Mayor Sadiq Khan

Can the Mayor make his numbers work?

07 January 2019

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan faces some headline-grabbing pressures on his budget for next year, 2019-20.

  • The Mayor has pledged to mount a sustained challenge against a culture of crime but still has to take £263 million out of the Met’s budget by 2022-23.
  • The delay to the Crossrail project has blown a £600 million hole in his transport budget which was already suffering from a drop in passenger numbers and reduced Government grants.
  • Meanwhile, City Hall staff numbers continue to rise and the Mayor continues to pursue his costly commitment to a fares freeze.

On Tuesday, the London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee will question the Mayor on how he can make his budget work at a time of great fiscal uncertainty. Will the hike in council tax make his numbers work? 

The guests are:

  • Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
  • David Bellamy, Mayor’s Chief of Staff, GLA
  • Martin Clarke, Executive Director of Resources, GLA
  • David Gallie, Assistant Director, Group Finance, GLA

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 8 from 10.00am in The Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend

The meeting can also be viewed LIVE via webcast or on our YouTube channel.

Follow us on Twitter and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyBudget

Notes to editors

  1. Gareth Bacon AM, Chairman of the Budget & Performance Committee is available for interview. 
  2. Read the full agenda papers.
  3. Budget & Performance Committee.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Giles Broadbent on 020 7983 4067. For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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