FOR the third year in a row, Labour Councillors running Enfield Council have failed to file the council’s accounts on time – resulting in another fine of £100,000 in the already cash-strapped London borough.
Labour Cllr Mary Maguire, Enfield’s Cabinet member for finance and procurement, is facing renewed calls to resign, after she and her colleagues yet again not only cost the taxpayer the astronomical fine, but also didn’t even bother showing up to a committee meeting to face questions on the accounts, which are now months overdue.
The Tories called on Cllr Maguire to step down in November after learning the accounts would be late for the third year in a row. At last Thursday’s general purposes committee, it was revealed the 2019-20 accounts have still not been fully audited – costing the council an extra £100,000 in fees.
Despite the urgency to submit the already late accounts, Maguire has been caught choosing to ignore her responsibilities and head-out to campaign for the Labour Party for the upcoming local elections.
Tory leader Cllr Joanne Laban said: “The fact that the cabinet member for finance could not be bothered to turn up to be held to account for her department’s failings really shows this Labour administration’s arrogance, because quite frankly she should resign for this appalling record.”
Shockingly, despite the council haemorrhaging cash due to the failure’s of its Labour cabinet, during the pandemic, Labour councillors in Enfield voted to give themselves up to a £7,608 pay-rise.