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Dorset waste director sacked after appeal

The director of Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP), responsible for the organisation when it overspent significantly because of lax financial controls and poor procurement practices, has lost his appeal against dismissal.

Steve Burdis was suspended in March 2015 when the council members of the partnership faced a £2.8m deficit for the 2014-15 financial year.

The DWP has now confirmed that Burdis has lost his job, following a decision by its appeal panel held on 8 March.

A DWP statement said: “Mr Burdis’ appeal was dismissed by the panel. The council’s disciplinary and appeal procedures have now been concluded.

“Interim arrangements around the DWP’s senior management team will remain in place until a successor has been appointed.”

In March 2015, a report prepared by the technical consultancy WYG found there had been “precious little evidence of robust processes to manage finances within the business”.

The report said the partnership’s troubles arose largely from a decision to hire waste disposal vehicles for which there was no budget and which were found to be inappropriate for some of the tasks required.

WYG also said it had been unable to find any process for routinely reporting or measuring the amount of overtime worked each week.

The DWP also faces an overspend in the current financial year of an estimated £301,000.

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