Since I found out that the Mayor paid for the Londoner by taxing the “GLA family” (see previous post) I have been chasing the poor old family to explain why this spending is not prominently explained in their own annual reports. I have had the first of three responses from TfL today.
I challenged them to explain their spending on advertising and how giving £1.5 million to the Mayor for the Londoner fitted into that. In their last set of published figures TfL said that they only spent £5.2 million on publicity. Their letter says that the real figure is £78 million. It appears that their voluntary declaration of publicity spending is designed to deceive rather than to inform.
I have passed the correspondence on to Richard Barnes, the Assembly Member for Ealing and Hillingdon.