After months of hype, Sadiq Khan has finally announced Amy Lamé as his new Night Czar but the post is already smaller than when he first invited applications.
The Mayoral decision creating the role said the successful candidate:
“Will act as the Chair or Deputy Chair of the Night Commission.”
Yet today Sadiq says:
“I look forward to appointing a new Chair of the Commission to work with Amy to ensure London thrives as a 24-hour-city.”
and his press release makes no mention of Lamé serving as Deputy Chair.
Instead of helping to lead the Commission
“The new Night Czar will also work very closely with the Chair of the Night Time Commission, to capitalise on the growth of London’s night time economy as well as looking at ways to create a safer, more responsible nightlife for the city’s residents.”
The salary and time commitment seem to have remained the same at “up to £35,000 per annum for up to two-and-a-half days’ work per week” but already the role’s scope has been slashed so that it now looks like little more than a ribbon cutting ‘ambassadorship’.