Last week, Boris Johnson told MPs that he personally paid for the redecoration of his Downing Street flat amid Electoral Commission claims there were “reasonable grounds” to suspect that an offence or offences may have occurred following an assessment of the funding of work at 11 Downing Street.
UK Cabinet Secretary Simon Case was in the dark about Boris Johnson’s plans for a charity to take charge of renovating the prime minister’s Downing Street flat, The Times reported on Wednesday.
The newspaper cited an unnamed Cabinet Office spokesperson as confirming that Britain’s most senior civil servant knew nothing about the matter until UK newspapers disclosed the planned trust in February.
“The cabinet secretary only became aware of the trust in late February. He met Lord Powell and Baroness Jay on 11 March to discuss the facts around the trust. They did not discuss matters relating to historic funding”, the spokesperson argued.
They claimed that other civil servants had been in the know about the trust, adding, “cabinet office officials have been engaged and informed throughout and official advice has been followed”.