Housing favouritism claims lead to probe at Midlothian Council

Allegations of favouritism have led Midlothian Council to admit failures in its housing allocations policy.

The product of an internal audit investigation, a report was put before the council’s Audit Committee last week.

It followed complaints about unfairness in the process because of links between members of staff or elected members and applicants.

The audit scrutinised a sample of 30 housing allocations and tested whether or not these were processed in accordance with relevant policies and procedures.

It also looked for evidence of any favouritism to these applicants or applicants being denied property where they had made previous complaints.

Its findings conclude that “a small number of policy failures were identified”.

Read full story in the December 20 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.