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Since mid-August, keen club Chairs and Treasurers alike have been questioning members of staff in SAC as to the whereabouts of the finance manual. Having received no finite publication time, several diligent officers have returned on a regular basis to check for its arrival, but to no avail.
When challenged, Deputy President (Finance and Services) Chris Larvin explains that the manual needs a major overhaul from last year with many updated sections. The preceding DPFS, however, completed almost a whole rewrite of the finance manual and had it published by the end of August. The lack of the manual is especially concerning if it did, in fact, require substantial updating - club officers who received training last year have not been required to attend a further session this year, meaning they have no idea of what these updates may be.
Larvin also failed to make a note of his 'progress' in his report to Council on Monday night. When questioned light-heartedly by the President his grinned reply was that it would be available on Friday. What is most astonishing is that a weak Council accepted his report and seemed completely oblivious to this omission. It is unknown if his report contains two thousand pounds worth of work (the cost to the union of the DPFS so far), the current benchmark for the rejection of papers at Council.
Perhaps it would be prudent to constitutionally mandate the DPFS to produce the manual before the start of the year?