Published: 31 August, 2012
• THE Dispatches documentary has put in place the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle as to why Islington Council employed contractors that had been fined millions of pounds by the Office of Fair Trading for price rigging.
The answer seems to suggest that it would receive 30 pieces of silver in the form of profit-sharing made off the backs of tenants and leaseholders through their rents and service charges. The council had a vested interest in overcharging by contractors.
The more they charged, the bigger the profit, which reached £24million – half going to the council and none returned to the contributors, who feel let down by our councillors.
The Labour-controlled council has tried to distance itself from such practices but it still supports contractors found to have overcharged tenants and leaseholders by the Leaseholders Valuation Tribunal and the Land Registry Office.
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