A gay and lesbian centre is facing closure over financial irregularities.
An audit at Glasgow’s Castro Centre revealed non-payment of staff tax and national insurance, excessive mobile phone bills and bills to a gaming firm.
The centre, headed by an ally of former council chief Steven Purcell, is on the brink of closure over financial irregularities.
The Castro Centre in Bell Street, Glasgow, headed by councillor Ruth Black, is expected to shut within a week over concerns that staff wages have been deducted yet no tax paid. It follows information passed to Glasgow City Council by a whistleblower.
Ruth Black? That name rings a bell. Let me think....
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A group pulled together by Black – who left Tommy Sheridan’s Solidarity to join Labour – secured £50,000 to run the centre last October, despite not being a fully set-up organisation. She had run a previous incarnation of the centre, but quit in December 2007.
The centre went bust at the end of last year with outstanding debts of more than £300,000.
Fifty grand? Of tax payers money? Lovely Jubbly.
Last night, asked about the new allegations, Ms Black said: “There are no irregularities.”
Yeah, if you say so love...
West of Scotland socialism. Isn't it brilliant?