.......City Building – previously a department of the local authority – allowed salaries for senior managers, some closely associated with the Labour Party, to balloon after it became a much-feted "arms-length" company wholly owned by the public......
.....Scotland on Sunday has learned that City Building executives:
*allowed the wage bill for senior staff to more than double from at least £730,000 in 2007 to at least £1.5m in 2009, in the first two full years of nominal independence from the council;
*approved a vehicle leasing scheme that allowed executives to rent luxury cars, including Mercedes Benz, from the business;
*spent nearly £20,000 in a single year on 18 dinner events, 11 of which were attended by Labour councillors;
*took a table at the cost of £2,000 at a Labour Party fundraiser, where it entertained senior Labour figures, including Scottish leader Iain Gray and his wife, despite long-standing conventions that public bodies do not make contributions to political parties.
*agreed a salary hike from at least £110,000 to at least £140,000 for Docherty.
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