Cllr Thomas Loughbrough-Rudd
Cllr Thomas Loughbrough-Rudd

Police have been asked to investigate funding awarded to a Burntwood councillor.

Staffordshire County Council confirmed it had reported the issue to Staffordshire Police after completing an internal review into the money given to Cllr Thomas Loughbrough-Rudd’s now dissolved Nature Nuturing Community Interest Company.

Although £924 was handed over to the Burntwood North representative prior to his election for a tree planting scheme at Chasewater, none were ever put in the ground or purchased.

A county council spokesperson said:

“The council has carried out an audit investigation into the application process for grants from the Community Climate Action Fund.

“As a result, one matter has been reported to the police and further checks and balances are to be implemented for future applications.

“As previously stated, arrangements have been made for repayment of grant money obtained not in accordance with the terms and conditions of the fund.“

Staffordshire County Council spokesperson

Cllr Loughbrough-Rudd currently sits as an independent member having quit the Conservatives following the party’s decision to suspend him for six months when concerns were raised over the funding.

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  1. Look forward to seeing what the Audit report has to say about the lack of governance and oversight of the awarding of a grant to a Conservative County Council candidate – and then additional grant money given after he was elected!

    The Cabinet Member at the time and leadership can’t say, à la Johnson: “We didn’t know he was a Conservative Party candidate – even though one of us was his agent and our MP supported his election campaign.”

  2. @Clare Charles : I’m not convinced it was Lichfield Live’s reporting that triggered a police investigation. Otherwise their reporting (and readers opinions) on proposed planning applications would also have some effect – which it doesn’t.

  3. PO: I’d suggest that Lichfield Live played a pretty big part in this reaching the police investigation stage. Don’t forget, they have brought this whole disgrace out into the open and continued to ask the questions when Loughbrough Rudd and his county council chums tried to hide it away. A different council, but LDC planning officers don’t listen to anyone here, in the council chamber or anywhere else most of the time

  4. It’s good that this is now being investigated by the police. Let’s hope it leads to a prosecution as clearly Cllr Loughborough-Rudd despite his assurances to pay it back has not done so to date. I am not sure the comparison between this particular case, which Lichfield Live deserve the credit for, and housing developments in Lichfield is a valid or fair one. Chalk and Cheese as they say.

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