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Response to the Mayor’s draft consultation budget 2019-20

Date published: 
16 January 2019

Key issues

The London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee today publishes its Response to the Mayor’s Draft Consultation Budget 2019/20 which highlights areas of potential concern within the Mayor’s numbers.

The Committee’s response highlights:

  • The impact of the Crossrail delay and a potential renewed fares freeze
  • The uncertainty of funding for Crossrail 2
  • Police officer numbers amid concerns over violent crime and a lack of clarity over the impact of reductions in central government funding
  • The need to maintain strong house-building growth 
  • The ability to measure and judge the Mayor’s performance

Read our press release.

Recommendations

Smart London Crossrail

Measuring Delivery

1 The Mayor should set a 2020 target for all of his KPIs. All KPIs should have a quantifiable performance measure which allows progress to be monitored quarterly. If the Mayor wants to change any of his KPIs, he should write to the committee explaining the reasons for this.

Transport

2 As a co-sponsor of Crossrail the Mayor should require all future agendas, agenda papers and minutes for the Crossrail Board and the Crossrail Sponsor Board to be published. The Mayor should abandon the practice of using private TfL Board sessions to discuss Crossrail; where this is required, papers and minutes should be published after the meeting. The Mayor should also commit to regular updates to the Assembly on how Crossrail is spending its budget.

3 In advance of the Spending Review the Mayor should set out how London can meet its funding requirements for Crossrail 2, in light of the decision to redirect Business Rate Supplement revenues toward repaying loans for Crossrail.

4 The Mayor should instruct TfL to publish the modelling of a second term fares freeze by the end of the 2018-19 financial year.

5 The Mayor needs to be clear about what TfL capital projects are at risk. TfL needs to make public full details of which projects are high priority and which are not.

6 TfL needs to ensure that key capital renewal and modernisation projects continue as planned, and where projects have been put on hold, it must be clear about the impact this will have on passengers.

Police on duty

Police

7 The Met need to assess how many officers they need to deliver their current policing model, with a view to understanding how their policing model would need to change if the number of police officers were to fall significantly below the present level.

8 The Met’s new performance framework should include key performance indicators that measure the outcomes and progress of the One Met model and Digital policing strategies.

Housing

9 The Mayor should clarify what his core housing targets actually are, rather than having a wide range. He should also publish targets by tenure.

10 The Mayor should commission and publish rigorous assessments of value for money on housing schemes where GLA money has been allocated.

11 OPDC’s business plan should include an assessment of the inherent risks in its capital funding plan. Recommendation 12 OPDC should provide clarity to the committee on the timeline of its capital plans, specifically how it will manage the land acquisition and sale process in Old Oak Common and Park Royal by April 2019.

Environment

14 The Mayor should explain why he has not diverted any additional funding towards environmental work.

Fire and Resilience

15 The London Fire Commissioner should review what resources will be needed considering the possibility of extra demands (short term and ongoing) from the Grenfell Tower inquiry, reforms to building regulations, and changes in firefighting policy.

Industrial Strategy

16 The Mayor should set out his plans for developing and funding a London Industrial Strategy or re-allocate this money to other areas.