Farce as Assembly votes not to quiz Mayor over budget

The London Assembly will question the Mayor on Wednesday.

Scrutiny of Boris Johnson’s £14bn budget was curtailed this morning after London Assembly members voted not to question the Mayor over his plans for the coming financial year. Assembly Members were set to quiz the Mayor on his 2013/14 budget, which includes cuts to police and fire budgets which will herald major reforms to both […]

Cycle campaign swamps City Hall’s email service


London Assembly Members have received thousands of emails in support of an amendment to the Mayor’s budget which would raise the cycling budget to 2% of the capital’s annual transport budget. The amendment proposes increasing cycle spending by £41 million and reducing TfL’s £1.3 billion reserves by the same sum. It will be presented by […]

Assembly amends Mayor’s draft budget to save 999 services

The London Assembly will question the Mayor on Wednesday.

Boris Johnson has been urged to scrap a planned 7p per week cut in City Hall’ share of the council tax in order to save fire stations and police front counters. Cuts in City Hall and central Government funding mean the London Fire Brigade and Metropolitan Police are having to cut costs. Fire Commissioner Ron […]

Labour accuse Boris’s police deputy of “spinning” after officer number error

Deputy Mayor for Policing Stephen Greenhalgh heads the MOPAC.

Boris Johnson’s Deputy Mayor for Policing has been accused of “spinning” and engaging in a “flawed” consultation over police reforms after it emerged published police officer numbers were inaccurate. The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) is currently consultation on proposals to cut the number of police front counters and free up more officers […]

Labour proposes City Hall budget to fund jobs guarantee


Boris Johnson will today be urged to re-allocate receipts from business rates to protect the capital’s police and fire services. Labour members of the London Assembly will today (Friday) present an amendment to the Mayor’s 2013/14 budget which they say would allow him to reverse planned cuts and reduce fares. The amendment also includes proposals […]