Procedures for reviewing applications were not robust enough, says Auditor General
|Report - click here to download the report - Forestry Commission Wales Public Funding of Ffynone and Cilgwyn Woodlands|
A report by the Auditor General for Wales assesses if public funds used to support a workers' co-operative in Pembrokeshire were awarded impartially. It also looks at whether the Forestry Commission Wales (FCW) grant was appropriate and in line with agreed criteria.
The investigation was undertaken in response to concerns raised with the Wales Audit Office by members of the public.
The report found that the award of public money to workers' co-operative, Calon yn Tyfu Cyf (Calon), met the high level grant scheme conditions. But the scheme criteria and procedures for reviewing applications were not sufficiently robust. This increased the risk that people in the community would not be able to participate in decision making about the use of the woodland and that the investment may not be safeguarded for the public purse over time.