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Mayor attacked for letting officials spend more money

Boris Johnson has been accused of "easing up on his job". Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

London mayor Boris Johnson has been accused of not concentrating on his job after he agreed changes to City Hall's rules which means his officials will be able to spend more money without his approval.

Under the old rules, senior officials had to get mayoral approval if they wished to spend more than £50,000 but the mayor has now agreed to lift the limit to £125,000.

"It is deeply worrying that he is passing on large spending decisions to unelected officials. It begs the question - what is he there for apart from self-promotion?"

– Len Duvall, Labour London Assembly member

However, the decision has been criticised by Len Duvall, the leader of the Labour group on the London Assembly. He accused Mr Johnson of not having his attention on the job and that he was "getting ready to leave City Hall". Mr Duvall believes the change in the rules "raises serious questions about transparency at City Hall".

However, City Hall has argued that the spending threshold had remained at £50,000 since the early days of the Greater London Authority and had not increased in line with inflation. It has also taken responsibility for housing and regeneration decisions which means more spending decisions have to be made. They say the change to the rules will also help clarify who is responsible for making decisions.

The new spending threshold is planned to come in on April 1st.