Thursday, 23 February 2012
Rotten Boroughs : Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets Councillor Shelina Akhtar who represented Spitalfields and Banglatown, has been sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court after she admitted three counts of failing to notify a change of circumstances with regards to housing benefits for a rented property.
She dishonestly claimed housing and council tax benefit on a rented property.
She ignored calls for her resignation and the council could do nothing to remove her until after sentencing - which has now taken place. She is, however, still there.
A spokeswoman for the Council said: "Due to the length of the custodial sentence Shelina Akhtar will be automatically disqualified from holding office as a councillor under section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972, but that disqualification does not take effect until the opportunity for appeal has expired which is 28 days after sentence."
Seems you cannot expect even thieves to behave honourably these days...