NAO highlights irregular RDA payments

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Amyas Morse, the comptroller and auditor general, has qualified his audit opinion on the 2011-12 financial statements of the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) because of irregular ex-gratia payments.

The National Audit Office found that payments totalling £51,000 made to agency staff members were out of policy.

He said: “I recognise that, in total, the sum involved is not substantial, but the payments exceeded a clearly understood pay remit and did not take into account the wider considerations of public sector pay restraint and the specific initiative already in place to reward those individuals considered key to delivering closure of the agency.”

The Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) are expected to be abolished shortly and as such Morse has not made any recommendations.

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