National Dance Company Wales funding probed by auditor general

Most of the dance company funding, more than £850,000, is from Arts Council of Wales

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Funding of National Dance Company Wales is being investigated by a financial watchdog amid concerns about the way the organisation is run.

A confidential report for the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) said the company faced "a crisis in its governance and its management".

The dance company gets the majority of its funding - over £850,000 - from ACW.

Auditor general Huw Vaughan Thomas will examine how ACW has administered its grants to the company.

An ACW spokeswoman said it welcomed scrutiny, while National Dance Company Wales (NDCW) said it was happy to assist the auditor general with his inquiry.

'Unable to function'

Concerns about the management and governance of NDCW were raised in April when BBC Wales obtained a confidential report which was critical about the way the organisation was run.

The independent report, commissioned by ACW in 2013, found that the dance company's board was "unable to function in an appropriate manner".

Andrew Davies Andrew Davies has resisted calls to resign as chair of NDCW

Former board member Christine Lewis called for NDCW chair Andrew Davies to resign in the wake of the revelations.

Mr Davies said he would stay with the company while it recruited new board members and senior staff in the autumn.

Earlier in 2014, NDCW received an additional £40,000 from the ACW to assist with its reorganisation.

'Value for money'

Wales Audit Office's auditor general does not have a remit to audit the dance company itself, but he can investigate how the ACW administers its grants to the organisations it funds.

Plaid Cymru AM Bethan Jenkins asked the auditor general to investigate the National Dance Company Wales

In a statement, ACW said: "The auditor general regularly examines the arts council's work, including its grant-giving. As a public body we welcome this scrutiny and will be happy to provide the auditor general with whatever information he requires."

Plaid Cymru AM Bethan Jenkins, who had called on the auditor general to investigate, said: "It is vital that the people of Wales understand that they get value for money from public organisations."

In a statement, NDCW, which is based at the Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff, said: "We understand that the Wales Audit Office is looking at the administration of grants by the Arts Council of Wales.

"While we are happy to assist where our input is requested, we do not consider this to be a matter for us and therefore have no further comment to make."

The auditor general is expected to publish his preliminary findings in the autumn.

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