The big news was that police funding will be frozen, rather than cut, as some had expected. But what does this mean for the Met – and what about the rest of London’s services – including transport, housing and regeneration?
There have been numerous scandals where outsourcing has been poorly organised, ineffective and costly. But what would be concerning is if the Met decided to outsource to companies with little or no transparency in its dealings.
Easing London’s overcrowded transport network has to be a priority – we simply can’t afford to ignore the problem. But can we afford to build the solution?
Labour’s John Biggs says the last budget of Boris Johnson’s mayoralty is published against a back-drop of high unemployment, rising crime and increasingly unaffordable transport fares. Our Labour alternative proposes to cut fares for hard-pressed commuters, better target police resources to fight crime, and funds skills and employment programmes to get Londoners back to work. […]
In the third of our Mayor’s budget articles Labour’s John Biggs attacks Boris Johnson’s “do nothing budget” and says recent fare increases will cancel out the Mayor’s freezing of the GLA precept.