Boris Johnson should apologise to Londoners for “failing to fulfil his central election pledge to ‘Restore trust in how City Hall spends our money’” according to City Hall Liberal Democrats.
Mike Tuffrey made the demand as a London Assembly report called for greater checking of expense claims following the misuse of a Greater London Authority credit card by former Mayoral aide Ian Clement
In a report published Tuesday, the Assembly Business Management and Administration Committee calls for “a random testing programme to assess a proportion of expense claims in greater detail each year” and says the GLA website should be updated to provide a summary of what expenses are allowed.
Jennette Arnold AM, Chair of BMAC, said is was “vital” for public confidence “that City Hall has robust systems in place”.
While acknowledging that “the vast majority” of expense claims are legitimate Arnold said: “Incidents such as Ian Clement’s misuse of the corporate credit card undermine the reputation of the whole authority. Our report identifies action that must be taken to ensure that lessons are learnt from this sorry episode and a repeat prevented.”