Funding for London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Reference: 
2000/0468
Question By: 
Elizabeth Howlett
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

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.

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Answer

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.