London Assembly members will vote tomorrow on whether to approve the Mayor’s final draft budget for the coming financial year, the first to be drawn up since the coalition government’s spending review which saw public spending across the UK cut back.
Tomorrow’s meeting, during which the Mayor will be questioned on his spending plans for the Greater London Authority and its functional bodies, is the final stage of the Assembly’s scrutiny of the budget.
Earlier this month Assembly Members expressed concerns on funding for policing, sustained investment and environmental problems and agreed a motion calling on the Mayor to “recast” his spending priorities to provide more funding in these areas.
Questioned by AMs at a session of the Assembly on February 10th, the Mayor revealed he was lifting a recruitment freeze in the Met, promising to deliver hundreds of new officers as a result of an additional £42m in police funding.
He also pleased cycling campaigners and opposition politicians by reversing a decision to cut the amount of money given to boroughs for local transport projects.
After they have questioned the Mayor at tomorrow’s meeting, AMs will vote to approve the budget. Any proposed amendments much be backed by at least two-thirds of the Assembly Members voting.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, 23 February from 10am in The Chamber at City Hall.