Olympic bosses have come under fire after it was revealed just 112 of the 4,500 workers on the Olympic Park are people from neighbouring boroughs, who were previously unemployed.
The figures were confirmed yesterday when members of the London Assembly questioned Oylimpic chiefs, including Lord Coe and John Armitt, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, about the preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
Liberal Democrat London Assembly Olympics spokesperson Dee Doocey branded the low number “pitiful” and said the Olympics Delivery Authority should not “hide behind national comparisons with other building sites.”
“The 2012 Games had a specific task to provide a legacy, which must include new work and training opportunities for unemployed Londoners who live near to the park. It is time the ODA rose to the challenge and delivered a real employment legacy from the Olympics.”