Dominic Cummings was slammed by a watchdog for not seeking approval before starting his paid blog, which he uses to make revelations about his time as Chief Prime Minister adviser .
Cummings, who received the order from Boris Johnson to leavest Downing Street in November, asked to undertake consultancy work, according to correspondence from the Advisory Committee on Company Appointments (Acoba).
Details of the work and for which were redacted in the correspondence between Acoba and the Cabinet Office. It was posted online after Cummings made his request.
The watchdog also posted a letter to Cummings - sent in June by its chairman, Lord Pickles - who said it wasn't clear if the request was for work other than his Substack blog, which subscribers pay £ 10 a month to read.
The letter, which cited a Times article saying that Substack "gave it a profitable platform," added that the committee did not appear to have received, or advised on, an application in relation to the blog.
Former ministers and officials mustseek advice from Acoba when they take a new paid or unpaid post outside government within two years of leaving.
" rules exist to protect the integrity of government; and make it clear that new appointments / jobs are not to be taken or announced until advice has been received. It looks like you are breaking these rules, ”the letter added, indicating that the committee was seeking clarification.
A September 10 letter to the Cabinet Office of Cat Marshall, the committee secretariat, said: "This failure to seek and wait for advice committee was a violation of the rules reported to the Cabinet Office in July. "
He added:" Mr. Cummings did not provide the committee with a response to his correspondence regarding the rule violation.
"This request to consultation for [redacted] relates directly to its previous violation of the rules and, therefore, the committee refuses to provide advice on this occasion. "
In June, Cummings has launched a profile on Substack, a platform that allows people to subscribe to newsletter mailing lists.
In an article on the site , he said he would give out information about the coronavirus pandemic for free, as well as some details about his time in Downing Street.
He added the revelation s on 'more obscure things about the media, Westminster, ' inside # 10 ', how did we do Brexit in 2019, the 2019 election, etc.' would only be available for those who paid the £ 10 per month for a subion.