The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has published his first draft budget confirming plans to invest a £3.2bn to deliver affordable housing, doubling the amount spent on tackling London’s poor air quality and freezing all Transport for London fares for four years.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “My first budget as Mayor of London sets out my plans to ensure that all Londoners get the opportunities that our wonderful city gave to me. Crucially, it is a budget designed to deliver real results for Londoners.”
The Government is making significant cuts in the Met’s funding for next year. This is after the Met has made £600 million of cuts since 2013 and £420 million of future cuts are required over the next four years.
The budget proposes to close this gap, partially through proposals announced last week to increase the policing share of council tax bills by an average of 8p a week from April 2017 in order to help maintain police officer numbers across London.
The draft 2017/2018 budget covers the entire Greater London Authority Group – including Transport for London, the London Legacy Development Corporation, the Metropolitan Police service and the London Fire Brigade. Its plans include:
· £3.15 billion investment to support 90,000 new genuinely affordable homes in the capital over the next five years;
· A freeze on all TfL fares for four years, while protecting concessions and extending the new Hopper bus fare;
· Maintaining the strategic target of 32,000 police officers for London against the backdrop of significant Government cuts to police funding for London, with real neighbourhood policing for all and better support for victims;
· Tackling London’s air that is resulting in 9,400 deaths every year by doubling the amount spent on improving air quality from £425m committed by the previous Mayor to £875m through to 2021/22;
· Record investment in modernising transport infrastructure including the biggest Tube capacity growth London has ever seen, extending the London Overground and Northern lines, starting planning for the Bakerloo Line extension and progressing new east London river crossings;
· Continuing to work with London’s businesses, investors and innovators to ensure London’s key sectors are protected and Londoners’ economic opportunities maximised during the forthcoming negotiations to leave the European Union.
· Launching a Skills for Londoners taskforce, to ensure skills training meets the needs of London’s economy.
· A proposed additional commitment of £4m on culture as a top priority for London, to fund new projects including London Borough of Culture, Creative Enterprise Zones and a vision for 24-hour London.
· A shift towards more active and healthier travel for Londoners, by making walking and cycling easier, safer and more attractive;
· A target to dispatch a fire engine within 10 minutes to any incident anywhere in London 90 per cent of the time. This is an improvement on the current standard;
A consultation document that sets out the Mayor’s proposals has now been made available on the Greater London Authority website at: www.london.gov.uk/budget
Members of the public have until 12 January 2017 to comment on the draft Budget. The Budget is due to be considered by the London Assembly on 25 January and 10 February.