Boris pushes through Budget despite majority of Assembly opposition

On Monday, I joined the majority of London Assembly Members in supporting an alternative to Boris Johnson’s 2015/2016 Budget. Despite securing the support of over half the Assembly Members the proposals were rejected by Mayor Boris Johnson at Monday’s budget meeting at City Hall and did not reach the two thirds support needed to force the Mayor to accept the changes.

If accepted by the Mayor our alternative proposals, backed by Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat Assembly Members would have:

  • Funded an additional 874 police officers – the equivalent of 28 for each London borough
  • Earmarked £308m to build new housing for London’s emergency services staff and key workers.
  • Fully reversed the Mayor’s decision to scrap the zones 4-6 PAYG cap
  • Frozen the GLA’s portion of Council Tax

Instead of listening to these common-sense proposals, the Mayor has felt it necessary to push on with his empty budget, which is largely lacking in ambition and has all the hall marks of a Mayor who is halfway out the door.

 The full Budget amendment proposed by John Biggs AM and supported by Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat AMs is available here. You can watch a video of the full meeting here.

About nickygavron

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