Case 1 – Watergate
CEC Settle prior to court:
£521.13 refunded by City of Edinburgh Council on 14 May 2014
This case centered around the mysterious inclusion within the Final Account of an unsubstantiated separate Lump Sum of £1925.00 for water usage in respect of the render.
No such sum was evident in the original quotation. Having raised the action to have this sum refunded, CEC via their Lawyers, refused to accept that this was indeed an incorrect charge and continued (at great expense to Edinburgh Council Tax payers) to defend the indefensible.
Delay tactic followed delay tactic but as the date for the court appearance loomed CEC conceded and we were awarded our claim in full.
NO EXPLANATION WAS EVER GIVEN AS TO HOW THIS CHARGE WAS ALLOWED TO BE PASSED BY AN EXTERNAL CONSULTANT WITHIN THE FINAL ACCOUNT AND THERE WAS NEVER ANY APOLOGY TENDERED FOR THE WRONGFUL CHARGE.
The other point here is that Action were paid in full for this unsubstantiated charge and the unanswered question must be “was this sum slipped in as an irregular payment to pay for some shady deal/arrangement in the hope that it would be easy to conceal and that it would be unlikely to be uncovered?”- In short was this sum introduced to the Final Account as a cover for fraudulent payment – I leave you to draw your own conclusion.