Thursday, July 1, 2010

Stephen Purcell's pal in bother again...


A corrupt Glasgow councillor, allegedly...



Oh dear.

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....

Of course,

this, this, this and this.


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?

9 comments:

Conan the Librarian™ said...

At least she disnae like the coke.

microdave said...

A CASTRO Centre - WTF????

Bugger said...

After the Castro district in San Francisco or aka Sans Fanny Frisco

Joe Public said...

Do Glasgow's taxpayers also fund a "Straight" centre?

RantinRab said...

I don't think they even knew they were funding a bent centre.

(Did you see what I did there?)

microdave said...

Sorry, I live a sheltered life - I assumed it was named after Fidel Castro...

Anonymous said...

As we are looking to reduce costs it seems that Glasgow City Council would be a really good place to start

Dark Lochnagar said...

A mate of mine was hanging on waiting for £600 for an alarm he put in. He knows several Labour MPS, so it would not surprise me if the sniff of corruption raises it's head again. He got paid BTW.

Anonymous said...

Its a disgrace about this woman and her invovlment with shady gangsters, drugs and being corrupt.
Council better withdraa funding from this centre after all this....and yes, she does like coke, that i do know.