Boris Johnson spent almost £20,000 on new offices and furniture for a man whose job isn't even now required at City Hall.
Leo Boland who is set for a £300k pay off, moved offices twice, costing almost £10,000 in furniture and over £9,000 in labour.
According to a breakdown provided to the Labour group on the London Assembly:
- £9,698 was spent on new furniture
- £7,000 on mechanical and electrical works
- £2,035 on contract labour
- £325 on fixtures and fittings
Costs included the conversion of a fifth floor photocopying room and "substantial works to redirect the air extraction unit."
No explanation is given for the inadequacy of the room and furniture used by Boland's predecessor Antony Mayer.
Explaining his decision to delete Boland's job at City Hall, Boris Johnson told staff that:
We need to ensure that we put every penny we can into making this great city even greater, and that means taking decisive action where we can to reduce unnecessary costs.
Perhaps you should have taken that "decisive action" a little sooner eh Boris?