City Hall plans credit card crackdown


New restrictions on corporate credit cards

Tough new checks on corporate credit cards held by officials at London's City Hall have been proposed.

The Business Management and Administration Committee (BMac) said that check-ups on expenses should be enforced in order to ensure proper use of the cards.

The move follows the resignation in June of then-deputy mayor Ian Clement, after inappropriate claims on his corporate card came to light. Personal expenses including meals out were found to have been put on the card.

Commenting on the new proposals, BMac chair Jennette Arnold said that Clement's actions had caused damage to the "reputation of the whole authority".

She added: "It is vital that City Hall has robust systems in place so that the public can have confidence that Greater London Authority expense claims are genuine and reasonable, as the vast majority are."

Under the planned "random testing" regime, individual credit card claims would be picked up by staff and assembly members and then checked to see whether or not they were appropriate.

Mr Clement, a former member of Bexley council, is facing five charges under the Fraud Act and appears before City of Westminster magistrates today.ADNFCR-2308-ID-19350689-ADNFCR

Published: 10 September 2009