Boris Johnson and the missing £5.3m of rough sleeping funding… Part 2

Last week at Mayor’s Question Time I questioned Boris Johnson on rough sleeping.

Last year the Government devolved £33.8 million to the Mayor to spend between 2011 and 2015 on commissioning pan-London rough sleeping services that were previously commissioned directly by central government.

In December 2011 the Mayor published his draft budget, which accounted for the entire £33.8 million.

However, the Mayor’s final budget in March cut £5.3 million from this amount – outlining spending of £7.5 million in 2011/12 and £21 million for the remaining three years (2011 to 2015 – including £9.5 million that will be spent this year).

In addition, the Mayor has failed to publish his Rough Sleeping Commissioning Framework for 2011/15 more than ten months after the consultation closed on 12 August 2012. This document needed to be published in order to re-let the contracts on seven rough sleeping services that expired on 31 March 2012.

I pressed the Mayor on why he took £5.3 million out of his final budget and why he has failed to deliver the framework needed to commission future services.

You can watch our exchange by following this link.


About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor of London. London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and GLA Labour Spokesperson for Planning. NPF Member.
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