More States Accounts: Woops!

This is what the front cover of the States accounts looks like. Click on it, and you can see for yourself...
This is what the front cover of the States accounts looks like. Click on it, and you can see for yourself…

JERSEY C.I. – Financial reports contain so much more than numbers.

Often, they also contain priceless gems, buried away in the notes.

So instead of boring everyone with figures, this week’s take on the States of Jersey 2015 accounts will be all about words.

No analysis. No maths. Just straight plagiarism.

Apart from anything, it’s quick and I’m busy.

If you want a look for yourself, check out pages 91 to 100


INAPPROPRIATE

Interim staff whose annual cost exceeded £100,000 were appointed without following the prescribed recruitment process, including the requirement for States Employment Board approval. [Risk that] inappropriate interim appointments may have been made.


DUPLICATE

Following the identification of a duplicate payment in excess of £1 million, Internal Audit undertook a review. Funds were immediately recovered.


CASH

In 2014, a grant had been approved even though the recipient had cash balances in excess of £1 million.


CHILDREN

Between 2010 and 2015, 15 serious case reviews (SCRs) have been commissioned in total and 12 of them relate to children.

The first serious case review, produced in 2010, has resulted in a substantial civil liability quantified in 2015 for many millions of pounds by States of Jersey insurers.

The outcome of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry is likley to lead to changes in the systems and procedures to safeguard and protect vulnerable children, including potential legislative and other changes.

There is a risk of significant cost to the States of Jersey both financially and in terms of resources to deal with these cases. In addition, there is a reputational risk both to the States of Jersey and the island as a whole.


LOANS

An internal audit report commissioned by the chief officer was not able to confirm that appropriate or sufficient due diligence had been carried out on loans that had been proposed to the minister and subsequently made to third parties… [risk that] loans may be made to inappropriate third parties.


TRAVEL

The approved corporate travel provider was not always used in booking flights and accommodation. Concerns were raised in public over the level and cost of travel and accommodation in 2016 and a review is being carried out.

(Watch this space. Scrutiny heard this week that sometimes the ‘approved provider’ is not used for good reason, unless you’re going to Cape Town – MW)


FRUITLESS

And finally….what on earth is this?

Fruitless? I'm clueless...
Fruitless? I’m Clueless…

Next week, more maths…

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