Friday, February 24, 2012

Hassan Ahmed: Conflicting Interests

Hassan Ahmed (Labour)

Senior Labour city councillor Hassan Ahmed took part in a decision to award a contract worth £500,000 of public money to a company where he was director and chairman, the District Auditor has concluded.

An investigation into Nottingham City Council's Future Jobs Fund by the auditor, Sue Sunderland, has concluded Hassan Ahmed, the councillor responsible for the scheme, should have told officers about his links with the company, the First Enterprise Business Agency (FEBA).

He should also not have participated in discussions about its funding.

Mr Ahmed has denied he was involved in any decision to give money to FEBA, but the auditor Sue Sunderland believes he "was actively involved in that decision".

She said his participation in discussions may have left him in breach of the council's code of conduct.

Members of the council's Standards Committee are now considering whether they should investigate.

Mr Ahmed has been a director of FEBA, a business support organisation, since it was first registered in 1993. He is also its chairman.

FEBA was awarded 50 job placements under the Future Jobs Fund scheme, each placement attracting funding of approximately £10,000 to cover wages, costs, as well as training and support.

Zultra's Notes: Don't forget there are many more like him that aren't reported, if your local cllr is putting his/her interests ahead of the local communities, contact me so I can expose them.

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