While our annual cycle of scrutiny actually begins in July, when the Mayor publishes his budget guidance for the GLA Group, our work really ramps up in the late autumn, when we start looking at the Mayor’s budget proposals for the next year.
Previously seen as the cash cow of the GLA Group, TfL is coming under severe financial pressure that will limit the Mayor’s ability to implement his manifesto commitments unless carefully managed.
Whilst on the face of it bringing in new managerial control on the southern rail network sounds like a good thing, there would remain a danger that Sadiq Khan’s proposal would backfire and cause more harm than good.
The Mayor of London was challenged by Assembly Members on several pledges made in his election manifesto and throughout his campaign. But when asked to confirm or clarify key policies on housing, transport, policing and the green belt, the Mayor was forced to row back.
We all know our city is growing rapidly. London’s population is set to rise from 8.6 million to 10 million in 2030. So how will we accommodate all this growth? Where will these people live? How will they get to work, visit family and friends or explore what this wonderful city has to offer?