Fresh data has revealed that London Mayor Sadiq Khan increased his own office budget by 60 percent since his election in 2016.
Figures obtained by London-wide Assembly Member Susan Hall show that £3.8 million was spent on the Mayor’s office in 2015/2016, but after year-on-year increases the amount has now surged to £6 million.
Khan said that the dramatic increase was due in part to the Night Czar, Amy Lamé, being given a fixed-term post within the Mayor’s Office. Lamé has been criticised in the past for posting offensive tweets about prominent Conservative politicians and even the Queen. Questions were raised when her salary more than doubled at the end of last year.
This comes as the overall staff bill at the GLA has rocketed by £9 million since 2016.
The Mayor of London has spent thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money on a lavish beach party, it has emerged.
Under Khan’s chairmanship, the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) spent £200,000 on the Dock Beach event, which took place over the course of this summer.
Tonnes of golden sand transformed Royal Victoria Dock in Newham into an urban beach on the banks of the River Thames.
The event’s website boasts that the free event offered two swimming pools, a ‘sun deck’, film screenings, music evenings and even yoga sessions.
The LEAP was set up to support and lead economic growth and job creation in the capital.