In addition to its neighbourhood policing duties, the Met has to police protests, visits by overseas dignitaries and provide diplomatic protection. These national duties cost the force £345m per year but only around half of this is reimbursed by the Home Office.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan presents his Final Draft Consolidated Budget to members of the London Assembly. Members
The charge will be levied on top of the Congestion Charge and will apply to any vehicle which does not meet Euro 4 standards, meaning drivers of such vehicles will pay a total of £21.50 for entering the congestion charge zone.
The new buses will enter service next spring on routes C1 and 70 and will take the total number of electric buses to 121. Both routes are operated by RATP and run between White City and Victoria and between South Kensington and Acton respectively.
Conservatives on the London Assembly don’t like the “perk” – even some of those who’ve previously taken up the free travel card available to Assembly Members have argued that a benefit enjoyed by the partners and spouses of staff working less sociable hours than them should be axed.