The London Assembly today welcomed a commitment from the Olympic Delivery Authority to ensure openness and transparency as they work towards delivering the infrastructure of the 2012 Olympic Games.
As part of its scrutiny of the Olympics preparations, the Assembly questioned David Higgins, the ODA’s Chief Executive, on the cost of the Olympics, legacy plans, employment opportunities, transport services and environmental issues.
During the six years to the games Assembly Members are to carry out in-depth monitoring of preparations for the Games to ensure the best value for money for Londoners and to ensure the Olympics will enhance London’s reputation as a world-class city.
Speaking after the hearing Brian Coleman AM, Chairman of the London Assembly, said the Assembly "welcome the way David Higgins approached his first public hearing in front of Assembly Members on progress since the success of London’s bid. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the ODA as we both work towards achieving a successful event."
His comments were echoed by other Members. Jennette Arnold AM, said: "I am pleased that the ODA has recognised how vital it is for local people to be in a position to take advantage of employment opportunities that arise from the Olympics. Not just in building venues, but in areas like IT and the media, which should create thousands of jobs in East London."
Dee Doocey AM, said: "It is essential that the Olympics organisers are accountable to Londoners, who are making huge contributions to this major event.
I was delighted that David Higgins has agreed to provide us with a full disclosure of the revised budget, which he expects to be available at the end of the year."
Under the finance plans agreed with central Government Londoners are to pay £20 per year per band D household for 10 years to cover part of the costs of hosting the games.