Search

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman slammed for £7,675 cab bill

12:48 26 February 2013

Cabinet members of Tower Hamlets cash-strapped administration have been slammed this week for splashing out £7,675 in cab fares in just six months instead of using public transport.

The 246 rides were “charged to council taxpayers” by Mayor Lutfur Rahman and his cabinet between 2011 and 2012, according to Freedom of Information data obtained yesterday by Tory Opposition councillors.

The Conservatives intend challenging the Mayor at tomorrow night’s council budget meeting—accusing him of “squandering public funds” when the authority faces £100 million spending cuts.

Tory Group Leader Peter Golds said: “Rahman’s administration misuses public money on an industrial scale.

“These trips were made when there was abundant public transport, yet these people attend meetings leaving a taxi meter ticking over.”

The mayor took 85 cabs in six months costing £2,789, he pointed out.

Cabinet members on the list were Oliur Rahman clocking up £1,841 for 67 cabs including 39 between Stratford Job Centre where he works and the Town Hall, Ohid Ahmed’s 39 trips costing £1,481, Rabina Khan’s 32 rides at £958, Rania Khan’s 16 trips totalling £408 and Abdul Asad’s five taxis at £97.

Worst month was March, 2011, say the Tories, when 15 journeys were made costing £1,116, and 10 trips to Channel S TV studios in Walthamstow, six miles outside the borough.

Cllr Oliur Rahman hit back saying: “I have to hold down a fulltime job, provide service to residents and only used taxis when absolutely necessary—I’m not here to waste public money.”

He has since bought a car and says he doesn’t ask for petrol money.

Requests for taxis for cabinet members have to be agreed by the Head of the Mayor’s Office, the Town Hall confirmed.

A spokesman said: “The Council will pay for a taxi if public transport is not available, or inappropriate such as late at night or impractical due to urgency to get from one engagement to another in time.”

The Tories, however, are to refer the taxi spending to the District Auditor and have raised it with the Secretary of State.

Latest East London News Stories

07:00
Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs

The rise in racist incidents in the wake of last Thursday’s shock EU exit referendum result is now worrying Town Hall bosses in the heartland of London’s East End with its high ratio of immigrants.

Yesterday, 13:05
Floral narrowboat at Regent's Canal festival

The sun came out for hundreds of people celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Regent’s Canal in east London.

Yesterday, 12:00
Buxton Street in Spitalfields... ready to create

Plans for more green spaces in the condensed inner city neighbourhoods of London’s East End have been given a £1 million boost by local Town Hall bosses.

Yesterday, 07:00
Prime Minister meets Milly Finger, just turned 99 [photos: Blacke Ezra]

The Prime Minister took time off just days before the EU Referendum to meet a pensioner in London’s East End who has just turned 99.

Mon, 18:03
Little Lennon in plea for stem cell donor to save his life

Tiny Lennon Goulart-Williamson is just three years old—but desperately needs a matching donor to save his young life.

Mon, 17:01
Construction workers lend a hand making Weavers Field plaground safe

Housing developers have been making a children’s adventure playground safe in London’s East End by replacing ageing and worn-out equipment in a playpark that’s been in constant use for more than 40 years.

Mon, 13:40
Tower Hamlets Council

New surgeries and existing practices wanting to expand to meet local demand for GP services are getting £12 million from the Town Hall to help meet the crisis of the rocketing population in London’s East End.

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Volunteers at the Isle of Dogs cleaning up ther Thames opposite Greenwich

Plastic rubbish dumped in the river is destroying marine life in the Thames, an east London MP has warned.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe