The Mayor’s budget plans affect on police and fire services in London

06 January 2014

This meeting took place on 7 January 2014. Read the transcript for the first section here and the second section here.

How will the Mayor’s draft budget for 2014/15 [1] affect the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and London Fire Brigade? Will they be able to meet savings targets without compromising front line services?

The London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee will tomorrow question Deputy Mayor for Policing Stephen Greenhalgh and representatives of the Met and London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) in the next stage of their examination of the Mayor’s budget plans.

The Committee will further explore issues raised in its Pre-Budget Report [2] which questioned how targets for improved services will be achieved while budgets are being cut by up to a fifth over three years.

The following guests will be questioned:

Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime;

Lynda McMullan, Director of Police Resources and Performance, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC);

Annabel Cowell, Head of Strategic Finance and Resource, MOPAC;

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey, MPS;

Ian Percival, Director of Group Finance, MPS;

James Cleverly AM, Chairman, LFEPA;

Ron Dobson, Commissioner, LFEPA; and

Sue Budden, Director of Financial and Contractual Services, LFEPA.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, 7 January from 10am in Committee Room 5 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 via webcast.

Notes for Editors:

Mayor’s draft budget 2014/15

Pre-Budget Report

Full agenda papers

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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