oris Johnson has reportedly kept his top official in the dark about plans for a charity to take charge of renovating his Downing Street apartment.
Simon Case only learned of the plans at the end of February, after an article was published about the Prime Minister’s difficulty in funding the renovation, the Times reported.
Mr. Case, who was appointed cabinet secretary last September, now plays a key role in managing the impact of the renovation.
Mr Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings said last month he told the Prime Minister his plans “almost certainly break the rules” on the disclosure of donations.
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A Cabinet Office spokesperson confirmed that the official was not told about the plan until newspapers found out.
“The cabinet secretary only learned about the trust at the end of February,” the spokesperson told The Times.
The spokesperson, however, said other officials were aware of the trust, saying: “Cabinet officials have been engaged and briefed throughout and official advice has been followed.”
Case is in the process of reviewing the arrangements. It will feed into another review by Lord Geidt, the independent adviser on ministers’ interests.