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‘Release full version of Public Trustee £300,000 spend audit’

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AN INTERNAL audit into the Public Trustee matter that led to former Economic Development president Peter Ferbrache’s resignation ‘should be released in full’.

Former Economic Development president Peter Ferbrache. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 20542550)

That is the view of Deputy Ferbrache and Scrutiny Management Committee president Chris Green after only a summary of the internal review was put into the public domain.

It indicated the need to address how the Public Trustee system works and is monitored after the office accrued a £300,000 bill with law firm Ferbrache & Farrell, for whom Deputy Ferbrache is a consultant.

The decision to withhold the report has been attributed to ongoing legal proceedings.

Deputy Ferbrache stepped down from Economic Development in November after being confronted about a perceived conflict of interest, but has always denied any wrongdoing.

Now that the audit has shown that he did not breach the States members’ code of conduct, Deputy Ferbrache said it was time to properly look at how the situation had been handled.

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