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NORTH LANARKSHIRE COUNCIL OFFICIALS FACE HEARING OVER DLO DEFICIT

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Three council officals at North Lanarkshire Council are to face disciplinary action after the loss of£4.6m from th...
Three council officals at North Lanarkshire Council are to face disciplinary action after the loss of£4.6m from the authority's direct labour organisation, reports The Scotsman (p5).

Graham Forsyth, head of constructions services, Ken MacLeod, head of building and roads, and Iain Macdonald, head of operations support, will appear before a hearing chaired by John O'Hagan, acting chief executive.

A council spokesman said the action follows an investigation into council officers after the DLO deficit was uncovered in May this year. Officials running the DLO have since been heavily criticised in a report compiled by the accountants Price Waterhouse Coopers for the Accounts Commission.

Donald Dewar, the Scottish secretary, is set to close the DLO next May unless the authority can draw up a viable rescue package.

Local Labour MP Tom Clarke said: 'The council, myself and the unions are obviously anxious to save as many jobs as possible.'
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