North Lancashire Council suspends staff amid corruption investigation

North Lanarkshire Council has suspended three members of staff amid an ongoing investigation into corruption claims.

An investigation was launched in April after an anonymous letter sent containing ‘serious allegations of corruption’ regarding the council’s procurement processes.

The staff were from the council’s Corporate Property and Procurement and were suspended on full pay without an internal audit investigation.

A full disciplinary investigation will now take place.

Paul Jukes, North Lanarkshire Council chief executive, said: "I received an extensive report from internal audit last Friday (September 30).

"Having considered the report, I have taken the decision to suspend three members of staff from Corporate Property and Procurement on full pay to allow for a disciplinary investigation to take place.

"The council will have no further comment to make while this disciplinary investigation is carried out."