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Saturday, 22 July 2006 

To: Kathryn Worsey Welsh Assembly Higher Education and HEFCW Observer
Dale Hall Clerk to HEFCW 

Cc: Mark Williams MP 

Re: Saturday, 22 July 2006 

To: Kathryn Worsey Welsh Assembly Higher Education and HEFCW Observer
Dale Hall Clerk to HEFCW 

Cc: Mark Williams MP 

Re: Higher Education Finance. 

Last year the Welsh Assembly asked the people of Wales for addition funding for higher education. At the same time it was passing an Act known as the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2005 which relates to the first issue in two ways.

It specifically prevents the people of Wales for making any question or challenge as to how that money is spent and I have letter from the Auditor General for Wales confirming this as fact.

Therefore staff and office bearers at Welsh Universities can help themselves to tens of thousands to defend themselves against any complaint of wrong doing and threaten legal action to prevent accountability in the knowledge that it will all be paid for them. Whereas other public officials and complaining students have to finance their own personal expenses for what is clearly a personal liability. Yes there are Auditors but they seem to take the moral lead shown by the Assembly and if they can get away with it what’s the problem?

During the first week while I was a student at Lampeter £10,000 worth of projector was stolen and given the moral leadership of the Welsh Assembly somebody obviously though they would help themselves to their share of the action before they were falsely accused of plagiarism.

Do you have any figures for the amount it costs Welsh Universities for theft, vandalism and graffiti etc each year? And if not why not?

Do you have any figures on the amount of public funds Welsh Universities spent on defending staff for personal liabilities?

The second issue is that this legislation repealed the Local Government Act 2000 and removed the power of the Auditor General for Wales to take over the running of a higher education institution in circumstances of financial mismanagement.

Why was this? Was it to close a loophole allowing some form of intervention?

The reason why there is no financial control over how Welsh Universities spend our money is because the Welsh Assembly decided there were not going to be any. Under the circumstances I must tell you that I find you letter of the 26th of January 2005 and you response to this entire issue somewhat disingenuous.

Do you intend to publicise these issues to the people of Wales in the same way other issues are publicised so they know what is going on? It might be useful next time the Assembly asks for more money. 

Why is it that the people of Wales are not allowed to question and complain about the way in which our money is spent on higher education? Is it because we are not good enough? Or is it because Universities are ultimately regulated by the Privy Council? In which case, is it an extension of the Royal Prerogative and Crown Immunity keeping the serfs in their place or the worse sort of low life in a job? 

In keeping with the standards associated with a 21st century democracy, does the Assembly have any plans to amend this legislation to allow the people of Wales to have a say in how their money is spent? 

Lastly do you intend to bring this to the attention of the Audit Committee?. 

Last year the Welsh Assembly asked the people of Wales for addition funding for higher education. At the same time it was passing an Act known as the Public Audit (Wales) Act 2005 which relates to the first issue in two ways.

It specifically prevents the people of Wales for making any question or challenge as to how that money is spent and I have letter from the Auditor General for Wales confirming this as fact.

Therefore staff and office bearers at Welsh Universities can help themselves to tens of thousands to defend themselves against any complaint of wrong doing and threaten legal action to prevent accountability in the knowledge that it will all be paid for them. Whereas other public officials and complaining students have to finance their own personal expenses for what is clearly a personal liability. Yes there are Auditors but they seem to take the moral lead shown by the Assembly and if they can get away with it what’s the problem?

During the first week while I was a student at Lampeter £10,000 worth of projector was stolen and given the moral leadership of the Welsh Assembly somebody obviously though they would help themselves to their share of the action before they were falsely accused of plagiarism.

Do you have any figures for the amount it costs Welsh Universities for theft, vandalism and graffiti etc each year? And if not why not?

Do you have any figures on the amount of public funds Welsh Universities spent on defending staff for personal liabilities?

The second issue is that this legislation repealed the Local Government Act 2000 and removed the power of the Auditor General for Wales to take over the running of a higher education institution in circumstances of financial mismanagement.

Why was this? Was it to close a loophole allowing some form of intervention?

The reason why there is no financial control over how Welsh Universities spend our money is because the Welsh Assembly decided there were not going to be any. Under the circumstances I must tell you that I find you letter of the 26th of January 2005 and you response to this entire issue somewhat disingenuous.

Do you intend to publicise these issues to the people of Wales in the same way other issues are publicised so they know what is going on? It might be useful next time the Assembly asks for more money. 

Why is it that the people of Wales are not allowed to question and complain about the way in which our money is spent on higher education? Is it because we are not good enough? Or is it because Universities are ultimately regulated by the Privy Council? In which case, is it an extension of the Royal Prerogative and Crown Immunity keeping the serfs in their place or the worse sort of low life in a job? 

In keeping with the standards associated with a 21st century democracy, does the Assembly have any plans to amend this legislation to allow the people of Wales to have a say in how their money is spent? 

Lastly do you intend to bring this to the attention of the Audit Committee?

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