Mayor pushed on Right to Buy and ULEZ

21 May 2015

At Mayor’s Question Time today, the London Assembly called on the Mayor to consider the impact of extending Right to Buy to housing associations, and to examine whether opting more boroughs into the Ultra Low Emissions Zone would help meet air quality targets.

The first amendment to the motion in the name of the Chair[1] was proposed by Tom Copley AM and seconded by Darren Johnson AM. It:

“… calls on the Mayor to commission an assessment of the implications of extending Right to Buy to Housing Association tenants and present the evidence to the Housing Committee for scrutiny.”

This amendment was passed by 14 votes in favour and 4 votes against.

 

The second amendment was proposed by Jenny Jones AM and seconded by Murad Qureshi AM. It reads:

“This Assembly notes the Mayor’s answer that he is open to boroughs including more of their area in the Ultra Low Emission Zone, but notes that this was not offered in the recent consultation on his proposals. This Assembly therefore calls on the Mayor to request that TfL assess whether more boroughs opting in to the Ultra Low Emission Zone by 2020 would bring London into compliance with the European legal limits for nitrogen dioxide concentrations, and to publish that assessment.”

This amendment was passed unanimously.

 

The full text of the final motion is:

“That this Assembly notes the answers to the questions asked and calls on the Mayor to commission an assessment of the implications of extending Right to Buy to Housing Association tenants and present the evidence to the Housing Committee for scrutiny.

“This Assembly notes the Mayor’s answer that he is open to boroughs including more of their area in the Ultra Low Emission Zone, but notes that this was not offered in the recent consultation on his proposals. This Assembly therefore calls on the Mayor to request that TfL assess whether more boroughs opting in to the Ultra Low Emission Zone by 2020 would bring London into compliance with the European legal limits for nitrogen dioxide concentrations, and to publish that assessment.”

This motion passed with 14 votes in favour and 6 votes against.

Notes to editors

Notes to editors:

  1. The original motion can be viewed here.
  2. Watch the full webcast.
  3. Tom Copley AM and Jenny Jones AM who proposed the amendments are available for interviews. Please see contact details below.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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