Funding for London

MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Elizabeth Howlett
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You said when elected that you would fight for a better deal from Government for Londoners, however London boroughs are set to lose £13 million next financial year and thorugh the callous manipulation of statistical data London will be deprived of a further £140 million over entitlement through the neighbourhood fund over the next three years.

Mr. Mayor you appear to have failed to champion London.



Answer for Funding for London

Answer for Funding for London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I assume you mean that £13 million would be the loss if the Government limit their grant increase to 6.5%. Consultation ends on 9 January, and I will be arguing for a higher level of Government funding for London. The GLA response to the local government finance Green Paper, endorsed by the Assembly Budget Committee and myself, supported minimum year-on-year grant increases, but with no ceiling on increases. I urged Hilary Armstrong to use the latest labour market information for the grant settlement. Despite a powerful lobby for not doing this, the Minister supported my arguments, which benefited London ratepayers by over £50 million. I have lobbied strongly over the use of the index of multiple deprivation in the distribution of neighbourhood renewal grant, and will continue to do so.