The Mayor cannot assume devolution is a simple or complete solution to all of the problems facing London’s National Rail services. Separating out London suburban services from longer-distance services is a complex process that could benefit some rail users more than others.
The Scottish independence referendum has had a galvanising effect and now it seems every political party is competing and setting out their own stall on devolution.
Yes it’s true that we desperately need more fiscal autonomy, but we also need to define new economic boundaries. The Capital needs to partner with the South-East to create a new devolved “Thames City” super-region.
There is a growing consensus that central government should devolve more tax revenues to City Hall, but I’d like them to go much further. The Mayor should have the ability to introduce ‘smart taxes’ and charges which reshape our city as well as raising revenue. The London Assembly then need additional powers to keep the Mayor in check.
It has always been my position that through a more coordinated and strategically planned health protection and provision we can reduce inequalities and improve care. Together, alongside better coordination with the voluntary sector, I do believe we can make London a healthier place for all.