Cardgate – The End?
Today, Thursday was always going to be a very interesting day for Cornwall Council because it might be able to draw a line under the whole debit/credit card fiasco. I know a few staff who have literally gone without sleep trying to make sense of all the figures, invoices and currency conversions. They are to be thanked for doing this work.
No matter what spin the Council puts on it they must take some of the blame for originally releasing these details. The saving grace is the Council did try and clarify the wrong points, but for reasons not known to me these points never made it into the paper.
At the Corporate Resources Scrutiny Committee a lot was said on how misleading the story was in the Daily Telegraph (DT). Also raised was communication to Councillors and how many got ambushed on the morning the story broke. At least if the Councillors had some idea this was going to happen they then might have been able to deal with angry residents.
The result of this is there will be a review on the details sent and how it had so many errors. The Councillors present were told this review would be completed by the end of June. I welcome this and will look forward to the findings of that review.
Hopefully, a lot of lessons will be learnt from this fiasco and I really hope something like this does not happen again. Lets hope this is now put to bed and there will be no further skeletons jumping out of the wardrobe.