The Aspinall Foundation paid £150k to its chairman's wife for interior design
The figure it paid equates to ten per cent of all donations received last year
The charity that employs Carrie Johnson paid more than £150,000 to its chairman's wife for interior design services last year.
The figure paid by the Aspinall Foundation equates to ten per cent of all donations received from public and corporate donors in 2020.
The organisation and its sister charity the Howletts Wild Animal Trust are already being investigated by the Charity Commission over their spending and financial management.
The Daily Mail revealed in April that watchdogs had launched a probe into payments made to chairman Damian Aspinall and other family members.
This included concerns that £12,500 had been handed to his wife Victoria for interior design services in 2019.
But updated accounts, filed last month, reveal that Mrs Aspinall's fees had gone up 12-fold in 2020 to £150,158.
The foundation insisted her fees had been subject to 'rigorous benchmarking' to ensure it received 'value for money'.
The alleged mismanagement happened before the arrival of the Prime Minister's wife, who took on a senior role at the charity, heading up communications for a 'medium to high five-figure salary' in January this year.
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