Spending files released by Cotswold District Council after months of delay have revealed that Tory councillors are breaking party rules by having their subscriptions to a political organisation channelled through the council.
CDC paid £750 to the Conservative Councillors Association on behalf of 25 Conservative councillors who each had their £30 annual subscriptions deducted from their council allowances.
This is in direct contravention of guidelines sent out by Conservative Deputy Chairman Bob Neill MP banning the practice on the grounds that it gives the wrong impression to taxpayers.
The information only came to light after CDC belatedly posted three months data on its website despite instructions to all councils from Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, to publish no later than 30 days after the end of each month.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Churn Valley), leader of the council’s Liberal Democrat opposition, said; “The principle that council officers must be seen . . . → Read More: Tory funds channelled through CDC – call on council to stop processing Conservative association subscriptions