"Boris Johnson acted on his promise to deliver open government for London when he published full details of his advisers and their salaries. A complete list of “team Boris” - including brief biographies and interests was released on the Mayor’s website in the interests of transparency. The move aimed to draw a line under the secrecy of the Ken Livingstone era, when information about the Mayor’s inner circle was kept away from the press and public. By contrast and in a possible hostage to fortune, Mr Johnson is determined to show in his first weeks in office that he will hide nothing."
"The Business Management and Administration Committee (BMAC) has demanded answers to a series of questions about the role, responsibilities and rewards of mayoral staff, including:
- The cost and length of appointment of each of the 15 ‘transition team consultants’ contracted to support the Mayor.
- The legality of the procedures used to appoint permanent mayoral advisers
- The decision making responsibilities of the mayor’s permanently appointed advisers
- The role of mayoral advisers in directly managing non-political staff
- How mayoral advisers will operate within the structure of the Greater London Authority
- The precise nature and responsibilities, including any staff management role, of the GLA Group Chief Executive
Chair of the Business Management and Administration Committee AC Darren Johnson AM said:
“The Mayor’s manifesto promised to ‘end the culture of cronyism at City Hall’ by introducing more professional, transparent government. But one month into his administration, both clarity and transparency are sadly lacking when it comes to information about the appointment of people the Mayor is entrusting with significant responsibility for running London. We are determined to lift the fog of confusion surrounding the appointment of the Mayor’s closest advisers.”
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