Lambeth Labour councillors gave £67,250 of their allowances / salaries – which are paid for by the borough’s ratepayers – to the Lambeth Labour group campaign fund during the financial year 2017-18, we can exclusively reveal.
A Freedom of Information request by News From Crystal Palace – answered only after we had asked for an internal review against the initial refusal – shows figures of more than £5,000 were paid into the fund each month.
Our FOI request followed the discovery by Peoples Audit Lambeth of the secret payments which they only uncovered following what appears to have been a clerical error within Lambeth council.
We asked: How much money was paid via Lambeth council to the Lambeth Labour group campaign fund during the financial year 2017-2018?
Somewhat bizarrely the figures – which range from payments of £5,705 in April, May and June 2017 reducing to payments of 5,525.00 in the last seven months of the financial year but with a payment of £ 5,935.00 on August 15th 2017 are preceded by the following comment from Lambeth’s FOI team:
“It is standard practice across the country for councillors from most parties to pay subscriptions to their party groups, to help fund activity including administrative staff, professional training, etc.
“A number of parties recommend that their councillors pay such contributions as a donation of a proportion of their allowance. “This is usually deducted by councils at source, as a percentage from councillors’ allowances.”
Further reading: RATEPAYERS MONEY INDIRECTLY FUNDING LAMBETH LABOUR……..May 30th 2018