Independent consultant appointed to investigate Lothian Buses situation

The City of Edinburgh Council has appointed an external agency to prepare a report into recent events at Lothian Buses.

As majority shareholder in the transport company, the Council voted at its meeting on Thursday 5 February 2015 to bring forward an independent external report to the Governance, Risk and Best Value Committee in three cycles. 

Professional services firm KPMG has now been appointed and terms of reference will shortly be finalised for their independent review, which will detail the events and City of Edinburgh Council’s involvement in relation to Lothian Buses’ management difficulties.

Council Leader Andrew Burns said: "The Council has acted entirely in accordance with proper governance procedures throughout and we are pleased to have now appointed KPMG, whose report will lay out the facts around recent events at Lothian Buses clearly and conclusively.

"We look forward to receiving the report from KPMG in the coming weeks ahead of its referral to the GRBV Committee. In the meantime, we welcome Tony Depledge's continued work to restore stability and proper governance to Lothian Buses' management." 

According to the motion approved on 5 February at Full Council, the Council, "in the interests of transparency and recognising the Council’s shareholder responsibility, calls for an independent external report to GRBV in three cycles detailing events and Council  involvement since January 2014 in relation to points 2 (a) to (e) of this motion, to include reference to all meetings and decisions taken, accepting that some information may be sensitive or confidential". 

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