”
Anyone reading this might conclude that all allegations have been investigated. In short that the job is done. SSDC would like you to believe this case is about two bad apples. But anyone who has ever kept a barrel of fruit will know it is rarely that simple. Bad apples usually infect those that lie in the barrel around them.
And so it is the same in this instance.
We have seen some of the allegations that have not been investigated. They involve other members of the council as well as elected members.
We will be publishing more of the allegations that have not been investigated in our 15 January edition.
Meanwhile we await confirmation that SSDC will launch an independent investigation into the authority. Tax payers are surely entitled to a much higher level of probity and honest communication from their local authorities.