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.
Internal briefing documents show that many of ‘his’ announcements had been sitting on TfL and City Hall’s computers waiting for the election result to come in.
The safety of buses has deteriorated in the last year. There were 4,297 injuries between April and December 2015, compared with 4,196 over the same period the year before (an increase of 2.5 per cent). However, the number of casualties being taken to hospital decreased by 4.2 per cent over the same period, suggesting that the increase was driven by a rise in minor injuries.
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.
One of the more disjointed devolution deals, the West of England Mayoralty will cover North East Somerset, Bath and Bristol. Unlike Bristol, it’s likely to be an uphill struggle for her Majesty’s opposition.