According to the Post, the interim report is directly critical of the council's former chief executive, Doug Hale, and finance director John Smith. It holds the latter responsible for failing to carry out 'checks and balances which should have safeguarded the council'. The Post calls the report's 31 recommendations to prevent similar mistakes from happening 'radical'.
At a press conference yesterday Malcolm Glover, Doncaster's new leader, said that his was 'the most difficult job in Britain at the moment', but insisted the vast majority of members and officers worked hard to deliver excellent services to local ratepayers.
He is quoted: 'I believe this report and its proposals will help us to take the necessary steps required to repair our image and move forward. The inquiry has revealed shortcomings in a number of areas and it is now up to both members and officers to ensure the report's findings are acted upon, monitored and reviewed.'