Boris Johnson's 'transition team' of spinners and fixers are being paid an astonishing £465,000 to settle him into the job.
In a written response to a question by Darren Johnson, Boris last week refused to reveal how much the public are paying for his team of PR professionals, ex campaign team members and ex Consevative HQ officials.
But in a statement sneaked out in a report to the Business Management and Administration Committee, Team Boris admit that costs for transiton are 'not expected to exceed £425,000'.
However when contacted by the Evening Standard, the Mayor's office then said that the costs would actually more likely be in the range of £465,000. A discrepancy of some £40,000. There has been no indication where this extra money has gone.
This cost, is also roughly 70% as large as the yearly cost of Boris's permanent deputies and advisors. Unlike these advisors however, some of the transition team are only expected to be in the job for just one month. Putting the cost of Boris's temporary spinners and fixers at a proportionately much higher rate.
There is also still no indication of precisely what role each transition member currently has in City Hall. But whatever it is, it is certainly paying them well.
-AFTERNOON UPDATE- Labour Assembly Member John Biggs said in response to this story:
"The Mayor made a great play of being and open and transparent from day one but this is the latest incident to cast real doubt on this promise... All the Mayor has revealed so far is that his Tory consultants are costing Londoners half a million pounds and some are being paid an equivalent of over £300k a year. I'm not sure how this represents tax payer value for money."
The Troll's not too sure either. Over to you then Boris.